Top 50 Liberal Democrats 2008

  • 17 Sep 2008

The words ‘influence’ and ‘power’ don’t sit comfortably with the notion of the Liberal Democrats, yet from time to time, the party and its senior politicians make a real impact on the body politic. If I had compiled this list three years ago, Nick Clegg would not have been on ...

On the Game with Ann Widdecombe

  • 17 Sep 2008

From the show with Ann Widdecombe in Chelmsford last night...   ID: So when ITV ask you to do these programmes, how do you judge whether to do them? AW: Well, when they asked me to do prostitution, I readily agreed... [cue audience collapsing with laughter] It real...

I Like Driving in My Car

  • 4 Sep 2008

Yesterday I took delivery of my new car, which I have been waiting nearly a year for. Boy was it worth the wait. I make no apology for loving cars. And I absolutely adore this one. If you could drive a multiple orgasm, you'd be steering an Audi S5. Perhaps driving it on its fi...

Theatre Review: Tory Boyz

  • 18 Aug 2008

Two nights in a row at the theatre. There must be something in the water. Tonight I went to the opening night performance of TORY BOYZ, which is starting a four week run at the Soho Theatre. I wanted to be able to write a glowing review, I really did. But I'd be telling an ...

Theatre Review: An Evening With Don Black

  • 17 Aug 2008

A few weeks ago my partner suggested we get tickets for a concert at the Palladium, organised by Radio 2. My heart sank. It was a Tribute to Don Black to mark his seventieth birthday. Who's Don Black, I said. I got a contemptuous look, which in itself is nothing unusual :). ...

The Any Questions Experience (1)

  • 16 Aug 2008

I must admit I don't normally get nervous before appearing on radio or TV, but yesterday was different. There's enormous potential to make a complete dick of yourself on ANY QUESTIONS, and the thought of the four hour drive home afterwards thinking I had done really badly nagg...

The Perils of Predictions

  • 12 Aug 2008

Five years ago, in the autumn of 2003, I wrote a magazine article predicting who would be at the top of politics ten years hence, in 2013. Reading through it now, I rather wish I hadn't! While some of predictions have indeed come true, Mystic Meg I clearly ain't! I helpfully c...

A Supermarket Tale of Two Norfolk MPs

  • 26 Jul 2008

Norwich North Labour MP Ian Gibson was on the Today Programme this morning bemoaning the fact that he now gets shouted at in supermarkets by angry constituents and it's all Gordon Brown's fault. Later on this morning, Mid Norfolk Tory MP Keith Simpson was dragooned into sho...

A Landmark Day for Northern Ireland Politics

  • 25 Jul 2008

I remember bitter debates at Conservative Conference sin the 1990s when Northern Ireland Conservatives were effectively banned from organising in the province. Lawrence Kennedy put some powerful arguments forward and eventually persauded the party to relent. Although electoral...

Film Review: Thank You for the Movie

  • 25 Jul 2008

Yesterday was my partner's birthday, so as a special treat (!), we went to see Mamma Mia (the movie) at the Leicester Square Odeon with a couple of friends. To be honest, having enjoyed the stage version so much, I wasn't expecting much, but I was so wrong. I won't bore you wi...