The US presidential election campaign starts here. Here in the UK that
John Spencer, of the eponymously named consultancy, returns from
Washington joyful and triumphant at having secured a slice of business
from Republican activists.
The brief is to secure the postal votes of the 200,000 odd Americans in
the UK (not including the military), and to ‘exchange ideas with the
political right in the UK’. Although Republican hopeful Bob Dole is no
longer in the first flush of youth, Spencer tells me he has one elderly
trump card to play in his bid to win the hearts of expatriate voters.
The campaign has enlisted the services of right-wing titan Charlton
Heston - the man who parts the Red Sea more easily than Michael
Heseltine parts his hair.