Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP His Guide Dogs & Light Hearted Political Anecdotes — 02/12/2013.

Stumperlowe Probus was filled to the rafters eagerly await­ing the arrival of The Right Honourable David Blunkett and his dog  Crosby. We were not dis­ap­poin­ted.

He gave us an hour of humor­ous anec­dotes of his life in polit­ics. His many faith­ful dogs fea­tured in his stor­ies involving those which do doggy things, includ­ing the one that was sick when Nigel Lawson was deliv­er­ing his budget speech and the dog that loved to pinch children’s ice-creams and sand­wiches.  Others that had flat­u­lence, some snored loudly and one took him­self off and wandered the cor­ridors of power. A par­tic­u­lar favour­ite yelped whenever a Marxist was men­tioned. In fair­ness, it was a nearby MP who stood on the dog’s tail whenever the Marxist was men­tioned.

He talked about many amus­ing incid­ents he had with the Queen, Prince Charles and world lead­ers, like Nelson Mandela and Vladimir Putin.  With a life time in polit­ics there were many amus­ing incid­ents with the likes of Roy Hattersley, Tony Blair  Gordon Brown , Dennis Skinner and even Margaret Thatcher. She had kind thoughts, which she put in a letter to him about his dog Teddy when it died.

Typical of Stumperlowe Probus the ques­tion and answer ses­sion was inter­est­ing and stim­u­lat­ing.  David was asked what he thought was his proudest achieve­ment?  He replied that he was proud to show by example what the dis­abled can achieve through tenacity and hard work. He said that he had mel­lowed over the years and he lived by the notion  “Do your bit and others will do their bit” ( His polit­ical oppon­ents will be pleased)

A most amus­ing and stim­u­lat­ing talk.  Our Speaker Finder must be con­grat­u­lated on such a coup.