“When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary, some thought it might be the last…but the wartime generation, my generation, is resilient.”
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.
At times, says the Education Secretary, the post he holds requires “a bold and vociferous and constant presence”. But “at other times less so”.
He talks Brady, Norway, prorogation, and postponing Article 50, and explains why the ERG is “not a fourth party”. Plus: does the Queen listen to the Moggcast?
Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.
“I’m not interested in being an irreconcilable…the leadership question is settled.” Rees-Mogg accepts defeat – but reserves the right to differ over policy.
The Speaker announces the news in the Commons to cheers from the Conservative benches.
The two Conservative MPs have been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
It is an extremely tough task to prepare to be a constitutional monarch, or indeed to take on the actual role.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard its demise confidently predicted or stridently recommended. Houdini-like, it has so far escaped this awaited fate.
It is vital that we discuss how we eliminate the plastic waste brought to the surface of our collective consciousness in Blue Planet II.
The Somerset MP strongly supports Theresa May, denies anti-Etonian prejudice in public life, and says a Catholic could perfectly well be PM.
A lot on Brexit; not much elsewhere. The lack of a majority leaves the Prime Minister exposed – whatever may happen with the DUP.
The only way to make it will be to hold a small number of made-for-TV events that help tell a story that voters in provincial England will respond to.
What a farce it would be if, in attempting to secure Brexit, we booted out one of the institutions that makes us exceptional.