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Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics

I wrote here a few years ago about the wonderfully funny but sometimes tragic “Rogues Villains and Eccentrics” book by the late William Donaldson.


To appreciate the context of the book I’d recommend reading the post I link to above and then come back and read this critique of bonkers Tory Politician and former Scottish Solicitor General, Nicholas Fairbairn:


It’s a fantastic book to have in the house.

All human life is there. I see it has become a collectors item with copies changing hands on Ebay for £25 and upwards. If you are sharp eyed you should manage to pick one up for less than half that.

Money well spent.


2 Responses

  1. Fairbairn’s looks aren’t too, um, fair. Coupled with his observations about women and physical appearance, he supports my hypothesis about the direct correlation between physical repellence and a willingness to opine about the ugliness of others.

    Yet the evidence suggests he managed to bed quite a few women and marry at least two. As unindicted war criminal Henry Kissinger said, power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

    I can only conclude his preference for Mrs. Khrushchev (presumably Nikita’s third wife, Nina Petrovna Kukharchuk) on a desert island based strictly on appearance is meaningless, as he may well have found her power quite irresistible.

  2. I’ve never quite understood the attraction certain women have for certain chaps, other than that power thing.

    The late Alan Clark was not only a creep, he was lizard-like in looks, yet he was a pork swordsman of some repute. Paisley’s Quasimodo, Andrew Neil, is eye-wateringly ugly yet he squires (but I doubt beds) some stoaters.

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