GOOD EVENING, I'M FROM ESSEX IN CASE YOU COULDN'T TELL… TRAVELS OF AN EXILED ESSEX MAN AROUND THE THAMES DELTA AND THROUGH GOD'S OWN COUNTY
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Essex gets a GQ makeover from Andy Coulson
There's a big feature on Essex in the February issue of GQ. It's penned by Wickford-born Andy Coulson, former Cameron spin doctor, News of the World editor and latterly prisoner. Now he's done his time following the phone hacking scandal Andy has perhaps made it as an authentic Essex geezer. His piece looks at the Towie stereotypes and discusses the Tories in Essex, mentioning the large number of rising MPs such as Robert Halfon in Harlow, Priti Patel in Witham and Mark Francois in Rayleigh and Wickford (forget the poncy spelling says Andy). There's also a nice line on Ed Miliband's Labour Party trying to use a spoof Life on Mars poster saying "Don't let the Tories take us back to the 1970s". Coulson quips, "in Basildon they'd elect Gene Hunt as Mayor."