Soon there will be no room at the Inns for the criminal Bar. They must be shamed into finding their moral compass

  • 18 Apr 2020

The publicly funded criminal Bar has weathered many storms. Fees regularly slashed since the days of Jack Straw. The threat of extinction by the Grayling wrecking ball. Filthy and unsafe courts that are not fit for purpose. And a minority of martinet judges demanding the impos...

‘The best way to find ourselves is to lose yourself in the service of others’. Ghandi

  • 12 Apr 2020

The real hero of this government is Isaac Levido, wisely drafted in to pummel the government back on message. Boris is at his best when not acting extempore. His autocued addresses to the nation were sharp and clear. But where Levido really has become a miracle worker is makin...

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...