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Vice royale

I'm not really familiar with Vice. However my daughter, 19, is and her verdict is damning:

"It's written by a bunch of pathetic twenty somethings who hate anyone who doesn't agree with their uni politics.

"They pass their bitterness off as sarcastic humour. I much prefer Dazed and Confused if you're gonna read that stuff."

With that in mind I think we got off lightly when home affairs correspondent Simon Childs attended Forest's party at the Conservative conference in Birmingham this week.

Here's a taste of his review:

What the party was like: Actually really good. An upper-middle market bar packed to the gills with free booze, mini burgers, pocket ash-trays (a weird plastic wallet thing you can carry around) inscribed with the words, "Say no to outdoor smoking bans," and leaflets about how "A once benign nanny state has become a bully state, coercing rather than educating adults to give up tobacco."

Entertainment: It was advertised as "Eat. Drink. Smoke. Vape.", so like all good parties there were no frills beyond the amount of inebriants you could stuff in your body.

There were one or two comments that were less complimentary but compared to some of the other events Childs' reviewed (one was described as a "crap party" in a "drab, half empty hotel room where people pawed at tepid goujons") I'm not complaining.

You can read the full article here: We Did a Bar Crawl of the Tory Conference's Parties.

Above: Speakers at Eat, Drink, Smoke, Vape included LBC Radio presenter and publisher Iain Dale (left) and Paul Scully MP (right).

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