Do you know Alex Carlile? He was at one time Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire before being replaced by Lembit Opik – the general view in Welshpool and Caersws was that the latter brought some much needed gravitas to the role.
Yet Carlile’s career has prospered in recent years and I meet him this morning while strolling by the Thames at Westminster.
"I hear you’ve been asked to serve on the committee that is going to review freedom of information legislation," I say brightly.
He looks at me suspiciously: "Who told you that?"
Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South West 1906-10.
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