And we thought Currie’s affair with Major was extreme

IT SEEMS the gloves are off on both sides of the political divide this week. In the red corner, Diane Abbott, the former lover of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been propelled to front bench stardom. Funny that, after 30 years in parliament and only one very short stint on the front bench, she has moved so swiftly up the ranks.
Known for her loud mouth and outspoken views, there can be no doubt what Abbott, the Hackney and Stoke Newington MP, would have had to say if one of her colleagues from the other side of the chamber has been catapulted to the front row? We wouldn’t have heard the last of it.
She may have called in a few favours and offered to keep her notorious gob shut in exchange for a top job. It has been widely reported that she once romped naked with Corbyn in a Cotswold field.
But what does Abbott’s appointment say about Corbyn’s integrity? He famously divorced his second wife after she sent their son to grammar school. He has conveniently overlooked the fact Abbott completely disregarded her socialist principles by sending her own son James to the then £10,000-a-year City of London school.
Abbott’s rise to the top comes after a mixed week for Corbyn. He has already faced criticism in his choice of hardline Left-winger John McDonnell – who once spoke of ‘honouring’ the IRA – as shadow chancellor. He has also promoted Lord Mike Watson – jailed for arson in 2004 – to an education job and union stalwart Ian Lavery, once convicted of football hooliganism, to Shadow Charities Minister.
Meanwhile, in the blue corner things are really kicking off. Lord Ashcroft, a billionaire who funded the Tory party for years, has published a book, ‘Call me Dave’, which makes allegations of drug taking and debauchery by David Cameron.
The book also claims the Prime Minister was aware, as early 2009, that Lord Ashcroft was a controversial ‘non dom’ who did not pay UK tax on his overseas earnings. Shiny Dave had previously claimed he did not know until 2010 about the tax status of a man who had given his party £8 million – suggesting the public had the wool pulled over their eyes in the run up to that year’s general election.
The pair fell out big time when Cameron failed to honour a promise to give Lord Ashcroft a significant role in government if the Tories won power.
In the book, Lord Ashcroft claims Mr Cameron was a member of a ‘dope smoking group’ called the Flam Club at Oxford University and that cocaine was later allowed to be used at he and his wife’s house in London.
‘Call me Dave’ also claims the PM was also involved in a debauched Oxford society that specialises in ‘bizarre rituals and sexual excesses’. The book reports to have spoken to a source who claims that during the initiation ceremony Cameron ‘put a private part of his anatomy’ into a dead pig’s mouth. He also claims to have photographic evidence. The mind boggles.
The book tells of Mr Cameron’s membership of the exclusive Oxford dining club, known as Piers Gaveston and his time with the Bullingdon Club, a drinking society for the super-rich, notorious for bad behavior and trashing restaurants. It was at his initiation to the Piers Gaveston club that the initiation with the dead pig and the penis is alleged to have taken place.
I’m off for a lie down in a darkened room. All this naked romping in Cotswold fields and dead pig’s heads – and the very people involved – has taken its toll. It wasn’t so long ago that the revelation that John Major had an affair with Edwina Currie was thought to be extreme. If only we’d known what else was going on.
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Kevan Blackadder

Written by Kevan Blackadder

Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.

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