Anybody know what this place is?

David Davis

Thought it was quite droll. Used-Fast-Car-dealer Bernie Ecclestone’s current troubles merit a mention, as does the Home Secretary, “Jacqui” “Smith”‘s views on how and why men will be criminalised for paying for sex with women, but no other combination of sexes is apparently to be so victimised (see Julia Roberts pic.)

A P Herbert says it’s “too much”

David Davis

Well, Mrs Henn, and have you heard the latest?

Biggest bit of foolishness to date!

Seems a millionaire, with a lot of cash to spare, has given fifty-thousand to the State!

Just fancy, giving money tot he government! Might as well have thrown it all away.

Fancy giving money to the government, when you and i have got the rent to pay…

Nobody can tell what men will do, always breaking out with something new;

Nothing can surprise me, can it you? But fancy… gving money to the government!

When you think of all the milds and bitters, fifty-thousand Bradburys would buy!

Think of all the fun….you and I could have with ONE—

Isn’t it enough to make you cry?

Well, fancy giving money to the government! Might as well have put it down the drain,

Fancy giving money to the government! Nobosy will see the stuff again.

Well, they’ve no idea what money’s for — ten-to-one they’ll start another war.

I’ve heard a lot of silly things, but lor’!! Fancy giving money to the government!

There’s more but that gives you the flavour of it.

We should all use our eyes more

David Davis

Perhaps we should all pay more attention to Private Eye. Boatang and Demetriou have just admitted to so doing.

I have to confess that, in my (relative) youth as a 20-to-30-something London businessman, and libertarian, who kind of thought he knew what the world was about, I got riled regularly by young chaps with acne, such as Harry Phibbs* and Andrew Roberts*, who would accost me at drinkspotties or in the IEA, saying things like “now     Dave, as you will have just (yeh? Me?  :-O  Yeh!!! (wha’-?) ) read in your Eye….” something-or-other……….

So I consciously did the opposite, and never even opened the flyleaf of any copy of it, from 1969 up to, well, soon now.

*Don’t get me wrong, squire! They’re perfectly normal guys and very rich too! Just that I didn’t think they were at the time, recommending  _sotto-voce_  a strange mag printed on what seemed like bog-paper, with bad typesetting and only erratically available at WH Smith/Waterloo Station in the evenings. Perhaps it was I that was at fault.