In his latest Daily Telegraph article, Boris has an explosive revelation to make. He went to the same primary school as the Miliband brothers, Primrose Hill School, in Camden. This school was apparently rejected by David Miliband when he was picking a primary for his kids, but it was certainly good enough for Boris and the Milis in the ’70’s.
Boris says: “It is an unsettling fact that I went to the same school as the party leader. Indeed, there are some people who have taken to complaining about this coincidence. They say it is unacceptable in the 21st century that so much political power should be concentrated in the old boys of one educational establishment. It is a sign, they say, that the country has failed to move on.”
Boris then delights us with some hilarious reminiscences, the funniest being the day when with the same panache that he displays today, he was standing in the playground, he says, “challenging all-comers to a fight and then watching in horror as an enormously tall girl – she must have been at least two years older than me, I swear – detached herself from her friends and strolled in my direction. After that things are a bit of a blur, except for a dim impression of the speed and solidity of her knuckles and a ring of laughing faces against the sky. Made me what I am, I expect.” Our Mayor was clobbered by a girl. This is as funny as the anecdote Boris tells of how, when he was introduced to George W. Bush, he was wearing his sister’s Mickey Mouse watch – and Bush noticed and commented on it with horror. I wonder if this was the time when Boris quipped wittily: “One man’s Mickey Mouse course is another man’s literae humaniores.” Actually, nothing to do with a watch, but it is still a funny quote.
It is fascinating to read Boris’s comments on how life has changed since the ’70’s. He then goes on to comment sadly: “I note that Ed Miliband has emerged blatantly from the bowels of the trade unions, and that it was thanks to union chiefs that he edged a millimetre ahead of the elder Miliband. I note that he and other senior Labour figures are now pledging to support strike action – no matter how unreasonable, no matter how much damage it may do to the interests of the general public or the British economy – in the hope of scoring political points against the Coalition Government. I note, in other words, that under Ed Miliband the trade unions seem set to dominate the Labour Party in exactly the way that Blair and Brown managed successfully to avoid. There are many lessons from an inner London primary school in the 1970s – and it would be tragic if Ed were to take the wrong one.”