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David Butler: The quality of politicians at the moment is depressing

The inventor of the swing-o-meter on lunch with Churchill, his biggest regret, and remembering the 1931 general election

By Prospect Team   December 2018

David Butler answers Prospect's Brief Encounter questions. Illustration: Nick Taylor

What is the first news event you can recall?

The 1931 general election. I was seven and I stood outside a polling station in St Pancras. My father was a professor at UCL and we lived in Bloomsbury, and it was a polling station in an elementary school around the corner.

Which past political figure would you most like to have dinner with?

I had it at 25, when I spent four hours with Winston Churchill and that made…

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