Poor Russia

On corruption, fragility, innovation, human capital, creditworthiness, GDP per head – all the measures that count for most – the country is, to put it politely, not in a great place.

Iain Dale: Don’t knock Mancock, er, Hancock

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.

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May needs fixers

The combination of a small majority, radical intent, a flow of power one way to Cabinet Ministers and another to key aides requires adjustment.