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Remembrance Day: The Fascinating Reason Why World War One Ended At 11am

  • 11 Nov 2018

On my way to pick up the Sunday papers I switched on the car radio to listen to Nigel Farage talking about the World War 1 Armistice. He was interviewing a descendant of Admiral Sir Rossalyn Wemyss, who was the senior British representative at the signing of the armistice 100 ...

The Tale of Clifford Norden - My Great Uncle Who Was Killed 12 Days Before The End of WW1

  • 4 Nov 2018

October 31st was the hundreth anniversary of the death of my Great Uncle, Clifford Norden. I say, death, but what I really mean is it’s the 100th anniversary of the day he was killed in the First World War, only twelve days before the Armistice. I often wonder what might ha...

A Tribute to Audrey Barker 1927-2018

  • 4 Nov 2018

I had some sad news when I woke up this morning. A good friend of mine, Audrey Barker, had died at the age of 91. I first met Audrey in 1985 when she became Conservative Party Agent in Norwich North. At the time, I had just left university and was working for the local MP, Pa...

A Short Term Idea to Help Mitigate the Housing Crisis

  • 3 Nov 2018

On Cross Question this week, one of the panel came up with what I thought was a very interesting idea in response to the difficulties young people are finding in getting on the housing ladder. Lance Forman is MD of H Forman & Sons, a high end smoked salmon supplier base...

Alison Saunders - Good Riddance To The Worst DPP in Living Memory

  • 3 Nov 2018

When I was at Biteback I published four books by people who had been victims of withchunts in the field of child sex abuse allegations by the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service - Paul Gambaccini, Harvey Proctor, Simon Warr and Jeremy Clifford. Today the Daily Mail reveal...

The Loan Charge Scandal: Why The Treasury Must Embark on a U-turn

  • 2 Nov 2018

This article first appeared in this week’s edition of The Spectator You probably haven’t heard of the Loan Charge. I hadn’t until a couple of months ago when I told listeners of my LBC radio show that I would soon be interviewing Mel Stride, the Financial Secretary to the Tre...

Honourable Ladies: I'm Looking For Some Women Writers...

  • 1 Nov 2018

As you may know, in September Jacqui Smith and I published the first volume of HONOURABLE LADIES, a collection of 168 biographical essays of female MPs elected between 1918 and 1996. Jacqui and I are now commissioning essays for Volume 2, featuring all women MPs elected betwe...

Why Tracey Crouch Must Not Resign & Why Philip Hammond Is Wrong on FOBTs

  • 1 Nov 2018

UPDATE 5.30pm: Tracey has now resigned from the government, so that makes this article a bit redundant now! Just when you think this government can’t get any more incompetent, they prove to you that they can. And no, I’m not talking about Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes’s...

When it Comes to Injunctons, Sunlight is the Best Form of Disinfectant

  • 25 Oct 2018

The rumour mills have been busy over the last two days, ever since the Telegraph were forced by an injunction to abandon printing their story alleging sexual harassment, racist remarks and bullying against a prominent businessman. Instead they printed the allegations on their ...

Are You or Have You Ever Been a Bisexual?

  • 23 Oct 2018

Inside the mind of every bisexual is a gay man struggling to get out. At least, that’s the view of many. It’s a widely held view that bisexuals are people who either want the best of both worlds, or, who are still too scared to embrace their inner gayness because they are on h...