Peer Review of 2007
In the first of a four-part series, ROBERT McNEIL gives his unique perspective on the key events of the first three months of 2007.
THE year got off to a great start for curmudgeons when the Hogmanay Party in Edinburgh was cancelled due to inclement weather. In more good news, Saddam Hussein was bunged into an unmarked grave....An infinitely more tragic death was that of Lord Anthony Lambton, 84, a former Tory defence minister famously photographed in bed with two prostitutes while smoking a joint. Lambton had dedicated himself to "gardening and debauchery" after losing a legal battle about a toff title.
Asked why he used call-girls, he said: "I think that people sometimes like variety… and I think that impulse is probably understood by almost everybody. Don't you?"...
In February, the nation rejoiced when charges of causing mayhem on a small aeroplane were dropped against Lord Fraser, the much-loved roly-poly peer who had overseen the mysteriously named Fraser Inquiry into costs at Holyrood. On the plane, at a small airstrip by the Tay, all his nibs had done was speak out politely when he was seated among the proletariat after paying for a posh seat. He wasn't drunk or anything, having inhaled merely one large whisky while his plane was delayed. However, he had wobbled in an alarming manner, and that was enough to make one of these notoriously panicky stewardesses start shouting the odds. Nowadays, you daren't even glance at these power-drunk prima donnas without risking immediate arrest and your picture in the papers.