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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 ...

Margaret Thatcher understood politics, people and backbenchers in a way that Johnson could only dream of. His problem is that he doesn’t

  • 24 Aug 2020

It is hard to believe that the general election was only a few months ago. It feels that we are witnessing the slow decay of an era. The gradual decline and fall of an empire riddled with venality, incompetence, cronyism and a whiff of corruption. A government that is limping ...

Who is mad enough to be the PM’s public face? Hasn’t he got one of his own? There lies the problem.

  • 30 Jul 2020

So at last Number 10 has made up its mind and decided that they need White House televised press conferences to replace the behind closed doors lobby system. In theory it’s a very good idea to have a CJ Creeg figure wise cracking with the reptiles bringing transparency and the...

Starmer is a clear and present danger to Johnson. He is detoxifying the brand by being the brand. And Johnson with Corbyn are the gifts that keep on giving.

  • 22 Jul 2020

One of the most cheering things about lockdown is that I have had the opportunity to watch PMQs. The chemistry and body language between Johnson and Starmer is instructive and couldn’t be more different. Johnson is bluster, prepared one liners, failure to answer any questions,...

The appointment of David Frost is not a disaster, just an embarrassment. There will be a time when Cummings will be obscene but not heard

  • 30 Jun 2020

Oh dear, Dom has the alchemist’s gift of turning hard rain into The acid variety. The replacement of Mark Sedwell as National Security Advisor by David Frost is not a disaster, but an embarrassment. The intervention by Theresa May today was devastating. And will rattle number ...

I will take no part in any plan to curtail jury trials. It is wrong, unfair and discriminatory. It should be strangled at birth.

  • 25 Jun 2020

I trust Robert Buckland when he says that he would only consider curtailing jury trials as a ‘last resort’ and a ‘temporary measure’ to clear the backlog of trials. But abandoning jury trials in favour of a single judge or a judge sitting with two lay magistrates shouldn’t be ...

A master wordsmith even if they are written in vitriol

  • 11 Jun 2020

I would like to think that John Bercow is his own worst enemy, but I am afraid that this book puts him well to the back of that lengthening queue. Unspeakable is by far the most honest political autobiography I have ever read. Too honest. It fizzes with malice and spits venom ...