The Bullingdon Club: Boris, Dave and Gideon, yes, but an aspiring Liberal MP and a former Party President, surely not!?


Bullingdon Boys - we know lots of them are Tories, surely none can be Liberal Democrats!

By now everyone knows of the antics of the Bullingdon Club, and whether it is trashing pubs or throwing other students ‘in the Mercury’ nothing comes as a shock any more. Even being members of the Tory front bench comes as no shock.

However, there are a number of surprise members that tell you a lot about it.  Whether it is Kings, Princes, Knights or Lords, two stood out for me as surprising.

Perhaps ‘pillars of the establishment’ like Darius Guppy, Nathaniel Rothschild and Gottfried von Bismarck from the modern era might not come as a much of a surprise.  Nor, for that matter might Cecil Rhodes, Edward VIII, Lord Randolph Churchill or Rasputin’s nemesis Prince Felix Yussupov from yesteryear. The description ‘colourful’ does not do these chaps justice. You might even be impressed to know that David Dimbleby, John Profumo and Alan Clark were members whilst at Oxford.

Two notable Liberals stand out from the list.

Tim Beaumont, President of the Liberal Party in the 1960s, who later joined the Green Party, sitting in the House of Lords, as The Rev. Lord Beaumont of Whitley, was a very engaging chap, funny and charming he surprised with his later politics as a member of the Bullingdon Club.

The other, the much lamented Sir Ludovic Kennedy, who died recently, contested Rochdale for the Liberal Party in the 1950s, and was also a Bullingdon member whilst at the University.

It makes you wonder if there are any more Liberal Democrats out there who were members of the Bullingdon Club, especially of the present crop of Liberal Democrat MPs and peers.

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Modern would look a lot different if Mr Griffin ever came to power!

Modern Britain would look a lot different if Mr Griffin ever came to power!

Well full of a combination of virtue, anger, shame and pride I ended my Question Time experience last night. Although I have advocated Mr Griffin’s appearance, and consequent interrogation, on Question Time I still found it a deeply unnerving and dirty process.

In the same moment I felt shame that anyone British holds these views and pride that the panel, David Dimbleby and the audience expressed their anger, and distaste, at this man’s political views.  All in all anyone who can utter such perverse views about non-violent members of the Ku Klux Klan KKK and not renouncing his denial of the holocaust has no place in democratic politics.

But, then I had a shiver that this might just be the first in a number of media appearances as Mr Griffin enters the world of celebrity.

Popular culture would have to change a great deal if Mr Griffin were to get his way, perhaps he might appear on reality TV!

Strictly Come Dancing, for example, would be very different. Of the six winners of the programme, so far, Natasha Kaplinsky, Mark Ramprakash and Alesha Dixon would not be contestants because Mr Griffin would have returned them to their homelands. The only judge would be Len Goodman, with Bruno, Craig and Alesha also being sent back to their respective countries.

This is what Mr Griffin does not grasp; Britain has changed for the better, and is culturally, socially and economically enriched by people who have joined his ‘ethnically pure indigenous peoples’!

If Mr Griffin ever did come to power I presume he understands that it would not just be people who he wanted to leave who would.