The Plastic Hippo

October 12, 2015

Psycho killer



Politicians and other celebrities often wish to project a simple, one-dimensional image to simultaneously mask and yet expose their persona as being in some way normal whilst at the same time demanding to be considered as being in some way extraordinary. As public figures, it is perfectly understandable that they would wish to maintain some level of privacy and offer instead a shallow image of normality. It is fascinating to discover what those that wish to govern us, and those that wish us to like them, got up to before they were famous.

Consider Tony Blair. Before becoming an MP, a Prime Minister and a Middle East peace envoy in a region that he had previously launched wars, he played guitar in a band called Ugly Rumours. Bill Clinton played sax in a band but did not inhale and did not have anything to do with “that woman”. Denis Healy was the beach commander at the Anzio landings and Geoffrey Howe once lost his trousers on the overnight sleeper to Penzance. Margaret Thatcher, as a chemistry graduate, developed emulsifiers for ice cream, Edward Heath was a world-class sailor and Harold Wilson was born in Yorkshire. Gordon Brown lost an eye playing rugby and John Major once regarded Edwina Currie as being attractive. Jim Callaghan, at the age of 17, formed a trade union for tax inspectors only to be brought down decades later by trade unions during the winter of discontent.

David Cameron worked in PR, George Osborne folded towels in a shop, Iain Duncan Smith failed at everything until he married into money and, so it is rumoured, was once a human being in a former life. Jeremy Corbyn was a public schoolboy and it is likely that Diane Abbott once uttered a sentence that did not include the words; “the people of Hackney”.

It is difficult to imagine what these people got up to before they became famous and bizarre initiation ceremonies are probably the tip of the iceberg. You may wish to suspend your disbelief and contemplate a late 70`s Indy band desperate for notoriety, fame and money. Imagine snooker legend Steve Davies in bygone days displaying dexterity with drum sticks rather than a cue or Sigourney Weaver on second guitar and backing vocals or the actor Jim Parsons notable for his portrayal of Dr Sheldon Cooper in “Big Bang Theory” on vox and lead.

Astonishingly, a young Nicola Sturgeon seems to be providing a solid if predictable bass line.


  1. Qu’est-ce que c’est?

    Comment by davidh936 — October 12, 2015 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  2. Tina Weymouth. Possibly the best bass player ever. Probably a better politician too.

    Comment by BrownhillsBob — October 12, 2015 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  3. Don’t think Corbyn was a public school boy. He went to the grammar school in Newport, Shropshire – and well after the 1944 Education Act. A few older politicians, e.g. Dennis Skninner, attended pre-44 grammar schools as “scholarship boys” when they were still technically private. Tory papers construe this as “state-educated” in the cases of Heath and Thatcher, but “privately educated” for Skinner. I wonder why.

    Comment by Alan H — October 13, 2015 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

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