If Collective Responsibility & Ministerial Discipline Aren't Restored This Government Is Finished

  • 17 Feb 2019

A few weeks ago it was reported that a senior Remain supporting Cabinet Minister had told journalists to expect 40 ministerial resignations if the Government didn't allow them to support Yvette Cooper's amendment ruling out a 'no deal' Brexit. In the event, there wasn't a sing...

Ten Questions to ask in the 2019 End of Year Pub Quiz

  • 17 Feb 2019

  I've looked into my crystal ball and come up with ten questions for the end of year pub quiz...   1. Which title did Theresa May take when she entered the House of Lords? 2. Why was the publication of David Cameron's memoirs postponed? 3. How much did the bailou...

What's Happening to BBC News & Current Affairs?

  • 16 Feb 2019

Let's go back to basics. What is the BBC for? What does 'public service broadcasting' actually mean? How does the BBC adapt to a world in which TV (not radio) audiences are on an apparently inexorable decline as young people consume their media via anything other than a TV scr...

EDP/EADT Article: Is it Time to Axe HS2 & Spend the Money on Local Rail Schemes?

  • 16 Feb 2019

Britain used to lead the world in visionary transport projects. Whatever happened to those halcyon days when someone invented something and within a few years it was built? I’ll tell you what happened. Our sclerotic planning system happened. It really is the roadblock to every...

25 of the Nicest MPs in the House of Commons

  • 15 Feb 2019

People don't usually put the words 'nice' and 'politician' in the same sentence. They should because many politicians are indeed very nice people. Just like in the wider population, there is a fair share of nasty ones too, but in my experience most politicians are much more no...

Twenty Things You'll Never Hear Politicians Say

  • 14 Feb 2019

Liam Fox A world without America would be a far better place.   Emily Thornberry I totally agree that Donald Trump has proved to be an excellent President.   Ann Widdecombe It's a bit overdone, that religion malarkey, isn't it?   Nadine Dorries Th...

Top Ten Nightmare Jobs in Politics

  • 13 Feb 2019

10. Being Jacob Rees-Mogg's nanny 9. Preparing Caroline Nokes for a Select Committee appearance 8. Being Diane Abbott's calculator 7. Being Boris Johnson's diary secretary 6. Being Tom Brake's charisma injector 5. Being John Prescott's speechwriter 4. Being Tim Farron's ...

My Ideal Dinner Party Guests

  • 12 Feb 2019

I was talking to someone the other day about the demise of the dinner party. And it set me thinking. If I held a dinner party for sixteen people in politics who I know, who would I invite to guarantee the sparkiest conversation? Anyway, this is the list I came up with... ...

From the Archives: My (Fake) Obituary of Barack Obama

  • 11 Feb 2019

Back in 2010 GQ Magazine did a feature of fake obituaries of famous people. I was asked to write one on Barack Obama. I chose to date it in 2030... Barack Obama, who died yesterday at the hands of a Russian assassin, was a consummate peacemaker. During his two term presiden...

Politico Column: In Which I Review 14 Brexit Podcasts

  • 11 Feb 2019

This column was written for Politico. We're told that people are bored of Brexit. So you might think there would not be much of market for Brexit-based podcasts. You’d be wrong. In fact, a burgeoning podcasting scene has grown up around analyzing and dissecting Britai...