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Tonight, This Week presents political Autumnwatch. Will the
blue fox survive? The Defence Secretary, fobg Fox is under
pressure over his relation -- Liam Fox is under pressure over his
relationship with his best man. Anne McElvoy has been waiting for
him to break cover. That crafty old urban fox has been causing mayhem
in the Tory chicken coup. We're on his tail. Job spotting has become
more difficult as unemployment rises to a 17-year high. Music
superstar Wyclef Jean tells us why politics matters more in tough
economic times. Politics matters, because politics is the only way to
get things done. Keeping out of sight - the art of
the political adviser. Nigel Planer looks for comedy in
the hedgerows. One thing I have learnt by playing Peter Mandelson
is keep your friends close, keep your advisers closer. Binoculars at
the ready! Evening all. Welcome to This Week.
A week of improbable stories like the one about the car salesman from
Texas known as scar face who tried to hire a Mexican drugs cartel to
blow up a restaurant in Washington, DC where the ambassador ate his waf
fells. It almost sound believable, compared to the one about the self-
styled political adviser to the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox. Known
to his only friend as Adam Werritty, whose entire career has mirrored
Liam Fox's every professional move. He printed up his own make believe
business cards, appearing to operate on an off the books policy.
Passing himself as a go-between, gaining access to Fox's
departmental diary. Jetting around the globe to meet up with him on 18
occasions since the election. Paid for by a motly collection of
ideological fill lan introduce pists, who ever they are. And why
and this is the killer line, being not a dependant on any
transactional behaviour to maintain his income.
What does that mean in English? Clearly drafted by a very well paid
lawyer. Liam Fox now regrets he allowed the impression of wrong
doing to arise. The Secretary of State stood by and gazed into the
middle distance as the impression of wrongdoing went about its own
business. Speaking about those who use words to get themselves off the
hook I am joined by two of Westminster's least convincing
witnesses, the deaf, blind and drunk of late political chat. It is
Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson. Good evening. Very dumbed down
shirts. Do you mean toned down, rather than dumbed down?
OK then, give me a moment. The Care Quality Commission looked into the
care of the elderly in NHS hospitals. They looked at 100. 55
of them failed. One in five, the treatment of the elderly was
outside the law. It was against the law. They had neglected the
patients. It struck me this follows a recent report about the failures
of abdominal surgery in NHS hospitals. The death rate is four
times as high as in the United States. Of course we have the Mid
Staffs things where 1,000 patients died, surplus to what was the case.
Horrendous. If you look at cancer survival rates they are worse in
this country than other countries. I tell you what strikes me, the
Government, I saw it in the Prime Minister's speech. It goes on
saying more and more money nor the NHS, yet they are trying to reform
it. You wonder if it would not be better to say, look our NHS is not
doing the job. It is doing worse than other health systems in
continental countries that is why we have to reform it. Someone on
Question Time said tonight, get it real, it is not the envy of the
world. I think your catalogue of wows may be the reason why it isn't.
My moment, I think a step forward for grown-up politics. Yesterday
was opposition day, which means we laid the motion. Our motion drew
attention to the mess the Government are making of the
economy. What the Government generally does to one of these
amendments we put down they have cocked up the economy. The
Government put down an amendment which says is the most fantastic,
wise Government ever in the history of Parliament. Do you know,
yesterday the Government didn't do that? They allowed us to debate,
not end up with a North Korean amendment. I think, good for the
Government. They may not do well on the economy, but they are doing
very well on making Parliament a much more mature debating place.
Maybe they were hoping to pick up ideas. Now politicians often have a
bit of rough. Sorry, often have a bit of a rough time. And not just
from me. The Troubles of the world are laid at their feet. When there
is no-one else to blame we pile it at their door. I know, your heart
is bleeding now into your little glass of Blue Nun. Politics is a
mug's game. Why, you might ask, did Wyclef Jean decide last year, when
his native Haiti was in trouble, to run for President? Surely he had
better things to do than get embroiled in politics? No, here is
# Election time's coming # Politics matter. If you want to change
something around the world, no matter how much you want to sing
and talk about it has to go through a Parliament, a Congress.
