+So, the name Nick de Bois has entered the gentle tumble dryer of this blog. To recap, I bought three books in my local library’s book sale, one of which was called Confessions of a Recovering MP, by de Bois who was a one-term MP from 2010 to 2015. To be accurate, the book sale offer was two books for a quid, buy two and get the third one free. So this slight tome came free. In this context, its title would not have broken the Trades Descriptions Act, since there weren’t, so far as I could detect any confessions in it. Or should I say nothing which amounted to, metaphorically speaking, anything more than admitting putting three lumps of sugar in your tea rather than two (or perhaps running uninvited through a cornfield. Perhaps in that particular reference Theresa May didn’t tell us that she was naked at the time). So it was not a revealing read, unless you are interested in the quotidian existence of a backbench MP—and there was a lot of the quotidian in it. I was relieved to hear that de Bois’ second wife had a dislike for Prince Charles (over HRH’s affair with that woman Camilla) and didn’t want to meet still less curtsy to the future king at some Kensington Palace do. Thus, Confessions ends up in the book sale, unmourned and forgotten. But there is one striking thing about it. De Bois was a Tory MP throughout the austerity years and barely says a word about it—it is thus an accurate picture of life as a Tory MP, pretty much oblivious to the destruction his government wreaked. But what’s that compared to fretting over what to do with a £5,000 watch given to you on an expenses paid trip to Kuwait, and the agony on said trip of having to carry your own bags in a luxurious hotel? I think it’s time book titles more accurately described their content.
+I note that this blog has been going for five years now. I’m afraid I haven’t had time to acknowledge all the congratulatory messages flooding in for what bots describe as my ‘learning content’ but it does make me feel confident in my self-description in Who’s Who as amongst other things a ‘blogger.’ At some point I will have to seek a publisher for my book Confessions of a Blogger.
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