What with being the first contestant to be voted out of the Big Brother house, not to mention facing ongoing calls to be burned at the stake by the Daily Mail, it's proved a fraught few days for Speaker's wife Sally Bercow. So, amid these troubled times, what could be more welcome than the sight of her very own knight in shining armour triumphantly emerging over the horizon with the express intention of putting Sally's numerous enemies to the sword? "Pray, who could this valiant warrior be?" I hear you ask. "Why, I think it's our favourite Estonian and glamour model-botherer Lembit 'Lancelot' Opik!" Oh! comes the admittedly deflated reply. Still, it's a bank holiday and Hugh Grant didn't have the decency to return my (numerous) calls. "There's a difference between having depth and being a celebrity," declares Lembit, himself a reality television reject of note. "Sally has something to say. I supported her decision to go on the programme. My advice to Sally would now be to pursue any libel actions." Her weary other Senor Bercow would be wise to keep the impressionable Sally away from this man's mysterious charms.
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Wednesday 06 October 2010
There is a meeting on the fringe of the conference this morning which is fated to be sparsely attended, and not just because it is at 8am. It will be gathering of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting. Yes, that word is "against".
Sunday 03 October 2010
Tuesday 14 September 2010
For politically-minded graduates struggling to find their first job, a stint working for an MP has often served as a popular, if unprofitable, way to top up their CVs.
Tuesday 07 September 2010
Labour is drawing up plans to sabotage the Bill proposing a referendum on the voting system during its passage through the House of Lords.
Thursday 05 August 2010
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Opponents of the referendum on electoral reform continue to clutch at straws. As Parliament broke up for the summer recess yesterday, 44 Conservative MPs signed a motion arguing that the referendum should not be held on the same day as elections next May in Scotland, Wales and in parts of England. The dissenters claim the combination could distort the result of the poll on the Alternative Vote.
Sunday 25 July 2010
This newspaper was clear what it wanted at the general election. We thought that Gordon Brown had got the central economic judgements right. We thought that there was a progressive consensus between Labour and the Liberal Democrats, not just on the economy but on many social issues and on voting reform. So we advocated tactical voting for whichever party was best placed to keep the number of Conservative seats down.
Saturday 24 July 2010
David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, has described the partnership between David Cameron and Nick Clegg as the "Brokeback coalition", it was reported last night.
Friday 16 July 2010
The Government faces a second Tory backbench revolt over plans to change the rules to delay a general election if the Liberal-Conservative coalition collapses.
Wednesday 07 July 2010
The clue was in the personnel – the judge and the members of the torture inquiry team. None are temperamentally inclined to cause trouble; all would be sympathetic to the idea that security officers do a dangerous, self-sacrificing job. In the House, only Mark Durkan declined to join in "the canonisation of the security services". David Winnick sang a line to that. But Cameron is master and commander of the security services and he is therefore in their power.
Tuesday 06 July 2010
Saturday 03 July 2010
David Cameron and Nick Clegg were hit by a rebellion yesterday over their plan to hold a referendum on the voting system next May on the same day as elections to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh assembly and English councils.
Tuesday 01 June 2010
A quarter of landlords claim they are considering quitting the buy-to-let sector ahead of the new Government's planned hike in capital gains tax, research showed today.
Friday 28 May 2010
The unity of the coalition Government was under strain last night after David Cameron hinted at a compromise with his Tory critics over the adoption of Liberal Democrat tax-raising plans.
Friday 14 May 2010
A day after the love-in between David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the new coalition government came down to earth yesterday as Conservative MPs expressed doubts that the partnership would last.
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