An easy to make Moussaka

  • 8 Apr 2020

Because politics and the news is so utterly depressing I have decided to cook a cheap and easy to make recipe each day which I will share with you. And to make it a little bit special I have asked my chum, Margaret Rand, the internationally feted wine writer to pair something ...

Raab has been accidentally been given the poisoned chalice. This is not the time for political manoeuvres. He may have no democratic mandate and little real power but he must achieve consensus. Big decisions have to be made to save lives.

  • 7 Apr 2020

All of us wish Boris a speedy recovery. All of us want to put party and personal politics on hold. But we must get real. Boris commands loyalty of his cabinet and MPs for one simple reason; if it wasn’t for him they wouldn’t be there. Its all very well to talk about cabinet go...

Sunak passes the taxi driver test but beware Speakeasy culture

  • 21 Mar 2020

If I see another smug, self satisfied, preening, gym going, bearded, tatted twat saying this virus wont change his life, I will scream. And if I hear another wrinkly old fart invoking ‘the blitz spirit.....we Brits always muddle through’,crap I will subject myself to playing a...

The nation demands cool clear facts not Vaudeville. Learn from the Falklands. A press conference everyday from the experts with the politicians in the background.

  • 15 Mar 2020

Perhaps Boris Johnson has realised that being Prime Minister is not such a jolly good wheeze after all. I really hope so. Because in the next few weeks a lot of people  are going to die before their time in horrible circumstances. And many, many businesses will go under leavin...

Priti Patel has become the Delores Umbridge of the Home Office whilst Cummings has become a ridiculous figure

  • 24 Feb 2020

A gothic gloom hovers menacingly over Whitehall as Baldemort (he who must be named after the  Friday briefing) gathers his death eaters to take control of the Ministry of Magic to restore true Brexit purity and destroy the mud bloodied Remainer Muggles. Hit lists are being dra...

The reshuffle has created new Disney villain, Suella de Ville whose mission is to collect the ermine pelts of the judiciary. She will be a spectacular failure. What fun!

  • 15 Feb 2020

Well, I won’t say I told you so. Sod it, I will. Johnson has tried to memorise a song from the Margaret Thatcher play book but ends up playing the wrong tune. Let me remind you of the history. Nigel Lawson was Chancellor, a brilliant economist and a canny strategist. He wanted...

These briefings against the Chancellor must stop. But who will intervene? Boris Johnson needs a Willy

  • 9 Feb 2020

I haven’t been doing much blogging of late because British politics appeared  so boring. The Brexit argument has been solved but not settled. The genial good humour of the new Speaker has civilised the Commons. The Labour leadership elections have been breathtakingly dull and ...

The Corona virus is probably the most dangerous threat to public health since Spanish flu in 1919. It could me the making or breaking of this administration.

  • 26 Jan 2020

One of the advantages of being round politics for a very long time is that you realise that very little is new. We are promised revolutions (which tend to scare the voters) and we end up with the same old same old, but with a little bit of star dust if we are lucky.  All gover...

The machinery of government is in dire need of reform. The geeks may have inherited the earth but is Cummings the Messiah or just a very naughty boy

  • 4 Jan 2020

I am no apologist for either Boris Johnson nor Dominic Cummings. Both lied to us in the 2016 referendum. However, those lies have been widely circulated and perhaps understood. But the people have spoken on three separate occasions for Brexit. The end. Whether we go to hell in...

Cabinet carnage is nigh. It will be like Titus Andronicus without the laughs

  • 2 Jan 2020

Way back in 1994 I remember introducing Tony Blair to a group of Tory activists in the Commons. He was in a bit of a hurry as he was running (well, more of a jog really) for the leadership. He paused for a moment and switched on the charm. I thought that two ladies of a certai...