In his heyday the Tory party conference ladies loved him as “Tarzan”. But in his new reincarnation, Lord Heseltine today is a jungle cry from the politician of old. For starters, he’s a lot quieter. Less roar. Because if you want a Lord Heseltine Lords speech, then you will have to wait. Yes, he’s speechless after all these years.
That’s because nearly ten years after his elevation to the House of Lords, Lord Heseltine has yet to make his maiden speech. It can’t be nerves. It has to be generations since he’s had to overcome stage fright. Since, as plain old Michael Heseltine he certainly knew a thing or two about speaking from the conference platform.
His own view is that he’s too busy with his publishing business to get too committed to speech making in the House. And that view begs the question, why are you in the House of Lords? Of course, it’s political favours. Political patronage. It’s simply not enough to enjoy the public sector pension that comes with your MP status and your old Minister post. And, of course, that’s why people view the House of Lords as they do. An old, parochial gentleman’s club, quite out of touch with the real world.
Such restraint from a Peer. It makes a stark contrast to the maiden speech frenzy of the newly-elected 2010 Members of Parliament. Ah, to be young again, Lord Heseltine. However, we will have to wait a bit longer for a Heseltine Lords speech.
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