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At the moment it’s all a matter of tryst. But for how long?

  • 26 Jun 2021

I am beginning to feel rather sorry for Matt Hancock. He has been vilified, humiliated, called ‘fucking useless’, by Johnson and a serial liar by Cummings. And now he has been caught in a clinch with an aide.  But, if in the unlikely event of him resigning, it will be because ...

The paranoid chaos of Number 10 is briefing against a new enemy; Rishi Sunak

  • 31 May 2021

In the weird, paranoid, toxic chaos that passes for a government another villain is emerging from the burning rubble of Number 10; Rishi Sunak. It’s crazy. But it is entirely predictable in Boris Johnson’s white knuckled ride on a political rollercoaster whose tracks are still...

Johnson must seize the moment and have his Night of the Long Knives

  • 9 May 2021

I do not begrudge Boris Johnson his moment in the sun. Those election results were remarkable for a whole range of reasons. In an alchemy way beyond my comprehension, this old Etonian with as much emotional intelligence as a tub of cold pot noodle who thinks that monogamy is s...

A leak is a long time in politics

  • 23 Apr 2021

My heart goes out to Boris Johnson who for the first time in his life is going to have to devote his time and energy to making the some of the most important decisions of his life. The most pressing is whether to change his mobile phone number which has served him so well over...

We are sleepwalking into tolerating intolerance. The racial Puritans are new McCarthyites

  • 2 Apr 2021

It is a sad reflection on our society that we have allowed ourselves to sleep walk into tolerating intolerance. It began through our innate sense of fairness, yet now our nocturnal perambulations have turned into a nightmare of fear. Not of offending others, but of being vilif...

‘Freedom is precious so must be rationed’. I’ve glimpsed the future and it smirks.

  • 16 Mar 2021

Sometimes I just despair. The latest Labour line on the Police Crime sentencing & Courts Bill is ‘defacing a statue 10 years. Rape 5 years’. Far from me to ruin an attack line, let me put the record straight. Defacing a statue will incur a maximum sentences of 10 years imp...

Piers Morgan is a good guy swimming in an ocean of shits

  • 10 Mar 2021

There will be whoops and cheers from the enemies of Piers Morgan and of free speech. But as Walpole said about the War of Jenkins Ear, a delightful piece of fake news, “now they are ringing the bells but soon they will be wringing their hands”. Well, it has started. This morni...

The Begum ruling is much more than a decision about whether a misguided woman who has trashed everything decent this country stands for. It sets a very dangerous precedent on the power of the executive

  • 28 Feb 2021

I do not practice in either constitutional or administrative law, although I did once lead for the complainant in a vain attempt to halt the 2005 general election because of postal ballot fraud. But I have been following the Begum case with interest, care, and now dismay.  ...

Mr Micawber and the court of Queen Carrie

  • 20 Feb 2021

The power dynamics at Number 10 are far more interesting and revealing than the sad mutterings of disgruntled cabinet ministers jockeying for survival. The reshuffle is now rumoured to be in June. But this is idle gossip compared to serious intelligence. The Johnson style of g...

Peter Mandelson has returned from the politically dead. Underestimate him at your peril

  • 14 Feb 2021

The real problem for Keir Starmer is that he has never had to be a kick in the groin, gouge out their eye balls and piss the sockets politician. He only entered the Commons in 2015 and found himself catapulted into the seventh circle of hell as a prominent member of Corbyn’s s...