Speeches in the House of Commons by the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg are an erudite comedy turn. As MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill (Lords), which writes into British law two draft regulations passed by the Council of the European Union, only he thought it necessary to read into the official record part of what one of the regulations actually said.
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Sunday 01 September 2013
Arguments around fracking and HS2 presuppose consumer need. But a tide against materialism would cause bigger shockwaves still
Wednesday 10 July 2013
As head of contracts and copyright at Central Independent Television, which became ITV's Midlands franchise holder in the 1980s, Rupert Dilnott-Cooper was given some of his biggest challenges by the producers of the satirical puppet series Spitting Image. His job was to protect Central from legal action, but he regarded the show as fun and always tried to find a way to ensure that its biting humour reached the screen.
Thursday 21 March 2013
There are twice as many names in the 'against us' column as in the 'for us' one
Sunday 30 September 2012
Where has this talent been hiding?
Monday 14 May 2012
Three Cabinet ministers said yesterday that people and businesses in Britain will have to "work harder" if the economy is to start growing again – comments Labour said would "infuriate" the public.
Monday 01 August 2011
Wednesday 06 July 2011
John Bercow is used to facing the flak as one of the most controversial speakers of the House of Commons in recent times. But he is about to embark on a journey which may give him an entirely new perspective on what that means.
Saturday 18 June 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
What was she doing with the apprentices – the nice-looking young blonde with the day-glo safety waistcoat and blue plastic bags over her work boots? The real apprentices were (rather touchingly) wearing suits and ties. She looked like a middle-class intern on a gap year. And her disguise was undermined by her manicure. Lovely pale pink nails. Buffed, probably. "She's there to give the impression there are more women involved in construction than there really are," one of the industry men said.
Friday 29 April 2011
Question: My fiancé and I have lived together for more than two years and plan to marry next year. Having moved into his house, I plan to sell my old flat which I've let out for nearly two years. I've had a decent £240,000 offer but am wary about paying a lot of capital gains tax. Can I avoid this?
Friday 29 April 2011
Sunday 27 March 2011
Friday 18 March 2011
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron bracketed David Cameron with BNP leader Nick Griffin today as he launched a broadside at the "reactionary and ridiculous" opponents of voting reform.
Friday 04 March 2011
Some opinion polls suggest Labour is now opening up a double digit lead. As the cuts bite the unpopularity will only get worse. The Tory grassroots will absorb these mid-term blues if they think David Cameron has a long-term plan for victory.
Wednesday 29 December 2010
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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