The Conservatives ought to learn from him. Plus: Vote, vote, vote for Widdecombe. Fire and Fury is damp and limp. My teeth, oh, my teeth. And: My quest to enter Phillip Lee’s brain.
Also: Bradley admits that she is obliged to call an Ulster election (but won’t say when); Tories attack SNP’s ‘double-dip’ tax hike; and more.
When these terms are misused as catch-all boo-words, they lose their meaning and their essential value.
Rebecca Lowe: I’d rather you didn’t go to watch strippers. But I don’t think the state should stop you.
Is there a going rate for such a job — which includes wearing a prescribed colour of underwear?
James Frayne: Johnson is the only person making a popular pitch to voters – Downing Street is unwise to slap him down
They might think him crass, or judge him to be over-reaching – but they haven’t come up with any equivalent ideas themselves. It’s time to announce some popular stuff.
Underpinned by a guarantee of a real-terms increase at minimum, this would help to draw the poison from the issue – particular for Conservatives.
Nicky Morgan: Perhaps the Prime Minister should have gone. But she didn’t. The Cabinet must now take a lead.
Ministers need get a grip by acting collectively to agree a Brexit end-state based in reality and on what Parliament will approve eventually – and then stick to it.
Plus: Vicious Cybernats. Bolton’s brass neck. Widdecombe’s ratings. Johnson’s death wish. And: the courage of my friend Tessa Jowell.
Also: May wades into Scottish flag row; Liberal Democrat accused of costing taxpayers thousands to prop up Jones; and DUP dismiss legal threat to £1 billion deal.
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
Alex Morton: Gove’s energy is admirable. But his new green approach seems to hold that government is good and people are bad.
The short-term plaudits of the Left and the Greens come at a long-term cost – to the Party, and to the environment too.
In trying to maximise the Party’s vote share, it’s essential that a proper audit of these barriers takes place (and others will no doubt think of some I have missed).
Even Whitehall’s fiercest advocates of the need to stay as close as possible to the EU recognise that there are risks in being a rule-taker not a rule-maker.
Plus: Corbyn’s lack of private sector experience. And, come to think of it, his lack of public sector experience. And: justice for Worboys’ victims.
Daniel Hannan: No matter how much Tusk might wish it, there will be no second referendum, and no cancellation of Brexit
A bit of romantic rhetoric from Brussels cannot change the fact that their only offers – before and after we voted Leave – have been provocatively unacceptable.