So we are back at the Palace of Varieties with far more MPs than expected – and relatively few casualties.
Posts Tagged: Sir Nicholas Soames MP
Lewis Baston: When nationalists helped to pitch out a minority Conservative government. The general election of 1892.
Think of today’s two main parties led in 2015 by Nicholas Soames and Denis Healey and you are part of the way there.
Plus: Stephen O’Brien triumphant. What not to wear while canvassing. Commons catering, KFC-style. And: Kensington – that snake-pit of ambitious thrusters.
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.
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.
Last year, it was Sir Peter Luff. Political balance, you see.
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”.
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.
Plus: Determined, Bewildered, Despondent, Ecstatic…IDS adapts his Work Programme categories for Conservative MPs
TV coverage, Muslim demographics and electoral pressure are helping to move the balance of opinion.
Holding one would cool the temperature and lessen the chance of an Alistair McAlpine incident – in other words, false accusations.