Diary: Politico’s is where Greer and Hamilton reveal all between the covers

Hottest ticket in town, well in SW1 at least, was Thursday evening’s launch of Ian Greer’s book One Man’s Word at Westminster book and coffee shop Politico’s.

Hottest ticket in town, well in SW1 at least, was Thursday

evening’s launch of Ian Greer’s book One Man’s Word at Westminster book

and coffee shop Politico’s.



The location was sweetly ironic. GJW’s Andrew Gifford, one of those whom

Greer is said to blame for his downfall, is a minor shareholder. Its

proprietor Iain Dale has also tangled with the diminutive lobbyist in

the past. He tells me he turned down a job at Ian Greer Associates three

years ago.



’Three weeks later I turned down a job with Dame Shirley Porter, at

Westminster City Council,’ he sighs.



Neither the book nor the guest list were available in advance. A

spokesperson at Greer’s publisher Andre Deutsch refused to speculate on

whether the list would include the Guardian’s David Hencke - the man who

broke the cash-for-questions story.



Among those unlikely to attend was Greer’s former partner in litigation

Tatton MP Neil Hamilton - who threatened to sue Politico’s ten days

before it opened if it stocked the Guardian book Sleaze. The book is now

its number two bestseller.



But there is some consolation for Mr Hamilton. Dale tells me he is now

doing a roaring trade in ’Neil Hamilton is Innocent’ badges, sales of

which are matched only by those of a badge bearing the legend, oh

dear ...’ Martin Bell for Tatton’.



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