Sunday 19 November 2017

What can we really expect from a pig but a grunt or two?

Lord Ashcroft might have important revelations, but all we cared about was the dead pig, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

'[Cameron] tried for years to play down his background, rather than laughing and changing the subject'
'[Cameron] tried for years to play down his background, rather than laughing and changing the subject'
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

In these dark times, and being a believer in the importance of getting one's laughs where one can, I'm grateful for those provided in the last few weeks by British politics.

The latest from the Labour Party is that Jeremy Corbyn's farming spokeswoman, a campaigning vegan, has said: "Meat is murder… which means, I suppose, milk must be manslaughter."

But it has been the Tories' week for making everyone say: "Good grief!" Livestock was a theme here too, for Cameron was alleged, when at Oxford, to have "inserted a private part of his anatomy' into a dead pig's mouth in an initiation ceremony for the Piers Gaveston Society.

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