Media

Those televised Tory leadership debates

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Why on Earth does the Conservative Party allow hostile, left-wing TV channels like Channel 4 and the BBC to be in charge of running their leadership debates? It’s their party, they should set up their own debates and tell the TV channels they’re free to broadcast them if they wish. Or even just bypass the […]

Politicians

Quote of the Day

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Martin, an empathetic, touchy-feely defender of Rory Stewart reaches out in the comments to heal the divide: “You won’t like Rory when he’s angry. Actually, you won’t like him when he’s not angry either, as he’s a prancing ninny.” What a pathetic caption , fuck off Social media

Politicians

Rory Stewart is just the latest in a long line of quasi-religious Tartuffe figures

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There’s a certain influential section of the middle class that longs for spiritual authority figures to take control of our messy lives and ‘heal’ us all. But as traditional religion has waned in recent decades, politicians are more than ever filling that space. Barack Obama was the most obvious such figure of recent years, with […]

Boris Johnson

Cabinet clearout

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Disappointing rumour from the Telegraph: As many as one third of Theresa May’s top team could be replaced by a new cadre of rising star politicians being lined up to sit in a Boris Johnson Cabinet. A third is the number that should be kicked out of the party, not just out of cabinet. The […]

Politicians

Club World

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The Conservatives’ current head-in-the-sand mentality reminds me a lot of what happens sometimes when people are in a club, and the club becomes so big and important in their lives that everything is measured against it, and success means doing well in the club. If you become president of the club, for example, then you […]

Politicians

Pushing the envelope

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1922 executive committee is considering changing the rules again: Tory chiefs are considering changing party rules to prevent so many candidates standing in the race to succeed Theresa May …   The Conservative party board – its governing body – and the 1922 executive committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss raising the number of […]

Brexit

LibDem mania?

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The LibDems, until recently as useless as ever, will be getting all excited about this poll: Westminster voting intention: LDem: 24% (+6)Brex: 22% (+4)Con: 19% (-5)Lab: 19% (-5)Grn: 8% (+2) via @YouGovChgs. w/ 17 May — Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 30, 2019 They may be thinking that they can replace Labour as the prime left-of-centre […]

Humour

Rory Stewart emergency

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Rory Stewart is in my front room asking me questions in Arabic, and he won’t leave. Please send help. The children are terrified of him. Update: One thing I’ve discovered from our little chat is that Rory’s full name is Roderick James Nugent Stewart. That means that really we should be calling him Rod Stewart. […]

Brexit

New PM, same betrayal

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As Theresa May escapes from the Downing St roof in a helicopter, I look forward to the new Tory leadership team betraying Brexit in their own way. They’ll have learned from May’s mistakes, and I expect they’ll do a much better job of disguising a steaming pile of crap and getting it past their MPs. […]