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Learning to live with contradictions

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It’s a topsy-turvy world nowadays. While our end of the continent is dominated by Brexit travails, everywhere else I look - near and far,...

All over bar the shouting? If only!

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It’s all over bar the shouting: that well-known expression suggests everything’s done and dusted, whatever will happen will happen, and anything else is mere...

Just a game of Chequers. . .

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A former Liberal Democrat town councillor and still an active party campaigner, PETER WATTS is perturbed at what he sees as confusion and obfuscation apparent in...

Mrs Mandrake’s last resting place

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POOR Mrs. MANDRAKE had been waiting in the back of an ambulance for 40 minutes. She couldn’t understand what was going on. They had reached...

Crumbs! The day the Brexit booby forgot the biscuits

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EXCLUSIVE! Our intrepid political correspondent PETER MORTIMER  reveals an actual transcript of a Downing Street Brexit meeting. . . (Present: Theresa May, David Davis, