Simon English: Ashcroft's sparkling idea could be a total washout
Thursday 11 October 2012
Outlook Lord Ashcroft of Belize, sometime deputy chairman of the Tory party, ex-rock band manager, entirely legal tax avoider and staunch hater of the Coalition Government (hey, everyone's got something), has an idea.
He intends to become one of the largest producers of English sparkling wine, buying 150 acres of vineyards in West Sussex.
If you didn't know there were any makers of English sparkling wine that's understandable, but they say our climate is less hostile to grapes than it used to be.
You can speculate that this is due to global warming, just not on any of the good Lord's Conservative-supporting websites.
There's no reason at all not to wish him all the luck in the world. If cheap UK fizz were available and drinkable we'd buy it. Weddings being less expensive would be another great act of philanthropy.
So it is with regret we report that rival Nyetimber, one of the most successful West Sussex winemakers, chose yesterday to announce it will not be harvesting this year's crop because the grapes have been so useless after the dreadful summer weather.
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
iJobs Money & Business
£15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company offers a range of ...
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors are r...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Compliance Manager is require...