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The way we were: politicians on holiday

Three extracts from letters and diaries

By Ian Irvine   173

One of holiday’s “delirious pleasures”

14th August 1898. Raymond Asquith, son of the Liberal politician and later prime minister HH Asquith, writes to a student friend from the family holiday home in St Andrews:

Have you ever been on a “merry-go-round”? A fair has just taken up its position… and we all go out after dinner and ride on the thing. I assure you it is a most delirious pleasure: the horses move up and down and from side to side, as well as round and round… The scene quite reminds one of Walpurgisnacht: the throng of half-naked lascivious women,…

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