The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom went to some pretty bizarre parties in college, if a forthcoming, unauthorized biography written by a former friend is to be believed.
The book, Call Me Dave, co-written by billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott, includes allegations that David Cameron smoked pot while listening to Supertramp, joined a drinking club famous for trashing rooms, and took part in a particularly seedy initiation ritual to join an exclusive dining club.The Daily Mail published excerpts of the book this morning; Ashcroft and Oakeshott also wrote in a separate piece for the newspaper:
A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig. His extraordinary suggestion is that the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal’s mouth.
The man who made the swine-related allegation claims to have been a student at Oxford University at the same time as Cameron, and went on to also become a member of parliament, according to the book.
Right wing journalist James Delingpole is quoted in the book as saying that Cameron occasionally smoked pot with him as part of yet another group, the Flam Club. “My drug of choice was weed, and I smoked weed with Dave,” he told the authors of the book, according to the Guardian.
“I’m not going to dignify this book with a response,” a spokesperson for the Prime Minister told BuzzFeed U.K. “The author has set out his reasons for writing it.”
The claims have not been corroborated and Ashcroft admits he has an axe to grind, the Guardian notes, because after donating the equivalent of millions of dollars to Cameron's party he expected to be offered a substantial political role when Cameron was elected Prime Minister in 2010.
The suggestion that the leader of the United Kingdom was involved in sordid behavior set off a combination of disgusted and gleeful online responses tagged #baeofpigs, #Hameron and #Piggate. It also eerily echoes an episode of the TV drama Black Mirror, which includes a scene where the fictional Prime Minister has sex with a pig. The series' creator Charlie Brooker said he had no idea about the allegations when he wrote that script.