At around quarter past five on Monday 11 May 1812 PM Spencer Perceval fell down in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster and cried out: “I am murdered!”. Yes, the only time a British prime minister has been assassinated.
Stanley Baldwin was sat by himself in the first class compartment of a train one day in 1926 when a fellow passenger entered, looked at him intensely, and finally exclaimed:
“Baldwin, Harrow, 1882. What are you up to now?”
“I’m prime minister.”
There have been fifty-five British prime ministers, but only one Churchill, and only one of whom the legendary journalist Max Hastings wrote: “While he is a brilliant entertainer … he is unfit for national office. He supposes himself to be Winston Churchill, while in reality being closer to Alan Partridge.”
Who could that be?
* Cruise ships speaker Ed Glinert, one of country’s most prolific tour guides, gets inside No. 10 to reveal the most ridiculous and rip-roaring tales.