What The Dickens Is He On About?

The Honourable Tristram Julian William Hunt, son of Lord Hunt of Chesterton, was educated at Hampstead’s finest public school*, followed by Trinity College Cambridge and the University of Chicago and King’s College Cambridge. In today’s Mirror he has taken up his quill to slam his fellow toff Dave for going to Eton and employed some spectacular hyperbole, suggesting that “Tory spending cuts send us back to the misery of the Victorian workhouse”:

“Not far from where young David Cameron went to school at Eton, there used to stand a workhouse for the poor of Victorian England. Husbands were separated from wives; mothers from children. The Victorians disliked the poor.

We have civilized ourselves since the 19th century. There is no need for David Cameron to take us back to the ethos of the Eton workhouse.”

For someone who claims to be a historian, Hunt’s grasp of the past and the modern-day seems some what jaded. Just as Guido was typing up this piece and thinking of a suitable logo for a hyperbole award, he noticed that ConservativeHome have given Hunt the “Order of the OTT” for his piece. As he couldn’t put it better himself he borrowed the logo.

*The UCS, where Hunt was a pupil is a member of the Eton Group, an elite grouping of the twelve best schools in the country. But that didn’t quit fit the narrative.




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