Wednesday, November 24, 2004
posted by Jonathan Calder |
Born in Peckham in 1955, Whelan would above all be obedient and loyal to Brown's cause. "Able but very lazy," was his headmaster's conclusion after the young Whelan failed one examination. In the hope of solving the problem, his parents sent him to a fee-paying boarding school in Surrey. He secured an unimpressive degree in politics at the City of London Polytechnic.
When he started his first job as a foreign exchange dealer in the City, he spoke in a home counties accent. One year later, employed as a researcher by the AEUW, he spoke like a Cockney.
Tom Bower Gordon Brown (2004)
I found myself spending more and more time in London. Living like the young country squire was all very well, I told Genny, but realistically I had to keep in touch with everyone in the business to get the jobs that were going. And I had to do what I could to supplement my income.
I even did a stint as a DJ in those days - not a good one - and, worse, I adopted the mid-Atlantic accent that appeared to be a given at the time. It seems incredible to credit John Peel with once sounding close to Jerry Springer, but this is fact.
David Hemmings Blow-Up and Other Exaggerations (2004)