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It’s time we had a Secretary of State for Employment again & a law making it a sackable offence to unreasonably refuse to be vaccinated

  • 23 Jan 2021

You may not believe this, but every week I really do try and find  something pleasant  to write about Boris Johnson. Some little piece of empathy he has shown. Some evidence that he has read more than the executive summary of a brief. Some glimmer of leadership. To be fair he ...

Who will be the British Qanon Shaman?

  • 10 Jan 2021

Most of us in Britain looked on in horror and disbelief at the news footage of the storming and desecration of the Capitol building with Representatives and Senators cowering in fear amongst the swirling mists of cordite and tear gas. And most of us were not at all surprised a...

The Union has never been in greater peril. Hopefully Johnson has a strategy to save it.

  • 29 Dec 2020

Congratulations to David Frost on leading his team of negotiators in an historic diplomatic operation which will give him a well deserved foot note in history. And there is a lesson in government for Boris Johnson too. If you test a policy to destruction before making a decisi...

The Bullingdonian chant of ‘form a square around the Pritster’ sends out a sinister message to those whose lives are being wrecked by bullying

  • 21 Nov 2020

It is instructive to read the foreword to the ministerial code. “To fulfil this mission and win back the trust of the British people we must now uphold the very highest standards of propriety, and this code sets it out. Now we must do it. There must be no bullying and no...

It’s time to call for a grown up to restore credibility and competence. Make Brandon Lewis deputy Prime Minister

  • 14 Nov 2020

I don’t often give Boris Johnson any credit, but today I doff my cap. Not because he sacked Cain and Cummings, but because of the reason. The  full frontal, kick in the bollocks, the cardboard box walk of shame normally reserved for the office sex pest or a sticky finger in th...

Who will be the Modern day Leo Amery? It is inevitable that Boris will go. But when?

  • 1 Nov 2020

In 1940, in what has become known as the Norway debate, Tory Grandee Leo Amery rose to his feet and delivered a withering speech which ended with a quote from Oliver Cromwell. ‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart I say and let us have done wi...

The Trump illness could plunge America into a constitutional crisis

  • 2 Oct 2020

I am not going to write about the political implications of  Trump’s illness although they are enormous and looming. I will be concentrating on the legal and constitutional chaos that could paralyse the country. And cheer the enemies of democracy.   Let me try and work t...

Priti Patel’s encouragement of curtain twitchers to snitch on their neighbours is neither British nor Conservative. There will be trouble.

  • 20 Sep 2020

What strange times we live in. If the Prime Minister decides to hang up his fright wig for a money making wheeze on the lecture circuit, Fleet Street scribbling, snorterinos de luxe and chasing top Tory totty, it won’t be because he has been the most disastrous Conservative le...

Is there no friend he cannot betray no promise he cannot break. Beware Tories this Cuckoo Johnson will Chuck you out of the nest.

  • 8 Sep 2020

Is there no friend he cannot betray? Is there no promise he cannot break? Is there no lie he cannot utter? Is there no institution he has no contempt for? Is there no law that he has respect for?   The poison of Boris Johnson has no boundaries. He is the incarnation of e...

Trust in the common sense of Dr Hilary on masks and market forces on working from home.

  • 29 Aug 2020

I really do not understand why certain issues have become so polarised. Take the row about wearing face coverings. To Des Swain, whom I rather like, it is a ‘monstrous intrusion’. To others it is a gross infringement of their freedoms. To me, in certain circumstances, it is a ...