Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, placed a “private part” of his body inside the head of a dead pig, according to sensational claims made in a new book into the man’s life, authored by former Conservative Party peer and donor Michael Ashcroft. The incident occured when Mr Cameron was trying to obtain membership for the Piers Gaveston society at Oxford University, the book, serialised by the Daily Mail, claims.
The new book, Call me Dave, is an unauthorised biography of the man, written by Ashcroft and Sunday Times columnist Isabel Oakeshott, both of whom remarked that when they first heard the outrageous claim, they believed it to be a joke. But the story kept resurfacing with one witness, now a Member of Parliament, claiming there is even photographic evidence of the incident. The Mail was unable to verify the claim with a picture.
The Mail reports:
But Cameron went a great deal further. He also got involved in the notorious Oxford dining society, the Piers Gaveston, named after the lover of Edward II, which specialises in bizarre rituals and sexual excess.
A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig. His extraordinary suggestion is that the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal’s mouth.
The source — himself an MP — first made the allegation out of the blue at a business dinner in June 2014. Lowering his voice, he claimed to have seen photographic evidence of this disgusting ritual.
My co-author Isabel Oakeshott and I initially assumed this was a joke. It was therefore a surprise when, some weeks later, the MP repeated the allegation.
Some months later, he repeated it a third time, providing a little more detail. The pig’s head, he claimed, had been resting on the lap of a Piers Gaveston society member while Cameron performed the act.
The MP also gave us the dimensions of the alleged photograph, and provided the name of the individual who he claims has it in his keeping.
The owner, however, has failed to respond to our approaches. Perhaps it is a case of mistaken identity. Yet it is an elaborate story for an otherwise credible figure to invent.
Furthermore, there are a number of accounts of pigs’ heads at debauched parties in Cameron’s day.
The late Count Gottfried von Bismarck, an Oxford contemporary of Cameron’s, reportedly threw dinner parties featuring the heads of pigs. (He later became notorious after Olivia Channon, daughter of a Tory minister, died of a heroin overdose in his Christ Church bedroom.)
The book features testimonies from Mr Cameron’s university colleagues, including Breitbart London‘s James Delingpole, who claimed that Mr Cameron’s notorious Bullingdon Club was “about mindless destruction, and conspicuous excess and the rather ugly side of upper-class life.”
One Tory source said: “What it basically involved was getting drunk and standing on restaurant tables, shouting about “f***ing plebs”,’ he says. ‘It was all about despising poor people.”
Downing Street has not responded to queries about the claims.
The Piers Gaveston society is named after the 1st Earl of Cornwall, believed by some to be the gay lover of King Edward II. The club is known for wild parties involving champagne, caviar, and public sex. Other members include actor Hugh Grant, publisher Ian Hislop, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and financier Nat Rothschild.