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Andrew Mitchell's entertaining memoir shows the British Establishment riven by dissent

Posted On: 5 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

Beyond a Fringe: Tales from a Reformed Establishment Lackey by Andrew Mitchell
A distinguishing feature of present-day members of the Establishment is their insistence, usually quite sincere, that they do not belong to it.
Andrew Mitchell says in his Preface that he “resigned” from the Establishment in 2013. He makes it sound like the Garrick Club, from which it is indeed possible to resign.
Leaving the Establishment is more complicated. Mitchell was born into it: his father, Sir David Mitchell, was a Conservative MP for 33 years.
And Mitchell himself has passed, as he writes, “through most British Establishment institutions”, including prep and public school, the Army, Cambridge, the City of London, the House of Commons and the Cabinet.
His account of his experiences is often highly entertaining, though there are moments, oddly enough, when one could have wished for more detail, as in this scene from 2007 after David Cameron had addressed the Rwandan Parliament:
“Inevitably tempers frayed and later in the...

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