Evening Standard standard.co.uk 18 Sep, 2020 11:30 am

My friend Sasha Swire feels bloodied by the backlash to her diaries... and Boris disappoints

My friend Sasha Swire feels bloodied by the backlash to her diaries... and Boris disappoints
Hugo Swire and his wife Sasha, author of the wickedly funny and sublimely penned Diary of an MPs Wife, are old chums of mine. Hugo, a former Cameroon minister, is urbane in the classic English way that Michael Wilding personified. Sasha is generous, kind and an ingratiating proposition in the looks department. We both have Mittel-European mothers of a feisty disposition, and a

Recently I had a drink with Norman Lamont and my old friend Gina Thomas, who reminded me of a passage in Alan Bennett’s teleplay about Guy Burgess, “An Englishman Abroad”.My old friend Boris Johnson appears to have been kidnapped and replaced with some dour, repressive doppelgänger.” The other day, I was in my local deli, Panzers, the finest food emporium in London.Malthouse, the only man I have ever met who can strut sitting down, is in no danger of suffering from this himself.

When I spoke to the Swires on the phone on Tuesday, as they were escaping the furnace of London for their house in Devon, I found poor Sasha feeling bloodied by it all.She says the extracts have been a distortion of the book, in which she writes very kindly and sympathetically of the Camerons and other friends.

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