The Tory party seems to be run now by Old Etonians and they don't seem to understand how other people live. They seem to be very arrogant like I suppose Old Etonians can be. They certainly don't understand about grammar schools. I will not mince my words: I shan't send them any more money.Sir Tom Cowie in 2008
I have spoken to David Cameron and he is a hell of a nice guy. I have just sent him a pretty massive donation. The 'Etonian' quote was taken out of context – I did criticise one or two of his points ... He has got a wonderful personality and I think if he gets the chance, which hopefully he does, he will do a great job with the country. I have made a very substantial donation – you have got to put your money where your mouth is.What a difference a year makes in the world of political donations. Tony Benn likes to put people into two categories - signposts and weathercocks. It's quite clear in which category Sir Tom belongs. I wonder if David Cameron was tempted to tell him where to shove his donation.