Plus: Comforting Oborne in the Aegean. Rampant rabbits in the Lords. Lidders Agonistes. McVey’s moment. And: How two Labour MPs banged away in the rifle club.
Posts Tagged: Light relief
From Reggie to Dessie: Crocodile skin and velvet at the Black and White Ball. And that was just the men.
Plus: Theresa May faces the Pale, Male and Stale. Leslie on special ops. Dog bites Redwood. And: Hugo Swire, former owner of Hong Kong.
From Reggie to Dessie: The latest leadership candidate – Elizabeth Truss – braves the Pale, Male & Stale
Plus: John Randall’s Serbian restaurant. Soames goes AWOL. Cash goes ballistic. And: Did Letwin and Redwood write the briefs for Page 3?
Including the latest from the rolling future leadership hustings at the Pale, Male and stale Dining Club.
Includes five jobshare posts, and returns to the front bench for Ken Clarke, Liam Fox, Tom Watson…and Emily Thornberry.
Aladdin: Gloria de Piero. Widow Twanky: Chris Bryant. Abananzer: Peter Mandelson. Genie of the Lamp, Michael Gove. Princess Lotus Blossom: Gavin Williamson…
Of course our efforts at Rochester weren’t helped by the glitches in the new CCHQ computer “Darth Vader”.
There is still some fallout from the Away Day. The cabaret is always toe-curlingly embarrassing – and this year’s was no exception.
The next day, I went to deliver leaflets in Rochester. We kept being delayed by Simon Burns insisting on showing passing punters his Hillary Clinton watch.
From Reggie to Dessie: Do we MPs eat and drink too much, fail to get enough exercise and fantasise about sex?
You, Dessie, are fighting fit with all that swimming in the Serpentine, bike riding and tennis. Soames and I admire you from the lounge bar.
For your post-referendum delectation, a snapshot from the 1970s of a truly British national conversation.
Plus: Determined, Bewildered, Despondent, Ecstatic…IDS adapts his Work Programme categories for Conservative MPs
From Reggie to Dessie: “Bill Cash, as you can imagine, was very critical. “Big mistake by Carswell…”
A senior backbench Conservative e-mails the Minister of State at the Department for International Development.
“Well, all the odds are, they’re in my favour./Something’s bound to begin./It’s gotta happen./Happen some time./Maybe this time…”
The Deputy Prime Minister is under some strain.