Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, the fragrantly handsome and honey-toned MP for South Dorset, an expensively ill-educated Harrovian and ex-squaddie, lives safely beyond the adulation of the People he holds so dear inside a wall which Ming Dynasty China let alone Nikita Khrushchev would envy.

Despite his military background, Drax bucks the trend of British military history by demanding as a matter of UK government policy that we run away from the Germans, whom he charmingly claims are “seeking to achieve with the Euro what they failed to achieve with the Jackboot”. That he admitted this only “because I am among friends here” (“here” being a dinner of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s constituency party) rather digs the hole deeper.

We think this act of gross cowardice – not to mention malignant and unhistorical stupidity – deserves to be better known than it is; so, since The Dorset Echo was keen on the story but suddenly decided not to run it, we will.

Drax, it goes without saying, has a regular column in that organ – and very entertaining it is too.

Doggin the Drax

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