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Iain Dale presents the evening show on LBC Radio and is a commentator for CNN.

Sajid Javid’s personal statement on his resignation in the Commons on Wednesday was a masterpiece of the genre.

It had just enough ‘meat’ in it to interest the media and just enough light barbs for it to be seen as having a bit of a go at both the Prime Minister and Dominic Cummings. But it was done in a light-hearted rather than a bruising way, which meant that he didn’t burn any boats.

My suspicion is that Boris Johnson feels rather guilty about how the whole thing was handled, and feels he ‘owes one’ to the former Chancellor. I suspect that Javid will be back in the Cabinet at some point, although any other job would certainly be a comedown from that of Chancellor.

Having said that, Penny Mordaunt wasn’t too proud to accept the non-cabinet job of Paymaster General. Surely it can’t be too long before she returns to the front rank.

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The news that the courts are yet again thwarting a political decision will have all sorts of ramifications. It was of course about the future of the expansion of Heathrow Airport – which Boris Johnson has always wanted to thwart.

The Appeal Court said that the Government had ignored its own laws on climate change. Hmmm. The government isn’t going to take the matter to the Supreme Court – although Heathrow themselves might. This is an incredibly difficult issue – given that yesterday’s decision will have sent out the message that Global Britain has been strangled at birth.

No-one in their right mind would want to start from here. Heathrow is in entirely the wrong place. If you were building a new hub airport, you certainly wouldn’t build it there. Given the Prime Minister’s penchant for big, visionary transport infrastructure projects, I’d love to see him revive his Thames Estuary Airport project.

I doubt this will happen, though. The trouble is that Gatwick or Birmingham will now try to step into the breach. But the problem is that all the major international airlines want to be at Heathrow.

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Some of you may remember I used to own and run a political bookshop in Westminster called Politico’s. We didn’t sell just books but had a nice line in political merchandise, too.

A couple of weeks ago I found some boxes of mugs which we used to sell in a barn I hadn’t been in for about ten years. I’d already decided to start an online shop so people could order signed copies of my new book, so I thought, why not add these mugs to the store too?

In only two weeks, I’ve sold more than a hundred of them, with the slogans “Margaret Thatcher – now more than ever” and “New Labour & proud of it” and “Tory Tea”.

It’s made me think that the political merchandising market isn’t being fully catered for at the moment, so I’m mulling over whether to devote some more time to developing it a bit more, and commissioning all sorts of different items of political merchandise.

At Politico’s we also did a nice line in political underwear – knickers with political slogans across the front: “For the many, not the few; “A hand up, not a hand out”, and my personal favourite, “Things can only get wetter”.

I did draw the line, though, when someone suggested we should commission some politically themed condoms. Anyway, if you’d like to have a browse it’s here.

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Let’s have a word about the Duke of Sussex, formerly known as Prince. He now wants to be known as plain Harry.  Why not go the whole hog, and ask to be called Hazzer?

He flew (obvs) back to the UK this week to speak at a conference in Edinburgh on tourism. He did at least have the good grace to use the train to get to the Scottish capital. I think most of us are sick and tired of him and his wife making the case for the climate emergency having flown to the venue by private jet.

But if we’re tired of that kind of hypocrisy, just wait until November when the COP 26 conference is being held in Glasgow. I hope someone does a count of the private jets landing at Glasgow and Prestwick Airports. Pass the sick-bag…

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I’ve just heard the UK’s entry for Eurovision this year. It’s certainly a step up from the usual dirge that we enter. The video is somewhat niche and centres on an old man going for an ice bath in a Scandi forest.

But that’s nothing on the opening line of the song’s chorus: “”If you we’re a deep-sea diver, I’d give you my last breath”. Well, it’s a thought.

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