Thursday, 28 June 2012
The pricking of officious narcissism
If you're a government minister as unknown and obscure as Hugh Robertson, the very last thing you should ask recalcitrant security guards barring your way is 'Don't you know who I am?' Robertson (who?) is facing ridicule this morning after his little spat with guards controlling entry to the Olympic media centre. He's not the first angry little narcissist to make himself a laughing stock; when Sebastian Coe was advised he wouldn't be admitted to Centre Court without his pass, and would have to sort any problems out at the main ticket office he exploded "Don't you know who I am? I'm Lord Coe" to which the unfazed security guard replied "Well, you'll be able to run round to the office and sort your ticket out all the quicker, then .."