A prominent Conservative politician and close friend of Winston Churchill set up a bogus “summer school” in Scotland where he posed as a 16-year-old schoolboy and hired other teenagers to cane him, according to a new memoir.

Brendan Bracken, Churchill’s wartime minister of information and one of Britain’s most successful newspaper publishers, was 54 in the mid-1950s when he embarked on a secret double life as a schoolboy named “Mike” who was said to suffer from a premature aging condition.

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