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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Tuesday 23 November 2010
Glamour model Katie Price has been asked to guest edit Radio 4's flagship Today programme, according to reports.
Monday 22 November 2010
Sunday 21 November 2010
Friday 12 November 2010
"There'll be business graduates working on checkout tills," one Labour member protested. If true, so what? It would take that over-educated gloss off them in a year or two and teach them business from the shop floor up. The Secretary of State didn't say that or anything like it. The casual, country gent that is Iain Duncan Smith has a better grasp of modern parlance than this street-level, petrol-sniffing sketch.
Saturday 30 October 2010
Saturday 23 October 2010
Wednesday 20 October 2010
Wayne Rooney must look in the papers every morning and think, "How does Vince Cable get away with it? Just like me, a year ago he was a national hero, the embodiment of hope, and now he's a bumbling fool and revealed as a cheat. But he's allowed to carry on as he pleases and isn't even substituted. I want a transfer to the Liberal Democrats."
Friday 09 July 2010
An on-your-bike precursor of Norman Tebbit, the Elizabethan academic and cleric Richard Hakluyt wrote influential works urging his fellow countrymen towards the New World. He was astonished that the English had not yet "set fast footing in such fertill and temperate places, as are yet unpossessed... of Spaniardes and Portingales".
Monday 28 June 2010
Proposals to encourage the long-term jobless to move around the country in the search for work by promising them new homes have been dismissed as impractical and a return to the Thatcherite 1980s.
Sunday 27 June 2010
The Government signalled a return to the controversial employment policies of the 1980s last night, as the Work and Pensions Secretary revealed he was drawing up plans to "relocate" the unemployed to parts of the country where there are jobs. Echoing Norman Tebbit's call for the jobless to "get on their bikes" and find work, Iain Duncan Smith said he would be bringing forward proposals to encourage people to leave unemployment blackspots to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
Thursday 13 May 2010
Tuesday 06 April 2010
I momentarily turned into Norman Tebbit over the weekend – an unsettling experience which was vaguely reminiscent of that bit in The Fly when Jeff Goldblum suddenly starts buzzing uncontrollably. The catalyst in my case wasn't a careless test-run with a matter transmitter but overhearing a comment on the story that teachers were now finding themselves facing their own pupils on interview panels.
Thursday 01 April 2010
Monday 15 March 2010
The Prime Minister hailed the man famed for his dazzling oratory and fiery debating skills - but who nevertheless led his party to electoral disaster in 1983 - as "one of the greatest parliamentarians ever".
Tuesday 23 February 2010
Tory peer Norman Tebbit got "jostled by a dragon" and grabbed at a drum as he tried to stop noisy Chinese New Year celebrations, it was reported today.
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Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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