Friday, May 22, 2015

Cam Cam

With the BBC looking for political friends wherever it can find them, there may be something in the appointment of Camilla Cavendish to ruminate on policy at No 10. Camilla overlapped with David Cameron at Brasenose College, Oxford, and also left with a 1st in PPE. She's writing her last column for the Sunday Times this weekend.

Camilla was at Putney High School alongside Sophie Raworth. She's been praised for recent performances on Question Time, and has featured more and more on Newsnight. She's a Trustee of Frank Field's Early Years Foundation charity - and, blow me down, so is Lord Hall of Birkenhead.

Cam's husband, Huw Van Steenis (PPE at Trinity Oxford, a year after Camilla) is Managing Director of Morgan Stanley UK. Morgan Stanley is a major sponsor of the Royal Opera House. The ROH Chairman is Simon Robey, formerly of Morgan Stanley, who had a funny feeling the BBC might come calling for Tony.

Camilla's previous jobs have included work for McKinsey, where Suzanne Heywood (wife of Sir Jeremy) is still a director. Lady Heywood remains a trustee of the Royal Opera House, and is still doing odds and ends for the BBC.

On Twitter, Camilla follows no less than nine BBC presenters or correspondents, just one from Sky News, and none from ITV.

1 comment:

  1. Quite a bit more about her on Guido Fawkes:

    "David Cameron’s new policy chief Camilla Cavendish is a former Greenpeace member who believes “mankind’s desperation to chase fossil fuel reserves has led us to the edge of technology and the edge of reason“. Writing in the Sunday Times back in 2013, Cavendish lavishly praised Greenpeace’s efforts to stop deep sea oil drilling and lambasted the government for not taking action:

    'The less that politicians, journalists and friends talk about these issues, the more we assume they cannot really matter — since otherwise someone would do something. Experiments have shown that the inaction of other people can make us underestimate threats. We have retreated into a comfortable conspiracy of silence, which is dangerous.'

    She goes on to warn how Arctic sea ice has shrunk by about 500,000 sq km a decade since 1979 and it could disappear completely by 2023. Last year Arctic ice increased significantly for the second year in a row… "

    I've noticed a few of your recent posts seem to show that the BBC DNA remained within you when you "left".


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