Wednesday, 3 June 2009

George leaves them wanting more

I don't usually do requests, but my story about the departure from BP of Lord Browne's former speechwriter George Trefgarne has prompted a string of pleas for a series of GT's greatest hits.
Treffers, you'll recall, once hilariously infuriated SNP leader Alex Salmond by suggesting that the UK give Scotland (instead of Gibraltar) to Spain. But among his other famous gems was, in 2004, accusing a string of "lazy, middle-aged" Tory MPs of hogging safe seats which should have been given over to the next Conservative generation.
There were just a couple of small flaws with the bed-blocking examples used in George's lucid argument, as two of those charged of idleness had an excuse for their Commons absence. They had recently undergone major heart surgery!

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