Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Giving it double barrels.

Giving it double barrels.

This Jonathan Freedland article is pretty meritless in most ways.  It does, however, perform a signal service by recalling one of Britain’s more prominent families into the public eye.

The likely next member for South Dorset is in fact – deep breath – Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax.

Now, Richard Drax is an eminently good candidate – background in the army, journalism and farming – and apparently an all-round good egg.  But it must be admitted that it is one hell of a moniker to carry around with you.  Just how big must his cheque-book be for one thing?

Magnificent though his name is, however, it fairly pales by comparison with that of his grandfather, who rejoiced in the full handle of Admiral The Honourable Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, KCB, DSO, JP, DL.  He may not have been the brightest entry in the Navy list, but he was certainly the longest.

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