Lord Rees-Mogg

William Rees-Mogg died in December. He was one of the great and the good and wrote majestically on the great issues of the day - and was, as far as I can remember, spectacularly wrong on most of them.

The story I liked was of a dinner that included, amongst others, Rupert Murdoch. The brandy was being swirled around the glasses and Rees-Mogg was holding forth. "Do you know," he said, "I have met three presidents, four prime ministers and two popes - and I don't think any one of them had a first class mind."

Murdoch considered this. "And do you think, William, that they might have thought you were a bit of a prat?"

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