Its not exactly the Dick Whittington style legend he likes to project, maybe he should get a cat?
Journalists are digging into the pasts of both Dave and David – the scrutiny of Basher’s childhood is revealing interesting aspects to his back-story. The legend, oft-told by Davis in speech after speech, is that he was brought up by his single-mother on a council estate, triumphing over adversity to become a top businessman, before destiny called him to be premier.
Admirable, but is it true? Gossip suggests not exactly. Well-to-do grandparents played a significant part and looked after his early upbringing. Is he really working class? His family could afford to support him getting a university education. Not exactly three years of hardship, as a student he was a Tory activist (he came runner up when he stood for president of the Student Union, history repeating itself?) Much more middle class than working class methinks.