Dominic Cummings

More Dominic Cummings discussion

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Gavin Longmuir has taken the trouble to write a lengthy comment on my last post about Dom Cummings, so I thought I’d bring the discussion into a new post to give it some more visibility: It is very easy for enthusiasts to over-estimate how strongly others feel about certain things. Personally I’m not an enthusiast […]

Politicians

Boris and the shaky turf beneath him

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Rob Wilson understands that Boris is standing on shaky turf, but gets things back-to-front: Boris Johnson may be king of the castle now, but one false move could spark rebellion He actually thinks the wets may launch a coup: In the past few weeks there have already been “noises off” from Huw Merriman and Damian […]

Government

If only comrade Stalin knew

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The Telegraph pleads: Boris and Javid must kill these ridiculous, unconservative tax plans   It is starting to feel as if Treasury mandarins have forgotten who won the election. They have been busy in the past few weeks dusting off every absurd anti-Tory and anti-supply side idea cooked up by Left‑wing think tanks and technocrats […]

Government

Loose change for trains

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There was a lot of excitement on Friday over the news that the Conservatives say they’re going to reverse Dr Beeching’s railway closures: Boris Johnson will reinstate local railway lines axed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960s as part of a package of measures to rejuvenate provincial towns. Some said it was a great […]

2019 general election

Boris jumped on the seesaw

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Earlier this  year I wrote that the Tories were coming close to the flipping (or tripping) point, the point at which their voters switch on masse to another party once they realise that that other party is the main chance. I think the Tories came perilously close to that point, and I think that had […]

Politicians

The forever apology

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There’s always a fake storm over every little thing a Conservative says, cooked up by the media, that doesn’t exist in reality, or at least, not outside the inner suburbs of London: Strangely, there is no “uproar”, Laura, out here in the country. Stop manufacturing ersatz outrage and pretending its news. https://t.co/9wDQ44uRyW — Allison Pearson […]

Brexit

Parris advocated crushing himself

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This is hilarious. An article from Matthew Parris from three and a half years ago has surfaced in which he says that whichever side of the Conservative Party wins the referendum must purge the other side! This applies even if the Leavers win: The Peter Bones, the Liam Foxes, the Chris Graylings, the Priti Patels, […]

Politicians

Rory is the new Boris

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Rory Stewart self-promotes again with another easy interview: Stewart does not conceal his distaste for Johnson. ‘He’s not my type of person,’ he says. ‘We’re complete chalk and cheese…I’m suspicious of the whole show. I instinctively don’t like the evasions, the equivocations, the jokes, the punchiness, the lack  of earnestness.’ In fact, once you take […]

Brexit

TiVo politics

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TiVo, or Sky+ in the UK, allows you to bypass the crap that TV channels mostly offer up, and create your own channel. It must be twenty years since anyone sat down and watched the same channel all night. (Personally, I never did that, but I remember that plenty of people used to.) Everyone now […]