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How aristocrats bring out the Jeremy Corbyn in SARAH VINE

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Let s be honest, I m no one s idea of a rabid revolutionary, but every now and then something comes along to stir my inner Jeremy Corbyn. It first happened a few years ago when I had the misfortune to sit next to Earl Spencer then about to be married for the second time at a dinner. I won t reveal exactly what was said it was a private conservation but let s say I suddenly realised that not all aristocrats are amiable old buffers with gentlemanly manners and dodgy plumbing. Instead, they can be ruthless, arrogant and unkind.

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How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

Let s be honest, I m no one s idea of a rabid revolutionary, but every now and then something comes along to stir my inner Jeremy Corbyn

I ve felt the same red flag stirrings this week reading about the extraordinary goings on at Longleat, the 190 million estate owned by the Marquess of Bath, which is becoming better known for its poisonous family feud than for its world-famous lions. For those who have missed it, the Marquess s 41-year-old heir Ceawlin Thynn s mother did not attend his wedding amid allegations she had suggested that marrying his half-Nigerian wife would damage the family s aristocratic pedigree. Her exact alleged words? Are you sure about what you re doing to 400 years of bloodline? Poor Ceawlin was reportedly so upset that, as well as banning her from the wedding, he hired security guards to ensure she didn t try to gatecrash it.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

Heir Ceawlin Thynn s, pictured, allegedly fell out with his mother over comments that his half-Nigerian wife would damage the family s aristocratic pedigree

Since then, apparently there has been no communication and the couple have reportedly refused to let her see her grandchild for fear of contamination . For her part, Lady Bath says her absence was due to a prior engagement to which she had to accompany her husband. In truth, a bit of casual racism is the least of it. All his life, the Marquess who styled himself as a hippy eccentric, a libertarian with a penchant for brightly coloured ethnic kaftans has behaved like a seedy spoilt brat. Having inherited Longleat an Elizabethan gem set in 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens he had the arrogance to add to its exquisite Flemish tapestries, fine French furniture and priceless paintings (including a Titian) his own obscenely pornographic daubings.

It was when his son who admits they gave him nightmares as a child had the temerity to tear some of these down that the feud started. Then there are the Marquess s notorious wifelets such a disingenuously cosy term for a group of live-in concubines who have ranged from Sri Lankan teenagers to minor Bond girls to outright prostitutes. Truly, if this family lived in a council house instead of enjoying a staff of 300 plus 400 paying tenants the social workers would have come knocking months ago. Now they are to be the subjects of Britain s latest reality show All Change At Longleat, which starts on BBC1 on Monday which by focusing on this thoroughly dysfunctional family will doubtless provoke much mirth.

Does any of this matter? Yes, because the problem with toffs like Bath and others like him, from the Marquess of Bristol (a degenerate who inherited pots of money and a beautiful house only to descend into drug addiction, lose it all and die young) to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Jamie Blandford (a former drug addict, convicted forger and now custodian of that architectural gem, Blenheim Palace) is that they play into the hands of the class warriors.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

All his life, the Marquess who styled himself as a hippy eccentric, a libertarian with a penchant for brightly coloured ethnic kaftans has behaved like a seedy spoilt brat

They corrode and undermine an institution that while by no means fair is nevertheless part of the fabric of British society. Because there is much that is worth preserving about the upper echelons of British society. The Duke of Westminster alone, with his work for the Territorial Army, is testament to that.

Or look at the Queen living proof that belonging to an ancient ruling family does not necessarily mean for one second resting on one s laurels. But as Her Majesty proves, it s not the crown that makes a monarch or the title that confers nobility. It s showing that you understand that with great privilege comes great responsibility.

If more toffs could just grasp that fact, then perhaps it would go some way to abating the class hatred that still tears this country apart.

  • A breath-taking 850 million was spent buying preening spoilt brats over the summer aka Premier League footballers. I imagine that could help a few Syrian refugees.

Free sports bras, not free meals

Andy Murray may have crashed out of the U.S. Open, but once again his mother, Judy, proves she s one of the most sensible women on the planet.

