The Steeple Times asks writer, broadcaster and entertainer Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?
“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?
If you say so dear.
Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?
Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?
Cherie Blair. Thank God.
What might you swap all your wealth for?
Another invitation to lunch.
Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank.” What’s your view on the banking crisis?
Banking is for adolescents. Real men drink.
What phrase or word do you most loathe?
“You can’t do that”.
In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?
I undertake a lot of ‘pro bono’ legal work for people but my wife is in charge of our wider charitable affairs. We don’t have one special charity although she is currently ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and we both assist and support many and varied local and national charities.
The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?
It is not my world. I have a telephonist.
If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?
Nigel Farage. The perfect place to plot.
If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?
A long, long dinner which would keep on coming… Oysters followed by Beluga caviar through many courses to… ? I would eat it in the old Savoy Grill.
What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?
I am on an intravenous drip.
A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?
Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?
Michael Ashcroft throws the most expansive parties we are ever invited to.
Who is the most positive person you know?
What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Life is one long guilty pleasure.
If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?
I don’t know anything about them.
If you were a car, what marque would you be?
A Ford Popular.
Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.
That I am still alive.
What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?
I have a chimneypiece.
Neil Hamilton is a writer, broadcaster and entertainer. He is the former Conservative Member of Parliament for Tatton (1983 – 1997) and now sits on the National Executive of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
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