# They go back to work on Monday # I ran for President because over
51% of the population is a youth population. So, if we're talking
about a reconstruction of a country. The youth population should be
included in that. When I myself decided I was running for President,
I was like, Wyclef don't do it, you can do much more than not being
President. We cannot sit around and sing songs. If we keep doing that
the Parliaments, the Congress, they're going to do exactly what
they want to do. And not listen to the voice of the vit Seines.
-- citizens. What I learnt when I ran for the
presidency of Haiti is it's more popular to be a rock star than to
be, than to run for President. The kind of people that we need as
politicians are thinkers that are thinking for the future when it
comes to energy, when it comes to job creation, technology, but how
can we do it differently? I think we need new thinkers for a new way
of politics. The first things the politicians
must learn is how to get their swagger up. You know, and swagger
means you have to have that certain charm about you, that certain
charisma about you. Do you know what I mean? For example, President
Barack Obama, at times when he was running for the first term, I am
sure you saw him do this. Now this is swag. He got it from Jay Z.
What turns people off politics is basically the citizen feels that
every politicians do exactly what they need to do to get elected.
They say exactly what you said and once they get elected the
population feels there's no change. If you want to get things done in
the sense of stamping it, you want to get legislation. You want to
change policy. You have to be part of a political structure to make
that happen. Wyclef Jean joins us here in our
studio. Welcome to the programme. Thank you. It is refreshing to hear,
I mean musicians have got involved in politics, it has either been
single issue or eeg go led. It is interesting to hear that you say it
is political process. I still have my musician eye. Looking at you
three I think I could recreate the Fujis.
He doesn't know who they are! You think it's important to get
involved in the process. I think we, as musicians, what we do is we sing
policy all the time. Artists like John Lennon and different artys and
Bob Mali. -- Marley. You have to engage in the politics.
Why at the time you choose, why did you get in, particularly Haiti
politics, it is a murky world. is a murky world, but looking at
Nelson man del da and Martin Luther King, at the time when an
earthquake are buried under rubble and we are talking about
reconstruction of a country. I say 52% of the population is a youth
population, I felt they had to be included in the reconstruction.
This was an opportunity for job creation. Some musicians get
involved in raising money for charities, Band-Aid being famous.
Others have their own axe to griepbld. This was different for
you though -- grind. This was different for you. You running for
office, I assume would have to have a set of policies a platform to run
on? Definitely. A lot underestimated me, just to be frank
with you. I didn't get a chance to make it. I got taken out of the
residency, the fact they said you need five years residency. I did
have a policy plan. I didn't get to that point where I could share the
future of the country. They were scared of you? I think what happens
is when it comes to real change and real things to happen, I thought
that the fear came from the fact that I have enough allys in the
world that actually I could have rallied up to actually make a
change. I can see that. Surprising for a musician to get
involved in the process rather than the Grandstanding? Yes, I entirely
agree with you Andrew that it is really refreshing. A lot of people
are pretty intellectually lazy about this and say, all politics is
correct. Actually, you know there have been many attempts in the
world to change things, avoiding political processes and avoiding
political parties. For example, when the United States was first
established they did not have political parties. No, they thought
they were a bad thing. They thought they were terrible things. Within
20 years they had to have political parties. There is no other way to
get groups of people around a programme which will be effective.
I was reading today the last royal governor of said the easiest thing
in the world is to convince people that their Government is bad. It is
very, very toz make people despondent and cynical about
politics. If you are going to have change and believe in democracy,
then the only thing to do is get involved. If you think that the
politicians you have today are a group of people, then by all means
You mentioned John Lennon - this naivety was frustrating for me as a
postman on a council estate. You could see you had to join the
political system - it demanded that you had to get power. You had to be
in Parliament. You had to have a programme. It seemed as if it was
too much trouble to do that. It is amazingly encouraging. I wonder
about this point that you have to have swagger. That is the view of
Obama, Tony Blair. You can't get elected unless you have got this
charisma. I wonder, there's lots of very good people who could do very
good things but won't past that -- won't pass that swagger test.
Einstein had real cool swagger. We rate Einstein. When I say "swagger"
- swagger is not necessarily within just the charisma. Swagger is if
you are a politician, you have to be able to communicate with the
citizen. The citizen has to just feel that what you are giving out
is not bogus. Yeah. In that term, that is where the politicians lack.
