An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder

Thursday, September 08, 2005  

The birth of a Tory dynasty
Macmillan remembered calling on the duke during the course of the formation of Bonar Law's government.

"I found Lord Derby in conference with him. The Duke ... pointed out the extreme weakness of the front bench in the House of Commons ...

'Ah,' said Lord Derby, 'you are too pessimistic. They have found a wonderful little man. One of those attorney fellows, you know. He will do all the work.'

'What's his name?'" said the Duke.

'Pig,' said Lord Derby. Turning to me, the Duke replied, 'Do you know Pig?' ...

It turned out to be Sir Douglas Hogg!"

Simon Ball The Guardsmen: Harold Macmillan, Three Friends and the World They Made (2004)

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005  

Michael Caine on Woody Allen - and the nature of comic writing
"I'm inviting Woody, but don't expect him to be a barrel-load of laughs. He's like all funny men. He doesn't talk he listens. He's waiting for you to say something funny, then he'll run out to the toilet and write it down."

Gyles Brandreth Brief Encounters: Meetings with Remarkable People (2003)

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