Some Tories believe that Cameron\’s attachment to the nobility will resurface when he no longer has to face the electorate. They believe that when he eventually stands down Cameron will revive the tradition of granting an earldom to a former prime minister. The Camerons would become the Earl and Countess of Witney, the name of his Oxfordshire constituency.
This is the opposite to Maurice Glasman\’s thing about wanting to become Baron \”of the City of London\”.
He couldn\’t because the City has, in matters of honours and precedence, the status of a County. Which his far too grand for a mere Baron to be of.
However, Witney might be somewhere too small for someone to be an Earl of. A Baron, yes, but an Earl? Two entire steps up?
Looking back, Earl of Stockton (Macmillan), but Stockton is much larger. Before that with PMs, Earl of Avon (umm, bloke with mustache), Earl Atlee (no geographic assignation) and pre-war I don\’t know about.
He certainly can\’t become Earl Cameron, half the Highlands would kill the other half over that.
So, if the Boy Dave does become and Earl, what would the Garter King at Arms (think he\’s the right bloke to decide this) allow him to use as his title?
Actually, might be Clarenceux who makes that decision.
Strange but true story: I once woke up to find the wife of the then Clarenceux asleep on my sofa. I\’d rented out the spare bedroom of my flat to a student from the university: deal was, no rent, but keep the place tidy, general light housework. Mother had come to make sure that\’s all there was, this wasn\’t to be an introduction to night time creeping.