Hilary Fustbenn was attending a private school in Western Plains when he first sensed that he was not like other teenagers. While many of the other students would discuss the jobs that they hoped to get when they left school, or worry about the future, Fustbenn shared none of their concerns. ‘I just knew that I was different’ he says: ‘I was a member of the aristocracy.’
Fustbenn says that explains the complete lack of attraction for ordinary people that he has always felt. ‘Everyone has certain people whose views they have no interest in at all’ says Fustbenn: ‘For me, members of the Labour Party fall into this category.’
Several years later, at 45, and by now a Labour MP, Fustbenn discovered a term to describe himself – disloyal.
Fustbenn freely admits that he has never done a real job in his life. As a fourth generation MP, Fustbenn naturally felt that the world owed him a living and that he could safely ignore the opinions of voters and [….continued on backbenches].