‘I’ve been in the Cabinet, I’m an award-winning broadcaster, I’m a QC – you smart-a**** little git’: David Mellor’s incredible f-word rant at taxi driver
- David Mellor, 65, caught having foul-mouthed rant at London taxi driver
- Used number of expletives during row over quickest route to east London
- Former Tory MP called a ‘snob’ today after recording of outburst emerged
- Mellor had left Buckingham Palace after his partner received her CBE
- Broadcaster clashed with driver over route, calling him a ‘sarky smart-a***’
- Mellor then told him repeatedly to ‘shut the f*** up’ and to ‘get an education’
- Former minister ‘regrets’ the outburst but says taxi driver ‘provoked’ him
- Union calls on all black cab drivers in London to refuse to pick up Mellor
Former minister David Mellor was called a ‘snob’ today after he launched a foul-mouthed rant at a taxi driver over the quickest route home, calling him a ‘smart-a**** little git’ and a ‘sweaty, stupid little s***’.
The millionaire Tory then reeled off his lifetime achievements before telling the man: ‘You think your experiences are anything compared to mine?’
Mr Mellor, who was forced to abandon his ministerial career after an affair in 1992, was secretly recorded berating the cab driver after a visit to Buckingham Palace with his partner Lady Cobham, who had just been awarded a CBE.
The 65-year-old barrister and radio presenter could be heard asking the taxi driver: ‘Who are you to question me?’ before yelling: ‘I don’t want to hear from you, shut the f*** up. Smart-a**** little b******.’
He also told the taxi driver he abused to ‘get an education’ and the incident has led to calls by union leaders demanding London’s black cab drivers refuse to pick up Mr Mellor.
Tirade: Former Cabinet minister David Mellor, 65, was caught having a foul-mouthed rant at the taxi driver after he left Buckingham Palace following his partner Lady Cobham being awarded a CBE (together above)
Fall out: Mr Mellor lost his temper because he believed the taxi driver was taking the wrong route home to St Katharine Docks near Tower Bridge from Buckingham Palace
During the rant, he also reeled off his lifetime achievements and awards.
REVEALED: HOW MELLOR BLEW HIS TOP IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC
TAXI DRIVER: Listen, you got in here and then you start telling me which way to go.
DAVID MELLOR: You’ve been driving a cab for ten years, I’ve been in the Cabinet, I’m an award-winning broadcaster, I’m a Queen’s Counsel. You think that your experiences are anything compared to mine?
TAXI DRIVER: To be honest with you, Mr Mellor.
DAVID MELLOR: If you think you’re going to be sarky with me, get a better education. So if you’re not going to say you’re sorry, shut the f*** up.
TAXI DRIVER: OK … right again?
DAVID MELLOR: YOU f****** ruined her day. Do you get any of this, my little friend? Or do you need me to tell you tomorrow, on the radio, what a sweaty, stupid little s*** you are?
He said: ‘I’ve been in the Cabinet, I’m an award-winning broadcaster, I’m a Queen’s Counsel — you think that your experiences are anything compared to mine?’
Mellor, who was branded a ‘snob’ today, also told the taxi driver he had ‘ruined’ his ‘wife’s’ day – although he is not married to Lady Cobham.
Today the taxi driver, who wished to remain anonymous but is from south-east London, said he had never ‘been on the receiving end of something like it’ before.
He told The Sun: ‘Mr Mellor made me feel like I am something he’d found on the bottom of his shoe. He spoke down to me like I am a second-class citizen.
‘He said: ‘If you want to be sarcastic with me, then go away and get an education before you talk to me like that’.’
The incident occurred after Mr Mellor left Buckingham Palace with his partner, Lady Penelope Cobham – chairman of VisitEngland – after she had just received a CBE for her services to tourism.
Mr Mellor told the paper the driver, who is not named but is described as a 38-year-old from south east London, had provoked him.
‘This man seriously provoked me and ruined a wonderful day,’ he said.
‘Once I had lost my temper, which I regret, he then secretly recorded me.
‘I will leave the public to judge his actions.’
Mgic moment: Penelope, Viscountess Cobham is given her CBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace but her partner David Mellor said her day was ruined after that by the taxi driver
Admission: Mr Mellor has said he regrets losing his temper but maintained the taxi driver provoked him. His career as a minister was ended by scandal including an affair, reported in the Mail in 1992
Backlash: The leaked row has led to Mr Mellor being widely condemned on Twitter
The incident came days after a Labour frontbencher was sacked for apparently sneering at a white van driver whose modest home is decked with England flags.
DAVID MELLOR WAS ONE OF SEVERAL OF JOHN MAJOR’S MPS TO HAVE AN AFFAIR (INCLUDING MAJOR HIMSELF)
In 1992 David Mellor was the first in a long line of Tory politicians to fall victim to weaknesses of the flesh under John Major’s premiership. Major himself had already secretly pursued an extra-marital liaison with fellow Minister Edwina Currie.
As the story emerged, the then 43-year-old Mellor became known to an amused public as the ‘Minister for Fun’ – his official title was actually Secretary of State for National Heritage.
Meanwhile, his mistress Antonia de Sancha’s photograph was plastered over the front pages of newspapers and displayed on prime-time TV.
The daughter of a Spanish film producer and Swedish mother, middle-class Antonia, was dubbed a ‘soft-porn actress’ after it was revealed she had, in her 20s, played a one-legged prostitute in a film called The Pieman in which she had simulated sex with a pizza delivery man.
Speaking last year in depth for the first time about the notorious affair, she confessed she was ‘heartbroken and in shock’ when it ended.
Mellor quickly claimed to be patching up his ‘troubled’ marriage to his long-suffering then wife, Judith, stopped taking Antonia’s calls and gave her the brush-off, she said.
