Sir Keir Starmer sounded wittier and looked far happier than he usually does, and also more dangerous.
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The Prime Minister engaged in demeaning exchanges with the Leader of the Opposition, but will be worried by a lack of support on his own side.
The President of COP26 is suddenly so well-known that he attracts criticism as well as admiration, and interest in his roots as an admirer of Thatcher.
A problem throughout is that he was there, but is too well-behaved to tell us what he heard.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: “Sometimes to do the right thing one has to accept a degree of opprobrium”
Many MPs feel deeply unhappy about how the Paterson case has been handled by the Commissioner.
Profile: Emmanuel Macron, grandstander over fishing. A campaigner of genius – but not a man to be taken literally.
If Peter Sellers were still around, he could play the President to perfection, as a politician who is all at once cunning, witty, naive and triumphant.
The British are deluged with sanctimonious propaganda about the need to save the planet, and China goes on burning coal.
Andrew Gimson’s Budget sketch: Everything is for the best in the best of all possible public sectors
To appreciate the full wonder of this Budget it is necessary, as the Chancellor said, to be an optimist.
Many Tories are alarmed by the tax rises recently announced by the Government, and will be looking for reassurance from Sunak.
The author recounts how, despite the opposition of John Major and Conservative MEPs, he kept Boris Johnson on the candidates’ list.
Profile: Stanley Johnson. A serious environmentalist who, as COP26 looms, has at last made a convert of his son
His compulsion to tell jokes distracts attention from more than half a century of campaigning to save the planet.
The Leader of the Opposition had forgotten that it is his duty to oppose, and sought instead to impose a high moral tone.
Profile: Nadine Dorries, Johnson loyalist. A splash of colour amidst a grey landscape. And promoted by him for precisely that reason.
She shares with him the ability to throw opponents off balance – and a commitment to levelling up.
But what will be remembered from this brilliant comic performance in which he asserted his personal primacy? Not much, perhaps.
The Foreign Secretary follows a key tenet of Johnsonism, which is to tell jokes on occasions once thought too serious
When asked who the best ever holder of her office was, she named the present Prime Minister.