The Telegraph | Daniel Hannan | September 27, 2012


I suppose it's possible to spend five years at Eton and not know what Magna Carta means. Winston Churchill once translated a piece of Latin in the House of Commons 'for the benefit of any Old Etonians who may be present'. It's even conceivable that you could take a First in PPE without stumbling across the answer. For what it's worth, though, it strikes me as far more likely that David Cameron was being polite. He was in the US, after all, to fly the flag. There is a line between being polished and being smart-alecky, and David Cameron used the moment to come across as modest and amiable by not knowing something that a lot of viewers did know.

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill