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Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014

5:38 PM

23 October 2014

5:38 PM

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery Committee – seen by The Spectator – show that a Republican motion to ditch the Loyal Toast (in which Westminster hacks and assembled guests, from the PM down, raise a glass to the British sovereign) is being considered.

Minutes from the July meeting of the Committee state:

(ii) Loyal Toast: the committee considered the proposal to discontinue the loyal toast at Press Gallery lunches which had been deferred from a previous meeting. After discussion it was agreed that the chairman should take soundings amongst colleagues and report back to the next meeting, when a decision would be taken.

Westminster insiders are horrified. The Loyal Toast is a cherished and honoured tradition: everybody always thought it was just a bit fun. But the worthies have taken against it. One source on the committee blamed a ‘bunch of pinko hippies’ for the move. Mr S can reveal that it is the brainchild of BBC producer Barney Jones. Jones also works for Andrew Marr – who coincidentally makes a fortune out of fawning documentaries about the Royals.


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