There was lots of sanctimonious guff on Twitter from assorted lefties last night about the Sunday Times story that Zac Goldsmith is a 'non dom'. They even tried to suggest that he should resign as a candidate or David Cameron should sack him. Er, on what grounds exactly? What law has he broken? Yup, that's right, none. His tax status is a matter between him and the tax authorities. If they are satisfied with it, it's rather difficult to see why Kerry McCarthy (for it is she) shouldn't be. In any case, Goldsmith has decided to withdraw from 'non dom' status before the election so that's rather spiked the guns of those who seek to do him down.
There's another Tory Toff story in the Mail on Sunday. Apparently David Cameron is trying to persuade Tory candidates with double barrelled names to change them to single surnames. Or not. He made a jokey remark to Annunziata Rees-Mogg about the benefits of changing her name to Nancy Mogg. She didn't, it appears see the funny side of it. I think Jake Mogg has a certain ring to it too. If I had followed my mother's advice when I was 17 I would now be called Iain Campbell-Dale. She advised me to make my middle and surnames into a double barrelled name as it "would help me get on in life". And who can say she wasn't right? The trouble is, I have always hated by middle name so there wasn't a cat in hell's chance of that happening.
So here's a challenge. Make up some double barrelled names for some of our politicians and leave them in the comments.