Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ramsgit

What a fascinating read Jonathan Aitken's newly published diaries make. I just can't seem to put the book down!

The erstwhile perjurer, perverter of the course of justice, (almost) son-in-law of Her Maggieship, biographer of my alter ego (Nixon - A Life), and receiver-in-the-gob of half a glass of decent claret from my old chum Anna Ford, tells a typically hilarious anecdote about his time as one of our local MPs, in his book 'Heroes And Contemporaries'. Out on the stump with his zoo-keeper mate John Aspinall, Aspinall apparently addressed the assembled Ramsgate masses thus:

"Napoleon once said that England is a nation of shop-keepers. As I look around Ramsgate High Street this morning I see that Ramsgate has become a nation of shop lifters."

Now it strikes me that some of my older readers may have been in attendance at this rally, and what I'd like to know is what happened next? Was Aitken:

1. Run out of town by a marauding pack of pit bulls?
2. Told by some wag at the back there were no more shops left to lift?
3. Re-elected on the basis of his charming chutzpah?

Answers on the usual post card, please.

11 comments:

Dane Valley Ted said...

I enjoy a good work of fiction,is aitkins book out here in Arson World.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Hardback, £20, Continuum Publishing (sick bag included).

duck baker said...

Well, he went to prison, didn't he?

Anonymous said...

eventually but he was mp for sarf fannit from 1983 - 1997

Maverick said...

Eastcliff. How far have you got? Is there any mention of his poor old mate JT. You probably wont have heard of him, but he was the chap who had to scrape by with improvement grants from TDC, and the occasional bout of Greek lightning. I'd buy the book myself, but coming from arsonworld I can't afford it. My house insurance is too expensive.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Not sure about that but there's loads about his pal R M Nixon, and, as you know, he's now all repentant and happy-clappy, saying his previous mistakes were due to him being 'puffed up with pride'. Oh, and Thatch once had the timing of a HOC debate changed so he could go for a dirty weekend with Carol in Greece.

I have to say it's not exactly Alan Clark standard.

Artyblartfast said...

Unfashionable to say so I know but I always found Aitken quite agreeable. The only trait I didn't like was his wardrobe, I never could figure out why someone with his money might wear jumbo cords in bottle green or royal purple.
Then again I've never met a local MP who I didn't like. Gale's charming too and has a great collection of cricket prints, and Ladyman is similarily charming but also very high tech and gadgety.
Having probably reduced my blog cred to minus figures I'll stop there...

The Angina Monologues said...

Well these politicians are all usually quite nice on an individual basis. It's when they're in a pack that things turn nasty!

Artyblartfast said...

Perhaps. There's only one local politician I've no time for, it's the psychotic one whose son issued death threats towards my entire family.
Something none of our MPs would even consider.

Eastcliff Richard said...

That's not on, Arty. Would you like to elaborate? Or if you email me the details, I'll send the boys round.

Artyblartfast said...

Already mentioned this, but that was the day you went to the Mercedes dealership.

http://artsandelbows.blogspot.com/
2006/04/deaths-threats-go-go.html