Balfour's biographer records an exasperated minister complaining of "cliquey conversations between 'Arthur' and 'Bob' and 'George' - sometimes almost unintelligible in their intimate allusions to the outer circle of the Cabinet.
How fortunate, not least for the minutes secretary, that the Prime Minister and his father-in-law are not both members of the present Cabinet.
Knaresborough, N Yorkshire
Your article misses the point. Informality, whether in the way you address people, the way you dress or how you live reflects a weakening of authority in society, and a strengthening of the power of ordinary people compared to those who used to command and demand respect.