Lady Sasha Swire’s bombshell diaries contain references to Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Dominic Cummings, Prince Andrew and David Cameron, who was embarrassed by the book
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The indiscreet and explosive memoirs of an MP’s wife have displaced Brexit as Westminster’s hot topic of conversation.
She is married to ex-minister Sir Hugo Swire – one of David Cameron’s inner circle during his time as PM.
Sending shockwaves through the Tory Party, the book, Diary of an MP’s Wife, spares nobody, revealing secrets many would have preferred to have kept private. Few of those on the front benches from the era of the Con-Dem coalition get off lightly.
Boris Johnson, who was on the fringes of Eton rival Cameron’s chummy gang, is hung out to dry too.
Cameron’s laddish banter with posh pals such as former Foreign Office minister Sir Hugo and Chancellor George Osborne has caused huge embarrassment.
Lady Swire’s brutally frank diaries are a reminder of just how detached Cameron and his pals were from ordinary voters.
The episodes she describes lift a lid on a clique that quaffed champagne while others struggled under Tory austerity.
Lady Swire refers to Boris Johnson as His Blondness and says he has only ever been loyal to himself.
She reveals many of those in Theresa May’s Cabinet did not take him seriously and that former Chancellor Philip Hammond once called him “silly boy”. Lady Swire adds the then Brexit Secretary David Davis “clipped Boris over the back of the head with his hand” during a meeting.
She alleges David Cameron always saw Johnson as a “liability”. The book also claims that Johnson was driven by jealousy of Cameron.
Possibly the most indiscreet account of the Swires’ time with the Camerons involves a walk along a coastal path during a stay in Cornwall in 2011.
Lady Swire, 57, writes that David Cameron, 53, asked her to walk in front of him. She adds that when she enquired why, the then Prime Minister told her: “Because that scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones.
“It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one!”
David Cameron’s wife Samantha needed a drink to face the cameras as she stood by his side when he resigned after the Brexit vote, the book says.
Lady Swire recalls how she and her husband joined the Camerons to drown their sorrows with “endless bottles of wine, whisky and brandy” after the referendum result. Lady Swire says Cameron was “incandescent with anger” at Brexit-backing Michael Gove.
She adds Cameron told the group that Boris Johnson said in texts that he never really believed Brexit could happen.
In the run-up to being knighted at Windsor Castle in 2016, Sir Hugo was worried it would be performed by Prince Andrew, according to Lady Swire.
She quotes her husband as saying: “I’m not kneeling down in front of that man. He might knight me with his todger.”
The most scathing opinion of the royals is saved for Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie Wessex, who allegedly moaned at length “about sharing royal duties with her husband and being frozen out”.
Describing a night at the Chancellor’s residence Dorneywood in 2010, Lady Swire says George Osborne deliberately stirred trouble.
After she moaned about not getting an invite to Chequers, he is said to have called David Cameron to tell him: “Sasha is here, whingeing she has not been asked to Chequers yet.”
She adds that at Osborne’s 40th birthday party, William Hague gave a speech saying Osborne’s “Law One” was to work out who would be the next leader and “stick to them like glue”.
She says David Cameron “gave Gove a b*****king” and “went ballistic” when the then Education Secretary publicly attacked the “preposterous” number of Old Etonians in Cameron’s inner circle.
Her contention is “loose cannon” Gove made the comment to wreck Boris Johnson’s chances of succeeding Cameron as PM.
At a dinner party in the Downing Street flat in 2011, Gove’s wife Sarah Vine, a newspaper columnist, was “lumbered with cooking” while Sam Cam was upstairs learning to cut patterns for her fashion business.
Dominic Cummings is referred to as “one of those odd amoebas you find in jars in school science labs”.
Lady Swire says Cummings is a “stark raving mad Rasputin”, and that teaming him up with Michael Gove, the “most volatile member of the Government, was always an explosion waiting to happen”.
Lady Swire adds there are a host of insulting nicknames for Theresa May, including Mrs Glumbucket.
The author adds Sajid Javid was given a Cabinet job “because they like the fact he is a Muslim and his father was a bus driver”.
Sir Hugo and Lady Swire were among the Camerons’ closest friends, but that may have changed due to her memoirs.
The couples remained in close contact after Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister and then as an MP.
Referring to Cameron’s attempts to write his memoirs, Lady Swire writes: “He seems bored by the process.”
And in a damning quote about Cameron, she writes: “As for all the dosh, he says every time he looks for a loophole to stash it away, he realises that George and he closed it, and laughs.”
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