You know it’s a real shame, it really is. John Major’s recent speeches at the Law Society and the London School of Economics were witty, intellectual, informative and genuinely interesting - for anybody who only saw one or the other. Unfortunately, for my 18 Doughty Street colleague and cameraman Ben Jacques filming his speech at the Law Society for Conservative Future and his debate with Elinor Goodman at the LSE was like listening to a broken record.
Gags about how Tony Blair’s and New Labours famous slogan “Education, Education, Education” was first used by Lenin in 1917, and how he didn’t mean it either, went down like a lead balloon with Ben second time around, as did his oh so amusing anecdote about No.10 spokesmen, who were career civil servants and trustworthy under his leadership, but who would now make wise men check the calendar when No.10 says Friday follows Thursday.
Anyway, if you want to watch the great man in action at the Law Society watch 18DS at 7.30pm tonight. Here's a 15 minute extract.