Opinions: Do You belong to a club?
Sunday 22 January 1995
DAWN PRIMAROLO, MP: I'm not a member of any clubs at all; I don't feel deprived, though if I knew what was fixed and sorted out in them I might feel differently.
TIM RENTON, MP: I've been a member of the Garrick club for eight years. The food's good and it's full of entertaining people from Kingsley Amis to Robin Day - with not too many politicians. I have a Garrick bow tie which is salmon and cucumber I wear to outdo Robin Day. It has a marvellous collection of theatrical pictures and I'm told that the pictures in the Ladies toilets are wonderful.
TONY BLAIR's OFFICE: He is a member of the Trimdon Colliery and Deaf Hill Working Men's, the Trimdon Village Working Men's and the Fishburn Working Men's.
WILL SELF, writer: I confess. I am a member of the Groucho club. It's embarrassing but I have been hanging out there recently. I know the staff, the bar's good and it's near my publishers. It's cosy and people want to feel they belong.
SARAH-JANE LOVETT, poet: Apparently I'm banned from the Academy Club [in Soho, owned by Auberon Waugh] which is very frightening - I'm obviously too attractive. Groucho's is very homely, despite its reputation, which is why I hold my club for fellow poets there.
PETER BOIZOT, chairman, Pizza Express: The Colony Room, which used to be a famous old club in Soho. In the old days it used to be full of very bohemian people. Gentlemen's clubs attract loners who want to have polite conversation about topical events. I wish I could say we talk about women but they are rarely mentioned. Sexism always raises its head in clubs and I think it should be up to the members who they let in and what sex they are.
MICHAEL WINNER, film director: I was once put up for a very posh private club, the name of which escapes me now, but I had to wear a tie at the interview. Halfway through the interview I thought how ridiculous the whole set-up was, informed them that I didn't actually want to be a member, and left. When I was at Cambridge I became a life member of both the Labour and Conservative parties. I wanted to keep my options open.
CARL SHAW, civil servant: I've been a season ticket holder of Leicester City Football Club for seven years.
DEBORAH HARWOOD, literary agent: I own a quarter of Peg's, which is a private dining club. I visit at least once a day, either for lunch or supper. I would absolutely miss not having a club to go to.
SIMON HUGHES MP: I'm a Gold Card member of the Ministry of Sound nightclub. I'm a regular Saturday-night goer.
Life & Style blogs
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...