Thursday, March 05, 2009

Who Do You Think...

In a future issue of Total Politics, we want to do a written version of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE on a current British politician. If you are a politician and you think you may have a interesting (and hopefully scandalous!) genealogical background and would like to volunteer to take part, and have J B Seatrobe uncover your family skeletons, do get in touch.

Or if you are a reader and would like to suggest a politician we should approach, feel free to suggest a victim in the comments!

22 comments:

Jonathan Cook said...

I know this isn't exactly what you are looking for, but I'd be interested in a retrospective of Alan Clark and ancestors.........

David Boothroyd said...

Obvious choice is Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk), said to be a descendant of John Bellingham who assassinated Spencer Perceval in 1812.

I think I remember a story from the late 1980s where one of Margaret Thatcher's ancestors was discovered to have been hanged for murder.

Nicholas J. Rogers said...

Alan Duncan could be interesting, I suspect.

David Boothroyd said...

Oh yes, and Cherie Booth is related to John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Lincoln.

Rog T said...

Maybe you could ask John Major to help. he had some interesting views on his front bench team's parentage.

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strapworld said...

Obviously, Gordon Brown. Let us see where he truly came from!
We may find, like the blessed Margaret, some blacksheep in his family!

Then, of course, another one of interest is David Boothroyd. I think he is related to Erskine and May?

subrosa said...

Alistair Darling may be quite good. It would halt the rumour that he's a Scot for one thing because it would be discovered he was born and lived in London for some years.

Dave H said...

This completely ruined Who Do You Think You Are? for me.

I hope whichever politician you choose has the same experience.

Demetrius said...

Just go to the web site listings for Newgate Gaol and tap in a few names and away you go, over the hills and far away.

Dick the Prick said...

Dougie Hurd comes from stock but what of the other half????

Stepney said...

Harriet Harman - it's the only choice.

Opening scene of modern selective school cut to black and white still of St Paul's School circa 1976,
and thence to framed portrait of Uncle in some grand hall - below which, on a display cabinet, is a set of silver spoons engraved with the names of those Harman babies from whose mouths they were retrieved...

Cut to:

Toynbee.P: I first met Harriet down the Maltby Number 3 main seam. She was a face-worker and I was an apprentice shot firer...hard days they were, with nowt but a sun-dried tomato foccaccia and a glass of chilled Sancerre to see yer through 'til teatime...

Benny said...

Ken Livingstone!

Prove he isn't a descendant of a commie.

martin day said...

Obvious choice is Nick Palmer MP!

Maybe not well known but his family background crosses to Tories, the Peerage and even Russians plus an interesting Royal close incounter! Their is even communism in there! Plus the perchant for hairy furballs of the meowing variety!

Simon Gardner said...
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Simon Gardner said...

Oh goodie.

How far back do the David Cameron toffs run? Is he a thoroughbred toff or just a nouveau toff?

And how much of an oik is George Osborne? Is he really the oik that his contemporaries clearly believed him to be? How far back is his oik-ness?

Sixxstring90 said...

I'd like to know which demonic, despotic family produced the bloodline that led to Gordon Brown

Fidothedog said...

Mad Paul "windbag" Flynn, I bet there is a Tory toff in his history....

Chris Paul said...

Still permitting Jonathan Cook to use that disgraceful profile picture Iain. Shame on you. How about John Leech MP - an appalling man willing to stop at nothing to get elected, including giving hoax leaflets to cancer patients? His dad's a Minister of the Church. How can this be?

Irfan Ahmed said...

Jack Straw his brother is an interesting character to investigate!

The Grim Reaper said...

Chris Paul said "Still permitting Jonathan Cook to use that disgraceful profile picture Iain? Shame on you."

Taking offence on Dolly's behalf, are you? Surprised he hasn't written a massive article on LabourList calling him as a racist yet.

Andrew Allison said...

Boris Johnson has an interesting ancestry.

Peter said...

How about looking into Gorbals Mick's illustrious roots.

Glasgow is always going to interesting.