The first (and only) occasion I met Annunziata Rees-Mogg was about five years ago. I had invited Conservative Parliamentary Candidates in Wales to join me for a discussion about Assembly issues prior to the last election. I was an Assembly Member at the time. I asked this young, confident young woman what her name was. She replied "Annunziata" - not unreasonable since it was indeed her name. I think she was the candidate in Aberavon. To my eternal shame I asked her what she was known as. My only excuse is that I had never heard the name before (not having had a classical education), and I was trying to be friendly. She fixed me with an unblinking look, and said "Annunziata". "You pillock" I thought to myself - me that is. Anyway, my regard for this young woman rocketed - and even more so as she contributed to the discussion in such a knowledgeable way. I immediately marked her down as a Conservative star of the future. Perhaps I was a bit overawed because I regard her father (along with Charles Moore) as one of the two finest journalists of the age.
I have no idea whether David Cameron suggested to Annunziata that she should change her name to Nancy Mogg (Nanci if she's been contesting Aberavon again). I very much doubt it - except in jest. If he'd asked me first I'd have advised him against it. Not only do I think Annunziata should stick with her name, but I'm considering changing my name to Glyn Davies-Roberts as a gesture of support. My No 3 son did briefly consider changing his surname to O'Sullivan-Davies when he married Adrienne last year. In the event, he was just too conservative to do anything quite so radical. Whatever, I'm looking forward to hearing Kevin Maguire and his prejudiced ilk having to report on Annunziata Rees-Mogg's elevation to the Cabinet in a few year's time.