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This article is from 2008.

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

The Book Festival always attracts political types of all shades and here’s a bunch who will be turning the air blue down Charlotte Square way

Rick Wakeman He might be a cast member of the Grumpy Old Men but simply mention the word ‘conservative’ and the Yes man lights up. He even performed a gig in 2004 to raise funds for the party. Rock’n’roll eh? 22 Aug, 6.30pm, £9 (£7).

Ffion Hague The wife of that balding guy who once tried to oust Blair from his throne talks about Lloyd George. Not Iain Duncan thingy; you know, the other one? 24 Aug, 3.30pm, £9 (£7).

Robert Kagan One of the men trying to swing world opinion away from Barack Obama and on to Republican candidate John McCain drops by to discuss the problems facing the liberal west. 22 Aug, 3.30pm, £9 (£7).

AA Gill Now we can’t be entirely 100% sure where the eminent food and telly critic sticks his X come polling day but the fact that he talks the way he does, gets thrown out of restaurants with Iron Lady buff Joan Collins and was once married to former Conservative parliamentary candidate Amber Rudd is perhaps evidence enough? 21 Aug, 11.30am, £9 (£7).

Carol Thatcher While legend has it that her mum was never especially keen on Carol and tended to favour Mark, we don’t think this means the queen of the celebrity jungle will ever have become a turncoat and voted New Labour. 25 Aug, 3pm, £9 (£7).

See edbookfest.co.uk

This article is from 2008.

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