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
’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’.