They are not connecting with the public. This is where the trouble
starts. Isn't it true that in general, on both sides of the
Atlantic, there is a general increased cynicism about politics
and politicians and real belief that not - it doesn't matter who
you thought for that not much will change? Yes. That comes from a view
that politics is about politicians. Politics is about the people. If
you think it is simply - there is a group of people who do politics and
you have no way of influencing them, then the game is over. In a
democracy, anybody can be a politician. I mean, he began as a
postman and I began - I don't know what I began as. A politician!
didn't come from a political dynasty. My father was a Spanish
immigrant. We are both people who came into it. Anybody else, you
know, potentially can come into it. Politics has to be about the people.
I would suggest the lesson from your experience - you decided to
get involved in your country's politics as a time of great crisis
in the country. You could argue that although it is very different
that on both sides of the Atlantic this is a time of economic crisis.
Rather than people being switched off, they ought to get more
involved? Definite I will have to get more involved. We need to stop
fighting. We need a bi-partisan front. We have financial crises
through the entire world. Starvation rate, you see what is
going on. Once again, if you are getting into politics, you want
things to change. Remember, there is a group of people that elect you
to do a job and that is why you get into politics. You can never think
that you are bigger than these people. Now, if you two had your
chance to do it again, would you go into politics again? I would, yeah.
I was reflecting there about the world trade, the way that people
are kept starving in poorer countries because Japan has a huge
tariff on rice imports. We tried to change that. So many young people
got involved with Make Poverty History. And the fact it dragged on
probably meant that many of those turned away from politics. If we
could only instead of it being a single issue, get people engage and
see the process through. Would you, Michael? I certainly would. There
is a lot of stress in politics. The press gives you a very hard time.
Your political career will end in tears. It is such a privilege to be
involved. The canvas is so broad. You are dealing with such big
issues. It is a great honour to do it. Why are you in Britain?
here for Party in the Pink and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Zumba
is very important. I suggest you all get into it. It is dancing
fitness, it keeps you in top shape and on Sundayly be performing. The
cool thing about fitness is there are -- on Sunday I will be
performing. The cool thing about fitness is there are fun ways to do
it. If you need help forming a group, we are available.
# One time # Two time... #
We could do that! Speak to my agent! Now, it may be later than a
knighthood for Bruce Forsyth, because coming up actor, novelist,
playwright, all round showbiz polymath Nigel Planer telling us
why Peter Mandelson deserves some overdue affection. For those who
like to spread the love wider, there is our interweb site. We have
now signed up to some new-fangled thing called the Facebook! Now, we
are a caring bunch, after all who else would give so many former MPs
a break? Yeah, exactly. So we are troubled here that our current
bunch are dealing with severe psychological stress. The cause?
Having to answer constituents' e- mails, coping with the new expenses
system and listening to jokes about themselves. Bet you Dr Fox thinks
he's got an easy week this week. We sent Anne McElvoy to the This Week
garden. It is time for Westminster Autumn is nearly here. There have
been some wild goings on in the Westminster garden. Fortunately,
there's always a record of who's been about and what's been going on.
Look at that. It is that crafty urban fox. Must be about the 40th
time he has been creeping around here. I accept it was a mistake to
allow distinctions to be blurred between my professional
responsibilities and my personal loyalties to a friend. Friends are
a wonderful thing, but Dr Fox does seem to have taken it a bit far
with Mr Werritty. He ended up talking his language somewhere
between a lawyer and a thesaurus to get him off the hook. One rarely
spotted Scottish woodland creature had him in his sights. It is not
part of the rules you can ask your friends to fund your advisers and
then your advisers can travel the world claiming to represent you.
Liam Fox is thought of as a lone wolf in the Tory tribe. There is at
least one good reason why they rallied around. Dr Fox has another
close friend. She's the former matriarch of the Den, Lady Thatcher.
Dr Fox accompanied her in public. He's a Standard Bearer of the right
and that's a good reason why David Cameron doesn't want to pull the
trigger at the moment. I think the Defence Secretary has done an
excellent job clearing up the mess that he was left by Labour. Fox-
hunting has overshadowed some of the quieter rural pursuits this
week. Everyone forgot about the Labour reshuffle. Now he's got
quite a young brood and the female of the species is well represented
in the pecking order. With the exception of the greater crested
Harriet Harman, there are a lot of fledglings here. Ed must be a bit
nervous about well they will do in the Darwinian struggle at
Westminster. Are they ready to fly the nest? These are young people,
people who have not been in Parliament long. I hold to the view
that if you are good enough, you are old enough. Deep in the
undergrowth these days are the lesser spotted Lib Dems. Oh look.
