Lord Strathclyde is on manoeuvres: a strange telephone call

Telephone message received: “Please call Geoff in Lord Strathclyde’s office as soon as possible. He would like to have a meeting with you before the Christmas break if at all possible.”

I have to admit to being intrigued.  This would be the first time that Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde, Leader of the House of Lords, has ever asked to see me. And before Christmas …..??!!

I dial and speak to Geoff:

“Hello, this is Lord Toby Harris.  I had a message to ring.”

“Oh yes. Thank you Lord Harris.  Tom Strathclyde was keen to have a meeting with you and Lord Kirkham  in the next week or two before the Recess.”

This was even more intriguing: I have never even spoken to Lord Kirkham, the South Yorkshire billionaire, founder of the DFS Furniture Company and Chairman of the Conservative Party Treasurers.

“Are you sure you’ve got the right Lord Harris?  What’s the meeting about?”

“Oh, fundraising, I think.”

“What sort of fund-raising?”

“I guess, it is for the elections next May.”

“I think you have got the wrong Lord Harris.”

“Oh, err, are you sure?”

“Yes, I think you want Lord Harris of Peckham.”

Of course, Lord Harris of Peckham is not quite in the same league as Lord Kirkham: he is only worth £285 million and he only does carpets.

Still, it is good to hear that the Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is doing his bit for the Conservative Party coffers from his Parliamentary office with the support of his civil servants ….

6 thoughts on “Lord Strathclyde is on manoeuvres: a strange telephone call”

  1. When Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax asks you to his shoot you’ll know you were a figment of Kafka’s imagination.(born 29 January 1958),

    Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, who likes to restrict usage of his Christian names, is a former Army officer and journalist, now Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dorset.

    He is believed to sit on the Commons’ Huntin’ and Shootin’ Committee.

  2. You really ought to hyphenate Lord Toby. I am annoyed at Baron de Quietzapple taking the name of my (very) distant cousin in vain. I remain, C Rehill-Broxted-Urquhart-Plunket (one t not two we are posher, old Irish aristos. See the Schleswig-Holstein-von Glucksburgs? New money).

  3. The spirit of Baron Laurence de Quietzapple is away.

    Hyphens are for the undecided, Ciaran. Tobes might better go pleb and bang on about wifebeater like Cameron. Ed Mili needs peeps with some street cred.

  4. Miliband, like Clegg is unelectable, a stop gap Blairite version of John Major. Bath? Near my old pal Jacob Rees hypenated Mogg? Actually a lot of ve’y ve’y posh are going for the Without hypen. I remain, C. Rehill de Broxted.

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