Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Old Chums Connection

No complaints, because we live in the world as it is. But further investigation into the background of Frank Luntz reveals some very interesting connections from the past.

In the 1980s Frank was at Oxford, where he obtained a Doctorate in politics. He was also a member of the Oxford Union Standing Committee.

By a curious coincidence, Michael Gove MP was Union President at the time. He succeeded to the post shortly after the immortal Boris MP. And very shortly after that, Ed Vaizey MP arrived, becoming an OU Librarian (it's one of those curious Oxford type posts that is more politico than literary).

So the guy that did such a splendid job for Dave C on Monday's Newsnight is an old Union chum of three key Cameron supporters.

And there's more. BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson- the one who enthused about DC's speech and then told Conference viewers that DD's speech just wasn't good enough- he was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association during the same period.

Hmmm...I have a strong feeling that if I dug further I'd unearth a whole lot more.

To be truthful, I'm torn on how I feel about this. My inital reaction was screaming indignation. I don't like the pungent whiff of cosy chumdom that is so obviously working to Our Man's disadvantage. We know that the last 236 graduate Prime Ministers all went to Oxford, but this degree of cosiness doesn't feel like that modern Britain we were all hearing so much about last week (and I speak as someone who actually went there myself).

But on the other hand, when did we Tories- any of us- last get underarm bowling from the media- and especially the BBC?

Nah...forget it. This is the real world. The only way the BBC and the rest of the lib media will give us a break is if we abandon the Tory party. Otherwise, normal service will be resumed as soon as the leadership contest is over. Whoever wins.


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