The steep-streeted town of Drogheda has offered many fine contributions to Irish culture, though perhaps none more so than an English language euphemism for the act of coitus that simultaneously manages to both horrify and amuse. It invariably involves one young male asking of another young male, in reference to a potential romantic tryst of the previous night or weekend, the following question: “Well, did you show her the pig?”
This phrase sprang to mind, albeit in somewhat reverse order, upon learning more of the apparently Bacchanalian misadventures of young David William Donald Cameron, future Tory leader and prime minister of the United Kingdom. From the HuffPo:
“An unauthorized biography of British Prime Minister David Cameron, titled Call Me Dave, being published in instalments on the Daily Mail website, has made a startling claim about Cameron’s initiation into a prestigious Oxford University drinking club, known as the Piers Gaveston Society. Cameron, the allegation goes, inserted “a private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig, which was itself resting in the lap of another Piers Gaveston member.
Authors Lord Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott attribute the lurid tale to an unidentified British member of parliament, who claimed — on multiple occasions — to have seen a photo of young Cameron… er, hamming it up.
The Independent notes Cameron did indeed attend Oxford from 1985 through 1988, and Piers Gaveston does have a reputation for “sexual excess” including a yearly summer ball, which the paper characterizes as “a well-organized orgy.””
While some have expressed scepticism over these most recent claims, going by previous revelations concerning the sexual and scatological obsessions of the British ruling classes, porcine fellatio seems the least of it.
As I said, the UK is going very 1970s.