Sir James and other curios: Leading article

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The BBC's latest fly-on-the-wall documentary, we learn today, is about the Victoria and Albert Museum - and it reveals an array of strange personalities more curious than the museum's curios. Once every workplace had an oddball or two, enlivening everyone's employment and giving character to the place. But what with downsizing, nonconformists are often the first to go.

So where can misfits find a home? There's only so much room at the V&A. Well, they could always sign up for the Referendum Party. Any party that counts Sir James Goldsmith as its leader, opens its doors to Lord McAlpine, and then proves to be a potential haven for Geoffrey Boycott, clearly has space for everyone. But who would be a fly on that wall?

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