Michael Portillo: life after politics and unfeasibly bright jackets

imageYou have to admire Michael Portillo, especially if you were, like me, still up for him (I bought the book as well).

Since that low point at Enfield in 1997, he has carved out a remarkable television career for himself. Of course, he is permanently ensconced on the sofa of This Week with the former Lady Macduff to his Lord Macduff, Diane Abbott (I am not making this up).

But what I really admire Portillo for…perhaps “admire” is the wrong word – it’s more like jealousy… is for his “Great Railway Journeys” gig.

Well, that’s quite a gig isn’t it? You get to ride around in trains and interview people about fascinating subjects in some of the nicest places in the UK and around the world.

Portillo has a bit of a stentorian delivery, but he certainly communicates a real interest in the places and people he comes across.

But what clothes he wears! Look at the jacket he was wearing in Prague (above)! Do not adjust your set. Imagine if he had worn that for a military înspection when he was Secretary of State for Defence.

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