Monday, 7 January 2013
Crikey, sometimes one feels really old. Idle was at school with Tom Strathclyde and has kept in touch with him, off and on, ever since. In those crazy, far-off days when it seemed like a good idea to become a (Conservative) MP, Tom was kind enough to be one of my two sponsors. Most recently, I have encountered him at the country club where we were both extravagant enough to send our daughters to boarding school.
Now he has decided to retire from politics AFTER 25 YEARS ON THE FRONT BENCH in the Lords. Crumbs! Are we really as old as that? Strathclyde thinks he has time for a bit of a career in the private sector, so we’re not dead yet.
Whilst there will be more Hobnobs and Custard Creams for the others around the Cabinet table, this is a blow. He learned his trade at the knee of the then Lord Cranborne, who out-grandees most holders of office in the Lords in the past generation. Tom is a proper old-fashioned Tory, loyal and steady. He shares a pragmatic outlook with the Prime Minister, but I don’t think this leads him into Social Liberal territory as it does with Cameron. His instinct is that of a Tory, not a PR flimflam merchant. This may be proved by his resignation, which some commentators are saying is down, pure and simple, to his exasperation with the clowns and political re-treads who make up the LibDem benches in the Lords. He’s well out of it, surely. At least we can be sure that the ridiculous and immature Clegg reforms are dead and buried.
Now that he has more time to himself, I think I’ll invite Tom for lunch at my club. It might have to be after bonus day, though.
création d' idle at 5:41 pm