Even these peaceful places are full of fights and flurries in the
hedgerows. Chris Huhne admitted to briefing against the Home Secretary
Theresa May. What was her reaction? Well, I haven't - I have left a
message for her. I haven't managed to speak to her. I left a message.
We've had mild weather, most of the leaves are still on the trees. But
maybe the animals should be getting ready for a long hard winter.
the day of the worst unemployment figures in 17 years, the Prime
Minister is fiegtding to save the job of the Defence Secretary --
fighting to save the job of the Defence Secretary. He is doing
nothing to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people up-
and-down this country. Ed Miliband is predicting a bleak midwinter. He
is looking more confident as his emphasis on the woes of the economy
is going to pay off. Still, David Cameron's got some tiger in his
tank, too. You are the party that borrowed too much, that spent too
much, that left us with the unregulated banks that has left us
with the mess that we have to clear up. When you see those two sitting
on the frontbench who worked for so long in the Treasury, you have to
ask - you wouldn't bring back Fred Goodwin to sort out the banks, why
would you bring them back to sort It's time for a bit of hibernation
around here. It's good to know the wild creatures are still up for a
fight. Who let him in?! We will see her again in the spring! We are
joined by journalist, former Lib Dem adviser, Miranda Green. Let me
ask you in the words of a famous song, Dr Fox, should he stay or
should he go? Should go. Because? He should go. He said I know it
looks bad. If it looks bad, it is bad. If half the things that he's
accused of have any substance to them, he's a goner. He met Harvey
Bolton, a businessman looking for MoD contracts, just him and this
guy. Werritty he met. General John Allen, he met him alone with Adam
Werritty. Leaving aside the fact Werritty had an office in the MoD,
this is extraordinary. He had an office? I missed that bit. OK.
Should he stay or should he go? think it is very bad. He is
determined to fight to stay. It seems the massed ranks of the Tory
benches are determined to fight to keep him. They are waiting on the
Cabinet secretary's report? They are fighting hard. You think he
should go? I think he is doomed, yes. Doomed. We are all doomed.
are all doomed in the long run. Former Defence Secretary, Michael
Portillo, should he stay or should he go? I think it is all about the
money. Where has the money come from for Mr Werritty and has he
made any money out of his position? The story in the Times this
morning... The Friday Times? Does not look good. It appears that his,
that Werritty's air fares and hotel bills have been funded by a group,
what did you describe them as? are basically people, there's some
hedge fund people, lobbyists, property developer, they are people
who are very transatlantic, pro- Israel, Thatcherite? I take it this
has not been registered anywhere? No. Here is a man travelling
alongside the Secretary of State, a lot of money involved, has not been
registered anywhere. I would have thought that would prove fatal.
Could you imagine as Defence Secretary having someone who would
meet you abroad regularly, went to meetings, fixed meetings for you?
Is that conceivable as a Minister of the Crown? I think it is
inconceivable. More particularly... Unless it was your official
adviser? Of course, that is completely different. I always
think it inconceivable that you set up this arrangement and not imagine
one day it would come out. Do you think - isn't it possible that at
some of these meetings, which involved generals and other
important people in the British governance, that they thought that
this chap, Mr Werritty was more than just a friend, they probably
assumed he was some kind of official? Or Special Adviser?
you are talking about British generals, that would be
inconceivable. Surely anybody in the Ministry of Defence would be
very clear about the person's status. I think that is hard to
argue. Pretty damaging that he had business cards, saying that he - he
didn't say he was adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence, but
it said he was adviser to the Also he changed his area of
expertise as his chum moved. That is not unusual.
He's not a special adviser. didn't he make him a special
adviser. For Cameron Her Majesty's Government has a foreign policy
articulated by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and they
have Liam Fox, foreign policy. Parallel operation. Because he
thought that Cameron and the Civil Service were too soft. It's quite -
these are people, as I understand it, who helped to bank-roll Liam
Fox's campaign to be leader of the Conservative Party. He didn't
succeed but he didn't have a bad campaign. They like what Dr Fox
stands for, as compared to what David Cameron stands for. Dr Fox
doesn't trust the Tory establishment or the Ministry of
Defence. He has tried to build a small parallel, think-tank adviser
operation. Isn't that enough? not transparent at all.
