This interesting blog entry was removed by Mr Towler from his blog shortly after it was posted.
I wonder why?
All this stuff about Dolly Draper rather takes my mind tumbling back to my time as a student. Draper, then the National President of the Young Fabians was giving a talk to the York University Labour Students. I as the Chairman of the Student Tory association ambled along to hear what was being said and ended up in the bar afterwards (Vanbrugh if I recall).
Well the Conversation went on until past closing time and fascinated by experiencing for the first time both the moral vacuity at the heart of the growing New Labour project, (this must have 1992) and its extraordinary will to power and ambition I invited Draper back to my house to continue the discussion and kip over - he had missed the last train to London.
And so the conversation continued. I was, at the time, and for a range of reasons the York Student Union L and G officer and so the issue of gay rights was broached. Draper told me that the garnering of power was the purpose of the new moves in the Labour Party, not direct intellectual consistency. He gave as an example the new version of Labour would happily junk its commitments to Gay equality if it would mean that they would gain more votes in the vital 'conservative' middle classes than it would lose in its more secure 'Islingtonian' support base.
Needless to say I was taken aback. But not nearly as much as the following exchange - which memory has kept fresh, for you will understand good reasons.
DD: So you are politically ambitious?
DD: You want to get elected to Westminster?
GT: Yes of course.
DD: Wouldn't it be fun if sometime in the future you were over on your side of the despatch box and I was on my side and we both knew that we had fucked?"
I pointed out that just because I was bi this didn't mean I was prepared to go to bed with any man who asked.
He continued pleading for about quarter of an hour until I took him upstairs put him in my bed and went downstairs to the couch.
Though pretty appalled by the hypocrisy I was prepared to let it lie there, until his reaction the following day. The next morning he was obviously deeply embarrassed by the affair, but in classic Draper mode he covered it through aggression.
DD: Don't you dare tell anybody about what happened last night" he hissed "Don't you dare or I will destroy you. I know more people in the Tory party than you. And I can make sure your career in politics is destroyed".
Well, being an Englishman of a particular sort I don't care for that sort of bullying, so I did precisely that and informed the then head of the York Labour Students. It must have got back to him, because when I saw him on Parliament Square a couple of moths later, he walked past me, and noticing me span round and spat,"I will destroy you"'.
I have followed his career with some interest ever since. And none of the recent goings on surprise me at all.
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