Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Bunga-Bunga Royal Wedding

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Bunga-Bunga Royal Wedding

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A common mistake made by non-Etonians (or should that be un-Etonians?) is to lump us all together in the same boat when there are as many varieties of Etonian as there are butterfly. It is a school, after all, whose alumni range from Michael Bentine to Dominic West; from William Gladstone to Jeremy Thorpe; from Keynes and Orwell to the brothers Wales. To tar such varied characters with the same brush is surely to commit a grave category error.

Take our dear PM. He would not be the first to admit it, but he is far from the most thoughtful of Old Etonians. Dave has always been an OE in a hurry--not necessarily on the make but certainly anxious to crack on. This tendency only being exacerbated during his time as "head honcho in Carlton TV's award-winning PR department".

Since then he has, like all PR people, fallen into the bad habit of confusing making a flurry of "significant announcements" with attempting to achieve something of worth.

Looking back on the coalition's first year--an anniversary unlikely to be commemorated with Dave 'n' Nick mugs--one finds it hard not to note the absence of beef. It has been all jaw-jaw except for the unfortunate war-war we have been conned into entering by Nicolas Sarkozy, le petit bombardier. All of which has made the backbenchers twitchy. In their collective gut, they have never trusted DC and now, in what passes for their collective mind, they are compiling a list of reasons to support their bowels. …

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