It came as something of a surprise to hear of Cyril Smith’s death today. Not that he should have succumbed at the age of 82, but the reverse really.
How had he lived to such a good age when we’re told that obesity is the curse that will put us into an early grave?
I suppose that like most northerners, I had a sneaky affection for Cyril. He had that bluff, no-nonsense approach that suited him as mayor of Rochdale, but I’m not sure it translated easily to national politics. Read more ›››