To build a think-tank is perfectly all right in ministerial terms. The
Prime Minister might not think it an adviser who is funded by that
and for it not to be declared, that is very difficult. So you form,
there's union nimty here, you don't think he will survive and shouldn't
survive? This is the first time I have said this. I have tried to
keep off the subject. If it is true he has flown around the world and
it has not been declared anywhere that seems unsis tainable. Do you
think David Cameron -- unsustainable. Do you think David
Cameron has made a mistake by letting it go on for so long.
doesn't want to lose his Defence Secretary and in a coalition,
reshuffles are difficult. There's no love lost between the two of
them. I don't think he wants a reshuffle at the moment. He doesn't
want a reshuffle in a coalition. They are more complicated. He
doesn't want Liam Fox, with these supporters around him, particularly
on the backbenchers doing unimaginable things into the tent.
Very diplomatic of you. Just stopped myself in time. We are
grateful you did. Ironically I think Liam Fox has
cemented his position this week by a lot of tittle-tattle about him.
Real gossip which has nothing to do with the case at all. And you have
noticed we have not mentioned a word of that. You have now.
It has put the Prime Minister into an impossible position because to
get rid of Fox, you know, on the back of that gossip, would risk the
appearance that he was kind of allowing gossip to ride the man out.
What he's got to wait for, apparently is for the facts to come
out. What I think is embarrassing now is the Times seems to be going
for the facts quicker than civil servants. The unemployment figures
out, dreadful. So far the coalition has not been blamed. Are we close
to turning upon it. How long that - - can that worse? I think we are in
for a bleak winter. I think we're in for several bleak winters. I
don't think the coalition has the opportunity of changing its policy
because its commitment to reduce the deficit at the rate at which it
said it will is to secure the markets F it altered that we'll
have all the problems, plus it will cost us much more to borrow. We may
not be able to fund that. We will lose our triple-A credit rating and
the pound will sink. The worse it gets for the country the better it
is for Labour. Politicians are often in this position? Ed Miliband
was making the right points. If it had not been the hum bris we have
seen last year, unemployment will fall in each of the next three
years. The absence of any acceptance there was a global
economic problem that started in 208 and now everything is the
result of the global problem. They have left themselves pretty
vulnerable by the kind of statements "We are out of the
danger zone." Actually they didn't have to dig that hole for
themselves Maybe put a floor under this. And given a much morale lis
tick view to the British -- more realistic view to the British
public of how things were. You weren't tempted? No. They
didn't approach you because they knew the answer would be, "No?"
Absolutely. We are grateful for this. Otherwise we could not have
had you. I hope Miss Abbott is watching. Who to you rate? I think
Rachel Reeves is an important appointment. I once tried to get
her as my paid special adviser. is the one everyone is tipping.
Briefly, for you, these atrocious stories about the care of the
elderly, these big NHS reforms which have caused the coalition
problems, just a yes or no, is there anything in these reforms
which will stop these atrocious things from happening? The quality
of care is not the same as the structure of this organisation.
Andrew Lansley did look to be cheered up to be given bad news
about the state of the NHS. Does anybody like Chris Huhne? Well,
he's a carnivore in the Lib Dem party which is seen as herb vor. He
is an unusual man. That was not a yes or a no? It wasn't, was it?
Thank you very much. Beautifully done. There's an old sailing in
Westminster, never work with children or animals or Diane Abbott.
A lesson we learnt the hard way. One Labour's crack shadow health
team, I am sure you can name them all, are now learning to their
political cost. But alongside children and animals and Labour's
own Florence Nightingale you can add a certain Adam Werritty to the
list of emphatic no nos, if only Liam Fox had a trusted confident, a
person he could turn to, a best man, say, who could warn him. If only!
That is why we decided to put Peter, Peter, are you there? It's
Tony. You've got to let me in. Look, please, Peter. It's urgent. Help me.
The comic strip team are back, with a film sat tier of new Labour and a
scene- stealing performance by plane plane plane as Peter
Mandelson. -- Nigel Planer as Peter Mandelson.
