Saturday, 9 March 2013

Lord Bonkers sees Ming Campbell taken out of mothballs

A grey morning on the coast of Fife. When Clegg decided an article had to be written for Liberal Democrat Voice defending his ridiculous decision to support secret courts, he announced there was only one thing for it: Sir Walter Menzies Campbell CBE QC MP would have to be got out of mothballs and launched from Rosyth.

It is a magnificent sight as Ming takes to the water again, urged on by Elspeth – the only woman I have ever met who could have gone fifteen rounds with the first Lady Bonkers – and amid much hauling of ropes and creaking of rivets, and is born down the Firth of Forth on the turning tide.

“He’s no been the same since Jutland,” remarks one observer with mordant wit. “Since the Battle of the Nile, you mean,” returns another, pawkily.

People can be so unfair.

Lord Bonkers, who was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West 1906-10, was speaking to Jonathan Calder.

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