The 'Donkey Jacket' Remembered

For many younger people Michael Foot is most famously remembered only for turning up to a remembrance service at the Cenotaph wearing a ‘donkey jacket’.

It was the Press Association’s legendary Chris Moncrieff who broke the story after receiving a phone call that day after the pubs had closed.  Walter Johnson, a Labour MP with little love for Foot, had called Moncrieff to complain “I was watching this morning and was disgusted to see that the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition looked more like an Irish navvy than a party leader.”

Moncrieff put the story with quotes out on the PA wire.  A couple of hours later, perhaps after having had a nap, Walter Johnson called again asking “Have I said anything today?”

Moncrieff had to explain to him that it was too late to do anything about it as the story had gone around the world…

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.