Pointing out that not all girls are natural sportswomen, she suggests schools introduce activities that everyone can participate in, such as pilates or zumba. As the mother of a 12-year-old (the most difficult age of all, we are told) who has yet even to make it on to the Tiddlywinks team, I wholeheartedly agree.

I d also add my own suggestion: instead of wasting all this money on free school meals for middle-class children, why not use the money to buy a decent sports bra for every teenage girl?

If my memories of being sniggered at while doing star jumps at the age of 14 are anything to go by, it would stop a lot of girls from giving up altogether.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

Andy Murray may have crashed out of the U.S. Open, but once again his mother, Judy, proves she s one of the most sensible women on the planet

Kirsty’s Strictly desperate

What to do if one is an obscure sports TV presenter with a celebrity talent contest to win? Why, pose stark naked for a women s magazine, of course. Step forward Strictly contender Kirsty Gallacher (no, me neither). Still, let s be thankful for small mercies: at least she s not pregnant as well.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

What to do if one is an obscure sports TV presenter with a celebrity talent contest to win? Why, pose stark naked for a women s magazine, of course. Step forward Strictly contender Kirsty Gallacher

Thanks to a timely initiative by Nicky Morgan and the Department for Education, baffled parents can now access a handy guide to teenage text-speak.

Thus we learn that KPC equals Keep Parents Clueless, P999 means Parent Alert and PAL means Parents Are Listening.

But why should children have the best secret codes? We parents must devise our own.

How about: ITN (Irritating Teenager Nearby), TMO (Time he/she Moved Out), TTA (Teenage Tantrum Alert), WAIT (What Am I, a Taxi?) and, of course, that old favourite: WDYLSDO (What Did Your Last Slave Die Of?).

In what is thought to be an ecclesiastical first, self-styled cool vicar Paul Frost, from St John s Anglican Church in Corby, Northamptonshire, interrupted a couple s wedding service this week to take a snap with his selfie stick. In years to come, when historians look back over the 21st century, this will be the event they pinpoint as the exact moment when civilisation died.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

St John s Anglican Church in Corby, Northamptonshire, interrupted a couple s wedding service this week to take a snap with his selfie stick

Stunts won’t save Syria

Celebrities and politicians such as Bob Geldof and Yvette Cooper (better known as Mrs Ed Balls) are lining up to offer their spare bedrooms to Syrian refugees.

No word yet from the Milibands as to whether they ll be making their second kitchen available.

There can be no doubting the seriousness of this humanitarian crisis; but we need a grown-up strategy, not empty, narcissistic publicity stunts.

That said, some good may yet come of it.

After all, you d think twice about risking everything to get to the UK if you thought that, at the end of it all, you might find yourself sharing a bathroom with Ed Balls.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

After all, you d think twice about risking everything to get to the UK if you thought that, at the end of it all, you might find yourself sharing a bathroom with Ed Balls

The other day, while stopping to buy the children ice cream after their first day back at school, a man came into the shop with the most adorable little puppy. I spent about five minutes cooing over the damn thing before noticing the identity of its owner: David Beckham.

I think that means I have now officially reached the age when I m more interested in dogs than men.

The peril of jihad on the net

It s an extraordinary fact that Ruhul Amin, the jihadist who was killed in a drone strike last month, attended the same primary school as my husband, albeit some years later.

What kind of evil can turn an ordinary boy from Aberdeen into a crazed terrorist? Simple: the internet.

Or, as he put it himself in an interview with ITN: I did not learn my jihad from the Aberdeen mosque; I learned that through my own on the internet or whatever.

Are you listening Google, Facebook, Twitter?

I know that teenagers can be a terrible handful for teachers, but mothers like Yvonne McDowell, who claims her daughter s human rights are being infringed because her school refuses to let her go back until she gets rid of her leopard-print haircut, are an even bigger menace.

How Aristocrats Bring Out The Jeremy Corbyn In SARAH VINE

teenagers can be a terrible handful for teachers, but mothers like Yvonne McDowell, who claims her daughter s human rights are being infringed because her school refuses to let her go back until she gets rid of her leopard-print haircut, are an even bigger menace

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