Plus: Don’t let the serialisation put you off Alan Duncan’s diaries – it’s the insights into being a Foreign Office minister that really shine.
I tried to get Badenoch on my show, but it was a straight “no” from Number 10 (as usual).
Plus: Why did it take the police so long to investigate the endemic corruption within Liverpool City Council?
The British government has been commendably muted on the behaviour of von der Leyen and other politicians.
Plus: Piers Morgan wasn’t ‘cancelled’. And: We need a conversation on women’s safety.
Plus: Say what you like about Trump, but he had a better slogan than Clinton. And: Sunak’s budget was disappointing.
Plus: Have you got your popcorn ready for Salmond’s appearance before a committee of the Scottish Parliament this lunchtime?
Plus: If Sunak wishes to ingratiate himself with small business people, he should scrap the loan charge and IR35.
Plus: Twitter seems to know more about my medical state than my GP. And: Kuenssberg’s unguarded moment.
Plus: It’s been a bad week for Starmer. And: is it time to bring back the big beasts of the Labour jungle?
Plus: Sturgeon is ridiculous to criticise the PM’s trip to Scotland. And: Now’s not the time for a Coronavirus inquiry.
Plus: Where have Allegra Stratton’s live press conferences got to? And why I hate Twitter.
Plus: What I discovered when I interviewed James Comey. And why I can’t think of a single interesting anecdote or conclusion from Tim Sainsbury’s memoir.
Plus: Biden won fair and square, Trump’s allegations of fraud have been dismissed by the courts – and one can be a conservative and say so.
Plus: The ascent of Truss. Christmas Covid rules unravel. And: I wish readers the compliments of the season and a Happy New Year.