Today’s proceedings were about as watchable as a game of cricket where the batsman does not actually have to face the bowling in person.
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Profile: Carrie Symonds, experienced Tory adviser turned Prime Ministerial consort – loyal to her friends, detested by her enemies
She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
Tories will read the story of his ascent to high office with enormous pleasure – for it amounts to a vindication of the United Kingdom.
Starmer could not lay a glove on an opponent who felt emboldened by the discovery of fresh ways to fight the pandemic.
In his speech, he quoted from the Bible, in its best and most traditional version: yet more evidence of his own conservatism.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson seduces the House, and talks away his mistakes, by promising a rosy future
There were moments when the PM made everyone from the Speaker down laugh, and most of his listeners were grateful for light relief from the crisis.
A magisterial survey of conservatism since the French Revolution brings home how various it is, and how impossible to reduce to an ideology.
With her odd mixture of indiscretion and obedience, her contempt for liberal groupthink and love of freedom, she in many ways a useful ally.
Johnson’s troops are issuing declarations of intent in public. His success will depend on his ability to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson may have no right to feel confident, but for some reason he does
In this battle between optimism and pessimism, hope and fear, faith and scepticism, Starmer found it hard to sow seeds of negativity.
Interview: Goodhart says Johnson understands better than Starmer that a graduate meritocracy alienates manual workers
The author warns we are sending far too many people to university and creating “a whole great bloated cognitive bureaucratic class”.
An excellent book about the Prime Minister has just been published. Unfortunately it is in German.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Starmer’s pessimism enables Johnson to harness the power of wishful thinking
The PM sounded liberated as he defied the grim official wisdom for which the Leader of the Opposition has become chief spokesman.
The Prime Minister needs a new, more straightforward manner in order to carry parliamentary and public opinion with him.
Superior pundits fail to see the Prime Minister’s debt to Disraeli, and consider Johnson such a scoundrel they underestimate his chances of success.