There is something nasty about the look, like he could be the accountant or inside man for the more flamboyantly evil Jew in a James Bond film. It seems to me that both James Bond and his villains are fantastic projections of a modern reality on which the other characters in the films are more plausibly based. In related news:
‘This guy clearly does not have anything better to do... What does he think we do? Does he think we sit on our hands waiting to read emails from a ten-year-old who has just discovered Conservatism, on a £200,000 salary in some farmhouse with a wife who works for Google?Right... and will we soon be wearing van Rompuy ties?
Other figures in the party say that when they first received the bulletins, they thought they were a spoof from the BBC’s political spin doctor satire The Thick Of It, which features a Hilton-style PR guru called Stewart Pearson who ‘hangs’ at Tory HQ dressed in jeans and T-shirt and talks impenetrable gobbledegook.
One emailed bulletin that has particularly irritated some Tory frontbenchers urges them to discuss ‘cool examples of the post-bureaucratic approach’ by directly contacting American gurus such as Richard Thaler, the co-creator of the fashionable ‘nudge’ theory which suggests that people can be persuaded to change their behaviour without heavy state intervention.
Mr Hilton then uses the example of ‘binge-drinking in Montana’ to explain his theory.
‘The authorities in Montana managed to cut binge drinking amongst students – something that the Labour Government has tried and failed to do,’ he writes.
‘How? They simply put up advertising that stated, “80 per cent of Montana college students drink fewer than four beers per week.” This led to an immediate fall in drinking because of the power of social norms.’