Rather liked Rod Liddle's review of Tom Bower's book on Lord and Lady Black in the Sunday Times yesterday. Liddle was asked by the ex-Spectator ed Boris Johnson to write a piece about the former Telegraph owner but didn't quite understand what Black had done. Boris explained:
“Um, well, Rod, think of it a bit like this. Imagine your wife had bought a chocolate cake for the children and put it in the fridge for safekeeping. And then, ah, in the middle of the night you crept downstairs and ate a little bit of it. That’s, um, sort of what Conrad’s done.”
Later, when the enormity of Black's alleged fiddling at Hollinger had come to light, Boris amended his explanation to:
"Um, you know that stuff I said about Conrad and the chocolate cake, Rod? Well, he may have taken more than just a little slice ...”
CONRAD AND LADY BLACK: Dancing on the Edge by Tom Bower, Harper Press £20.