‘He never spoke to me again from the moment the affair became public. What was worse, he made it clear that he thought I was to blame for the fact the story leaked — in fact, it was someone I knew but was not close to.
‘Now I realise that he was desperate to save his political career, although it was terrible for me at the time. I was dealing with the end of a real love affair and it took me months, if not years, to recover from it.’
Mellor subsequently divorced his wife and quit his Cabinet job after it was revealed he had accepted a free holiday from the daughter of a Palestinian Liberation Organisation official.
Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, tweeted a picture of cage-fighter Daniel Ware’s home while campaigning in Rochester and told MailOnline: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’.
Mr Mellor had asked the driver to be taken to St Katharine Docks in east London, which is a five-mile journey of around 40 minutes during rush hour.
However, after just five minutes in the car at about 5.50pm on Friday, Mr Mellor allegedly started accusing the driver of not taking the quickest route.
After swearing at him repeatedly he then said he would name and shame him during his Saturday morning radio show on LBC, which he presents with Ken Livingstone.
Mellor said his show was a favourite of London cabbies and claimed other taxi drivers would be furious at the bad publicity.
He also said he would start using controversial app Uber because of the journey – which sparked a go-slow protest by black cab drivers in September.
Drivers want taxi licensing laws to be enforced and claim the taxi service app is taking a large percentage of the market while unburdened by the regulatory costs black cabs are subject to.
LBC refused to comment on Mr Mellor’s outburst.
Mr Mellor became a radio broadcaster after losing his seat in the House of Commons in 1997.
He resigned as heritage minister in 1992 and blamed his departure on a constant barrage of stories in the media.
He was in the ‘last chance saloon’ after his affair with mistress Antonia de Sancha, who sold her story to the News of the World and said Mr Mellor had sex with her while she wore a Chelsea strip.
But Prime Minister John Major continued to support him until it emerged that Mona Bauwens, the daughter of a senior member of the Palestine National Fund, had paid towards Mellor’s holiday to Marbella in Spain. He then quit in September 1992.
In response to the new taxi recording journalist Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘This tape is outrageous. David Mellor, you’re a loathsome snob. I hope London’s black cab drivers now boycott David Mellor. Looks like he could do with a few walks anyway.
Mick Cash, general secretary of transport union the RMT, said: ‘Driving a taxi in London is hard enough without having some pumped-up, pompous former Tory minister telling you how to do your job.
‘If you want an example of the political elite’s sheer contempt for the working class then this incident has it in shed-loads.’
Big day: The former MP was with his partner at the Palace, left, and was heading home to a luxury development at St Katharine’s Docks on the edge of the City of London
Big fan: David Mellor is a well known as a huge Chelsea fan, pictured in the director’s box with former chairman Ken Bates, far left
MELLOR’S MELTDOWNS: HOW FORMER TORY MINISTER HAS FLOWN INTO RAGE WITH CHEFS AND BORDER GUARDS
David Mellor’s outburst in a London black cab is not the first time he has been claimed to have ranted in public.
On one occasion he told a terrified chef he should ‘do his £10-an-hour job somewhere else’ during a foul-mouthed outburst at staff of a restaurant near his home, it is claimed.
The former Secretary of State for National Heritage is said to have launched the rant – during which he called the chef a ‘fat b******’ – at workers in the establishment just a stone’s throw from his plush riverside home.
Mr Mellor, who was known as the Minister for Fun and was famously caught cavorting with mistress Antonia de Sancha in 1992, right, lives in a 19thcentury listed building in exclusive St Katharine’s Dock, London, with partner Penelope, Viscountess Cobham.
The garden of the property, just a short distance from Tower Bridge, is overlooked by a balcony which forms part of the River Lounge Italian restaurant.
Mr Mellor applied for the venue’s licence to be reviewed and it ended up in court in 2010.
District Judge Dawson said he had ‘the gist’ of what was said on the tape, but that it was ‘not relevant to the proceedings’.
But after the hearing, at which a compromise was reached between the two parties allowing the venue to keep its licence, a court insider, said: ‘It was very offensive to the people in question – a chef and a waitress – and is dynamite stuff.
‘It’s a shame the court couldn’t hear it – it really made Mr Mellor out to be a tyrant.
‘He called the chef a fat b****** and told him to get a proper job, telling him to ‘go and work somewhere else for £10 an hour’.’
In the same year he and his quango-queen partner Viscountess Cobham, fell foul of the UK Border Agency, as two uniformed officers — with a third looking on — decided to grill Mellor about the contents of his wallet.
The politician turned broadcaster, music critic and business adviser was stopped by the officers at London’s City Airport last week as he attempted to board a flight to Nice in the South of France.
He was asked if he was carrying £1,000 or more in cash.
Mellor told the Mail: ‘I replied: ‘I am not, but what if I was?’ I was then curtly informed that under the terms of the Proceeds of Crime Act — one of the hundreds of criminal justice Bills brought in by the last Labour government — they were entitled to enquire about the source of the cash.’
The former MP is furious about the request. ‘Why should some uniformed jobsworth be entitled to demand to know where I got my money from?’ he says. ‘They are making law-abiding citizens prima facie crime suspects. Yet I imagine families routinely take £1,000 away with them on a two or three-week holiday, in case their credit cards are not accepted for some reason.
‘It is just another opportunity to interfere in the liberties of ordinary people, another step on the road to becoming a police state. It is a daft, intrusive, needle-in-a-haystack operation, and nothing to do with controlling serious crime.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2848448/I-ve-Cabinet-m-award-winning-broadcaster-m-QC-smart-little-git-David-Mellor-s-incredible-f-word-rant-taxi-driver.html#ixzz3K6qfPV4T
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook