Week 48: Prat – David Mellor

by Jackie_South on November 30, 2014

Taxi_PratThis week, our award for the greatest prat of the last seven days goes to radio host and former Tory Minister, David Mellor

Let’s recall those words the Rt Hon David Mellor treated his taxi driver to:

“You sweaty, stupid little shit”

“Who are you to question me? I don’t want to hear from you, shut the fuck up. Smart-arse little bastard.”

“You’ve been driving a cab for 10 years? I have been in the cabinet, I am an award-winning broadcaster, I’m a Queen’s Counsel, you think your experiences are anything compared to mine? Just shut up.”

That’s right: apparently being in the Cabinet 20 years ago, being on the radio and being a QC means that you automatically know your way around the streets of London better than someone whose job it has been to drive a cab around the capital for ten years, following the grueling Knowledge beforehand to learn hundreds of routes across town.

If the arrogant abuse was not bad enough, it is also an argument that bears no examination whatsoever.

To be fair to Mellor, his belated apology on air was fulsome and seemed honestly contrite, although it needed the threat of a boycott of him by taxi drivers to spur him to it.

The only problem for him was it was followed up with further revelations of his arrogant putting down of those he thought were beneath him: today, the Sun on Sunday revealed that the police interviewed him last year for two incidents of racism against security staff at his plush St Katharine’s Dock pad.

What a thoroughly unpleasant, and rather stupid, man.

Oh, and how did he become a Queen’s Counsel? Not by the usual legal qualification route but being granted it as a one-time barrister who became a Cabinet Minister. Perhaps he thinks that passing his driving test and then becoming a Cabinet Minister also entitles him to be a cabbie?

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George_East November 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Interesting employment of a asterixes there Jackie. ‘shit’ not ok but ‘fuck’ is? In my view brings me back to the basic lesson – call a cunt a cunt and you can’t go much wrong.


Jackie_South December 1, 2014 at 3:04 am

Fair point – caused by my lifting of quotes. Now all un-asterisked.


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