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Selsdon Man

I prefer Harry Potter - he advocated a private currency like Hayek.

James Maskell

Good to see the Cameron camp is deadly serious about the future of the country....

John Coulson

Gove looks a bit like Golum.

John Coulson

As much as I admire Letwin it is a bit worrying that he is seen as a senior figure. He has only been in the Commons since '97.


If I were DD I'd ask to be Aragorn.

Socialist Looking In

So who is Maggie T? Shelob?

James Maskell

I guess Maggie would be Bilbo Baggins. Well, in all but gender of course.....

Yet another Anon

Does this mean that Michael Hestletine is Gandalf?

If Tony Blair is Sauron it would be as well to remember that it was Melkor who was chained by the Mighty to be released to conquer and subjugate Middle Earth as part of a prophecy where Sauron had not quite succeeded so is Gordon Brown Melkor? Not sure that Robert Kilroy Silk was of sufficent significance to be compared to Saruman?

Not only this but it was Aragorn who became King not Frodo and who is Aragorn?

And the Dwarves - are these the Liberal Democrats? Maybe the Ents are the DUP?

The Balrog presumably is John Prescott and the Orcs Labour activists?

Yet another Anon

And Michael Howard - Steward of Gondor, presumably the Nazgul are Labour cabinet ministers and Charles Clarke the Cave Troll?

Yet another Anon

Surely Mrs Thatcher would be Isildur?

James Maskell

Frodo had the quest to save Middle Earth. Aragorn just looked after one Kingdom, that of Man. Liam Fox perhaps. Someone who knows societies problems and is wary of problems outside of Man's shores?

You;'d never think a hard hitting political site which has in recent discussed some very technical political issues such as euthansasia, tax and economic policy and abortion, would be comparing Tories to the Fellowship of the Ring!!!

James Maskell

Treebeard and the Woodfolk would be the Tory peers, led by the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords.

James Maskell

Grima adviser who poisons minds...Alistair Campbell. Who seriously believes he doesnt give advice at the moment to Labour?

Sean Fear

John Bercow is Gollum. Michael Portillo is Saruman. Shaun Woodward is Wormtongue. John Prescott is Ugluk. Ian Macartney is Shagrat. Ben Bradshaw is the Mouth of Sauron.

Socialist Looking In

David Davis must be Boromir.


Ian Macartney is not good looking enough to be Shagrat Sean.But I'm sure you're being nice, because as we both know we shouldn't mock the afflicted!

Sean Fear

Some wrong suggestions on this thread, so far.

Shelob can only be Helen Brinton; the Cave Troll has to be the Speaker of the House of Commons. Michael Hesseltine is a more plausible Bilbo (just before he left for Valinor). Mrs T is Galadriel.

Yet another Anon

Veritas would definitely be the Urukai.

Maybe the EU would be more appropriate as Mordor with the DUP as the Fellowship.

John Hustings

I know this is not on topic, but I just wondered if the differences over fishing policy have been covered here.

It would appear that clear differences in policy have emerged over a crunch issue for eurosceptics.


Gove a Tolkein fan? Oh dear. Every time I start thinking I could warm to Gove (ie when he starts talking on foreign policy and I forget for a moment his uselessness on the domestic front), along comes something new.

First it was the discovery of his article for The Times, headlines:

"I just can't hold it back any more; I love Tony Blair!"

And now it's the Tolkein stuff. It's that odd little adolescent streak. It's very worrying. The idea of the Notting Hill set huddled like a gang of spotty adolescents in public school imagining they are a world-saving fellowship just fills me with disgust.


Editor, this Tolkien information has been absolutely invaluable. I never could get to the bottom of why I instinctively found this group so creepy.


Apologies to all the rest of you who appear to be so familiar with the cast of characters in this yucky little fantasy world. It's obviously something wrong with me, some failure to connect with the true force.

Sean Fear

Few people are neutral about LOTR, Buxtehude. People either love it or loathe it.

Mark Fulford

Yup Bux, I wonder if they're Dungeons and Dragons freaks too...


"Yup Bux, I wonder if they're Dungeons and Dragons freaks too..."

Damn right. Y'know, we'd be better off having a completely different kind of questionnaire to the one The Editor presented. I bet you outside the political set all that people really know is:

a) who likes lager and who likes beer
b) who wears boxers and who wears briefs
c) which one prefers blondes

I would lay money on it. Not policy, but trivia.

So I think The Editor should devise a new survey: which games do you play, where do you shop, which teams do you support (sadly for the Tories, neither one does. DD just says he doesn't care about football, Cameron once pretended to like, I think it was, Birmingham City.)

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