Rees-Mogg says that Oxford’s protesting dons “may be rather second rate” and on Covid that “you can’t run society just to stop the hospitals being full”.
The Leader of the House on how the House of Commons has scrutinised the Government during the pandemic.
The Leader of the House on Cameron, Heywood, the civil service, lobbying and (briefly) on a football superleague.
Rees-Mogg on his row with the Huffington Post, why the hybrid Commons should end – and how the quality of speeches “has been reduced”.
Of the Ophrah Winfrey interview, he says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s title “is there, and it would require legislation to take it away”.
And: he confirms that there will be a vote on the roadmap. Plus: on nightclub openings: “it may make more difference to your life than mine.”
Our interviewee once spent an hour at a meeting “discussing whether it was to be the committee or the provisional committee”.
He’s doing a “fantastic job”; timetables for ending lockdown are “not particularly realistic”; claims that Johnson relishes it are “ridiculous”.
Our subject on how much time a Bill would be given now, how much time it might get – and whether it could be effected retrospectively.
Plus: Our interviewee suggests that if a Brexit deal doesn’t come soon, MPs may have to sit on Christmas Day. Is he any good at singing?
Our interviewee on the “disgraceful” treatment of Symonds and Johnson’s longstanding Euroscepticism.
Our interviewee on the lockdown, the NHS, free school meals – and Government assessments of the effects of policy on lives and livelihoods.
The Leader of the House is quizzed by our Editor on the Coronavirus, Brexit, social care, Trump, CANZUK…and what he’d ask Churchill.
He implies that Covid Marshalls shouldn’t have police powers, and says Tory members are “more developed in their thinking” on housing than Tory MPs.
Our interviewee speaks to us about FDR’s new deal, the “extremely satisfactory” Withdrawal Agreement and his views on self-identification.