Tom Richmond: Major right to say Britain is mismanaged by small clique

IT is slightly ironic that Sir John Major blames ‘class’ for Britain’s woes when he chose to accept a knighthood in 2005.

Perhaps it was me, but I was slightly surprised at just how 
few people were wearing a 
poppy on their coats – this was 
Remembrance Sunday afternoon – and how visitors to the 
courtyard were being serenaded by carol singers, presumably in a bid by the commercial department to entice more people to buy Chatsworth’s Christmas paraphernalia.

Call me old-fashioned, but it did seem odd that carols – complete with all the jollity of Christmas – were being performed on such a solemn day, and 24 hours before the nation fell silent to mark the 95th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end.