John Major

The South Norfolk Conservative Association’s annual dinner sounds like an event made for Alan Partridge but it is that other 1990s’ star, Sir John Major, who on Friday used it to capture the headlines. “In every single sphere of British influence, the upper echelons of power in 2013 are held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class. To me from my background, I find that truly shocking”, the former prime minister said. 

Prime Minister’s questions are often more fruitful when they are asked of an incumbent’s predecessors. This afternoon, Sir John Major called for a windfall tax on Britain’s energy companies. A Downing Street spokesperson says it is an “interesting contribution” from the former Conservative PM, who is not one to speak rashly, but that there are “no plans” to introduce such a levy. Hmmmm ….