Yes, I did and no-one is more surprised than me! To be strictly accurate, always a high priority here at D&N, of course, it was not actually The Guardian but a guest column by the impeccably high Tory, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, to which I am referring. He begins by quoting the novelist, Robert Harris, who was one of those Leftie sympathisers, like Oliver Kamm, who swallowed whole the buckets of syrup that 'Tony' Blair and the New Labour agit-prop organisation ladled out to the unwary but who had the perspicacity (unlike, alas, the usually highly intelligent Oliver Kamm who still worships at the shrine) to see through the collection of mendacious ratbags who constituted the court of King 'Tone' and made clear in his writings what a malignant growth they were on the body-politic of our country.
That, of course, is now history, and soon, with a bit of luck and a following wind, will it be for the Labour party, new or old. So Wheatcroft turns his attention to the court of the 'king in waiting', 'Dave' Cameron. What does he find? An almost exact replica of Blair's comfy, cosy, sinister central committee filled with second-rate greasers and morally corrupt parliamentarians. Sitting at the right hand of 'King' Cameron we find the odious figure of 'Andy' "I have no recollection" Coulson, the former editor, not of The Times, or even The Guardian, either of which are newspapers of political weight and repute, but the News of the World whose main purpose in life is not to search in gutters for stories but to go even lower in order to sniff and snuffle in the sewers! I have nothing against them doing that, I'm all for it, but as I have remarked before, the man who clears a blockage in your toilet might be essential but you wouldn't necessarily want him as your constant companion. However, this is the man whom 'Dave' reckons to be essential for his future administration and for that reason alone I am fearful of the outcome. Will he out-Campbell Campbell? Probably because Campbell is, as we all know from his frequent demonstrations of it, stupid beyond words.
In addition, 'King' Cameron needs must surround himself with some of the biggest boot-fillers and trough-swillers to be exposed in the recent parliamentary expenses scandal, the likes of Gove, Duncan and Maude. Then there is his Chancellor, a man who has already demonstrated a massive lack of judgment by smarming round a dodgy Russian billionaire, and even worse, doing so in company with, pause as I shake my little bag of garlic, Peter Mandelson! Anyway, read Wheatcroft's essay, he says it all much better than me.
I will add one caveat. I have said before in reference to 'Oprah' Obama that you can never tell with certainty what sort of a fist any politician will make of the top job until they are in it. I hoped for the best when 'Tony' Blair came to power but within months, following the Ecclestone affair, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was a born-again liar. Similarly with Obama, I now know that he is a deeply resentful racist with a grudge against whites. So we will have to wait to see how Cameron turns out even if the omens are not propitious. At the moment I am reading the book I referred to in an earlier post which tells the story of the 'friendship' between Lloyd George and Churchill, two of the greatest prime ministers of the 20th century. Reading about their behaviour and character before they reached the pinnacle would have led a sensible man to shudder at the thought of either of them being in charge of anything more than a parish council - and how wrong that 'sensible' man would have been.
I am away until Sunday.