Andy McSmith's Diary: Wanted - someone indiscreet to dish dirt on Murdochs
Where’s Sally Bercow when you need her?” a journalist from Private Eye tweeted as social media went into rumour overdrive about why Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, are separating.
The BBC’s Robert Peston gave it rocket fuel when he tweeted: “Am also told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping – & hate myself for wanting to know what they are.”
The Speaker’s wife has taken herself off Twitter after a defamatory tweet landed her with a six-figure legal bill, but all morning Twitter-watchers were hoping someone else would “do a Sally Bercow” and reveal the secret behind what could be one of the most expensive divorce cases in history.
We still do not know what the jaw-dropping “undisclosed reasons” are, but The Hollywood Reporter has reported what they are not, by ringing up the office of Tony Blair, who knows both the Murdochs well. “If you are asking if [Deng and Blair] are having an affair, the answer is no,” a spokesperson replied, in what appears to have been a cross voice.
An old Tory leader-in-waiting scratches a new one’s back
“Is Michael Gove a potential future leader of the Conservatives?” Andrew Neil asked Michael Portillo on BBC’s This Week programme. “Of course,” Portillo replied. There was a time in the mid-1990s when an army of youngish Tories believed that Portillo was their future leader. None was more articulate than his young, admiring biographer – the Times journalist Michael Gove.
That rare bulldog breed, a former Tory MP from Scotland
A list of politicians’ nicknames was recently published in The House magazine. None of those named took offence, but typically – from a profession stuffed with people who hate not being noticed – the compiler, Jessica Bowie, has received a letter from someone she left off.
He is Sir Albert McQuarrie, who was a Scottish MP in the long-dead days when the Scots elected Tories. At the age of 95, he claims to be the fourth-oldest living ex-MP and the oldest ex-Conservative, and that his nickname was the “Buchan Bulldog”.
Trading with the enemy: Syrian conflict dents UK exports
An entry in Hansard gives some statistics relating to the Syrian conflict. They are a long way from being the most important facts about it, but it is illuminating to know that in 2009, UK exports to Syria were worth more than £147m. In 2012, they were down to £26.4m. Even that figure seems high.
- 1 Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 4 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 5 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- < Previous
- Next >
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, CCNA, Linux, OSPF,...
Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: A VERY HIGH QUALITY FIRM A high qual...
£50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: DevOps Engineer (Systems Administration, L...