to patronising idiot Kay Burley
interviewing Harry Beckhough, the Conservative Party's longest-serving member, who was mentioned by David Cameron in his conference speech. Sample question: "You didn’t used to have 24 hour news when you first started in politics, did you?"
Here's the blurb for Beckhough's autobiography
: Student, soldier, code-breaker, intelligence officer, educationalist, teacher, textile manufacturer and political activist. Father, grandfather, writer, thinker; it is all there in this remarkable book. Remarkable not only for Harry Beckhough's quite amazing power of recall, often of the most intricate detail, but above all for its sense of humanity. Harry recalls his early childhood, student years and founding of the Wakefield Shirt Company before going on to tell of his wartime experiences as a military intelligence officer and codebreaker. We learn of post-war Germany as Harry is tasked with rebuilding German University Education. Returning to Wakefield we are told of the trials and tribulations of establishing and running the Atkinson Rhodes textile company, his help in the early development of the Paul Smith clothing empire, the founding of Cundall Manor Preparatory School and the creation of the CBI. On retiring from his business life Harry devoted his considerable energy to charity work and politics. He tells of his political service to the Conservative Party as a campaign strategist at both local and national level. Harry joined the Conservative Party at the age of 15 and is currently the longest serving member. His passion and commitment to active politics is a constant theme throughout the book.
If Burley had done a bit more research - like, say, 30 seconds on Google - she might have been able to ask Beckhough about all this, as well as his, er, interesting views on the European Union, as uncovered by the Mirror
and available to read here
It's all a German plot, apparently. Has anyone told Mr Cameron?