There’s no polite way to put this: The biggest story in the U.K. right now is an allegation that prime minister David Cameron put a “private part of his anatomy” in a dead pig’s mouth during an inititian ritual when he was an Oxford student.
The claim is made in a new book—Call Me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography—written by Michael Ashcroft, a businessman and former Conservative member of the House of Lords, with political journalist Isabel Oakeshott. Cameron is also a member of the Conservative party, and Ashcroft has said he fell out with Cameron after the latter failed to offer him a top job after his triumph in 2010 elections. From a Daily Mail excerpt of Call Me Dave:
Cameron … 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 man who made the allegation, Ashcroft and Oakeshott write, is a member of Parliament. They add that “there are a number of accounts of [other] pigs’ heads at debauched parties in Cameron’s day.”
Many observers have noted the thematic similarity between Ashcroft’s allegation and an episode of the popular British sci-fi TV show Black Mirror in which a prime minister is blackmailed into (spoiler alert) having sex with a pig on live television. The show’s creator, Charlie Brooker, says he had no knowledge of any rumors involving Cameron and pigs when he wrote the episode.