Plus: Scam PPE offers. Johnson’s very real illness. And: I’m wondering about the rest of his body. (My dog’s, not my partner’s.)
Plus: the useless Scottish media and the worst UK journalists. I name my first media onanist of the week. And it’s…
Iain Dale: Some political journalists seem set on making a drama out of this crisis without a second thought for the national interest
Plus: An outpouring of affection for Johnson. We reach Defcon Raab. The EU messes up (again). And: could Sleepy Joe wake up as President?
Iain Dale: Which Starmer will we get as Labour’s new leader this weekend? Radical Starmer? Or Safety First Starmer?
For his Shadow Cabinet, I would choose media friendly spokespeople, and back them up with deputies more on the policy wonkish side of things.
Iain Dale: If the Second World War had been fought in the days of 24 hour news channels, we’d have lost
Plus: My video tour of my bookshelves and why I won’t indulge editors. Three times in the last few days I’ve said no to them.
Plus: Some of the measures which the Government is taking weren’t necessary even during the supreme national crisis of World War Two.
Iain Dale: The virus may give a permanent boost to home working – as employers learn to trust employees to do it
Plus: Cometh the hour, cometh the Hancock. And: Why Phillips doesn’t hate Muslims, Clinton could become U.S President and the Budget could all go wrong.
Let’s say that Patel did, on occasion, shout – or lose her temper. Should that really be deemed unacceptable?
Plus: Will Javid come back? Will Boris Island fly? Hazzer, formerly the Duke of Sussex. And: an ice bath in a Scandi forest.
Plus: Where was the Ministers yesterday making the case for the Government’s new immigration policy? And: my advice to Carlaw.
Chris Pincher, the new appointee, must stay in the post for the rest of this Parliament. It’s the only way that a strategy can be implemented properly.
Iain Dale: My reshuffle predictions. The Prime Minister believes he has delivered for his supporters – and now owes them nothing.
Plus: A sofa, two dogs, no cup of tea – and my Brexit evening. And: the pre-eminence of Policy Exchange.
Plus: No nay to Huawei. Or to HS2, too. And: my looming interview with Pompeo on his visit to London.
And the axeing of the Victoria Derbyshire Show suggests that the next Director General must be a transformational one.
Plus: Open regional Tory offices but don’t take CCHQ out of London. The coming IR35 disaster. And: where will you be on January 31?