What makes a political adviser so special? What are the dangers of
getting too close? Liam Fox is finding out to his cost. I accept
that mistakes were made and I should not have allowed the
impression of wrongdoing to arise. And I'm very sorry for that.
Meanwhile, the top civil servant, chief councillor to the Prime
Minister, Gus O'Donnell announced his retirement this week. He was
not nicknamed God just because of his initials. As Margaret Thatcher
once said, advisers advise, ministers decide. So, maybe we
shouldn't feed our fear of the power behind the throrn. Right you,
get your hands up. Who are you? Peter Mandelson.
After he was released on jail he joins us now. You had to do a lot
of research I assume to get to play this part. In the cause of that did
you have views on -- did your views on Mr Mandelson change? They did.
My main source of research was the wraths child film, which I watched
again and again. She took a camera. Half the time he was not away she
was filming. The camera angle is low quite a lot of the time. She
took the camera right through the campaign when he was Gordon Brown's
campaign manager. It's quite, it's quite revealingment and I did end
up rather liking him. I think he came out of it rather well. Do you
think, do the media play up this power behind the thrown business?
Or was he the power -- throene. was more -- throne. He was more
preoccupied with whether the tie was straight. However many times I
straighten it, once he gets in front of the camera his tie is
crooked. I listened to his memoirs every day as well. He read them on
an audio book. His voice picked up that. Special advisers, which
didn't really exist in the '50s, until the mid-60s, now more
important than ever, aren't they? Yeah, I mean, when I became a
special adviser in 1979 we were five in the entire fofplt. I think
when I -- in the entire Government. I then when I was Secretary of
State, there were 20 in the Government. It has grown vastly
since then. When I was a special adviser I was in touch with the
adviser to the Prime Minister, who later was the Chief Whip, many
years later. I called up to say if he could fix something. He said it
is not appropriate for us to have this conversation. Special advisers
never spoke to the press. Whereas now that is one of their biggest
jobs, dealing the press. Did you feel in Government there was a time
when Alistair Campbell and Peter Mandelson were more important than
the Cabinet? I would not describe him as a special adviser. Before
that. He was head of communications for the Labour Party. No, I think
what we did, my experience of them, I took mine to five different
Cabinet departments. It was the same and I saw how skillfully they
intertwined themselvess with the private office of the Civil Service.
A skill to doing that. I saw where others were not as good as doing
and therefore created the resentment. They liked good,
special advisers who knows the ministers mind and who can ensure
in a sensitive way that they do the job they are supposed to do.
There is a cross over there between them and the press officer. You
were saying, the press officer, I think there's a muddle in the
public's mind. Alistair Campbell, he was a press
officer wasn't he? A press office. He was more than that too.
Exactly. Where to you draw the line between the two? We speak to
special advisers all the time to get information about ministers.
That used to be not the case. there is a special adviser. I had
one who dealt with me and I had one who didn't go anywhere near the
media. Are you portraying them as shade you characters in this
programme? Everybody in the... It aets definitely more fun having --
it's definitely more fun having to play shady characters. What struck
me about the Mandelson-Brown relationship, is the concealed
hysteria. Peter loves all that. tears and screaming fits.
target of the sat tier is all the plethora of memoirs which came out.
We quote the page numbers of some of the quotes because they are
funny. And, as you saw, it's set in a black and film, 1950s setting.
thought it was our colour had gone off. It is black and white, like
the 39 Steps, which somehow suits the mellow drama. All the emotions,
yes, they are very raised in it. Nigel, here's a suggestion. I
suggest you ought to mug up on Andy Coulson now, or Adam Werritty?
Prince of Darkness I fancied. It's in the past. Michael Howard. He had
something of the night. I think I could do a good Michael Howard. I'm
not sure about Werritty. It is early days. There'll be programmes
about them one day. You are looking for your Ann Widdecombe, aren't
you? It is on tomorrow night. The show is tomorrow night. 9pm on
Channel 4. Great. I've set my sky plus for it. That's your lot
tonight. We are off on the Holloway Road for one of their puppy donor
specials, with Hugh fernly. He said it is OK to eat them, so long as it
is after midnight. And they are washed down by Blue Nun special
vintage. Known as vina collapso. Michael Portillo, soon to be Lord
Portillo, I think, revealed to those that his famous quiff is kept