Thursday, 26 January 2017
Tam Dalyell, 1932-2017
With two hereditary titles, one of them derived from an ancestor who had been among Charles I's Royalist generals, this Old Etonian served for 43 years as the Labour MP for the area that contained his stately home with peacocks on the lawn.
During that time, he made a glorious nuisance of himself, using his utterly uncompromising upper-class accent to scourge Margaret Thatcher over the miners, Tony Blair over Iraq, and numerous lesser figures over everything under the sun.
There'll never be another.