Martin Bright

A Vision of the Future

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A lot of us have been wondering what Westminster might be like under the Tories. What, for instance, would the parliamentary press lobby look like under a Cameron government? A return to deference, perhaps. Would the gentlemen and the ladies of the press take their information dutifully from the PM's spokesman or woman (who would presumably be called a spokesman) and put it straight in the paper?

We now have an indication from the behaviour at Eric Pickles's bash (quite literally) last night that we may see a different kind of throwback to the days of boozing and brawling that seemed a distant memory.