Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Old school ties

Some of you may have wondered why a 'hitherto obscure, rookie' MP from a small opposition party may have landed an invitation to one of the infamously boozy Private Eye lunches.

Aside from the possibility that some of the stories in the Eye lately (chiefly about Rover and vote fraud) seem to bear the fingerprints of that newbie, it is interesting to note that the editor of that illustrious organ, Ian Hislop, is also an alumnus of Magdalen College, Oxford and a contemporary of Cllr Hemming. Proverbially, there is no honour amongst thieves, but there seems to be even less honour amongst journalists and politicians, hence the embarrassing little tale below.

(Hat tip to an anonymous source, by the way)

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