Men aren’t from Mars, women aren’t from Venus, we’re actually remarkably similar. Deal with it – then revel in it.
Daniel Hannan MEP: Scrap IPSA, keep outside interests, adopt Recall, – and free the Commons from professional politicians
Instead of prohibiting second jobs, we should treat serving as an MP as being a second job.
Also: Brown calls for the nationalisation of unprofitable North Sea oil fields; and Northern Ireland braces for the bite of austerity.
As the Kremlin’s money grows scarce, more repression will take its place.
Charlotte Leslie MP: We can download information. But we can’t download experience – and we need it.
Modernity, quickness, and digital ability are all vital, but so is the wisdom and understanding of the older worker.
Its insistence on austerity measures in Southern Europe means that a Grexit and Greek debt repudiation remain likely.
Plus: Bennett’s brain fade. Why I will not put my name in for Kensington. No to Sol Campbell. Why there are no gay people in Alabama. And: arise, Lord Montgomerie!
A Candidate’s Diary: Abuse. A child’s toys. Dog faeces. A broken door bell. I meet a voter whose support I don’t want.
“Why is your kid not at school? If you’re going to mess your life up, go ahead – but at least give your lad a chance, eh?”
The two parties within the government have missed a trick, to their mutual self-harm.
A more classic case of the state crowding out family and civil society through regulation and subsidy is difficult to find.
Plus: Comforting Oborne in the Aegean. Rampant rabbits in the Lords. Lidders Agonistes. McVey’s moment. And: How two Labour MPs banged away in the rifle club.
Also: New poll shows Scots want second referendum within the decade; Welsh farmers call for badger cull; Scottish Labour trick Nats on Twitter.
My last ConHome column addresses the same topic as my first: If I were a Tory, here’s what I would do.
Nadhim Zahawi MP: The pound scrapped. Grammar Schools too. Lord McCluskey in charge. The nightmare of a Miliband Government.
I believe we’ll win. But I could be wrong. So all this could be only a few weeks away…
Plus: Good on McVey. Bad on Putin. Arm the Baltic States. Circumcision is barbaric, full stop. The original Peter Oborne. And: Channel 4′s Leni Reifenstahl UKIP drama.