Tuesday 6 December 2016

Skippy's death is least of Cameron's troubles

Nicholas Leonard

Published 08/08/2011 | 05:00

When the British Prime Minister David Cameron went to Spain for a few days in May, his choice of holiday reading was 'Skippy Dies', a black comedy by the Irish novelist, Paul Murray, about teenagers in an expensive Dublin boarding school and their obsession with drugs, sex and the meaning of life.

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Cameron knows a thing or two about that kind of adolescent angst. He went to Eton and was lucky not be expelled at the age of 15, back in 1982, when he was caught smoking cannabis.

'Skippy Dies' is 672 pages long so it's not surprising that Cameron failed to get to the end of it while he was in Spain. He now has it with him on his holiday in Italy but his chances of finishing it this month look close to zero.

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