would imagine William Hague won over many new friends during his appearance
at Cheltenham Town Hall last Thursday night. The crowd at the Cheltenham
Festival of Literature event burst into spontaneous applause when
it was suggested that Hague could be the next Conservative Chancellor.
the former Tory party leader wasn't as keen as his audience to throw
himself back into the cut and thrust of front-line politics, saying
he was having the "best time of his life".
the night shift
he's already demonstrated by his recent appearances on the BBC satirical
programme "Have I Got News for You", Hague appears to
have plenty of time to reflect on the the funny side of politics
and described his time in charge of the Conservatives as "doing
the night shift".
also shared some of his favourite letters from constituents: One
said "I hope you can take some constructive criticism - your
speech was rubbish."
his favourite: "Dear Mr Hague, The Taliban has taken over Ann
Widdecombe's body, and no-one has noticed."
even managed to look suitably embarrassed when the subject of his
famous speech as a 16-year-old was raised during the introduction.
But he's still clearly making his mark in the adult world and managed
to engage the near capacity audience with an entertaining summary
of his 652-page political biography of Pitt The Younger.
Hague was on stage at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature on Thursday
14th October 2004.
by David Aston
about Gloucestershire festivals