Saturday, February 16, 2008
Hail the 'Castrati'.
Been to the AGM of the Montgomeryshire Conservative Association today. First time I've had an opportunity to talk to our new President, Lord Gowrie. And a great pleasure it was too. He's an Irishman, with a Scottish title, married to a German, who emigrated to Wales. He's also amusing, cultured, and seemed to have that streak of 'independent' thinking that I so enjoy, and aspire to myself. I particularly enjoyed his description of hereditary peers as the 'Castrati' - a word that conveys a sense of history and reduced potency that sums up the position perfectly. I was lucky with our last President of 3 years, Robert Harvey, a noted author (of history books) and former MP for Clwyd South. He was casually 'independent' as well. There must be something about the air in Montgomeryshire that attracts people who will not pander to prejudice, and will not be pushed around. Must be why I would never live anywhere else.