Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for April 16th, 2009

In Memoriam Clement Freud

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 16th April, 2009

clement-freud2The old Liberal Party had more than its fair share of characters who won (and often kept) seats in Parliament largely on the strength of their personality. But few were ever quite as well-known — and at times infuriating — as Clement Freud, who has died. Catapulted to TV fame as the lugubrious face of dog food, alongside an equally lugubrious hound, Henry, this cookery writer and wit, grandson of Sigmund Freud and brother of the painter Lucian, confounded the pundits by seizing the constituency of the Isle of Ely (later redrawn as North East Cambridgeshire) in 1973, hanging on to it for 14 years. He was not always the easiest of colleagues, resistant to whipping and well aware of his special standing with the public. But Parliament’s loss was the media’s gain, as Clem was prolific in newspaper columns and on the airwaves, most notably becoming a fixture of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’. He will be much missed.

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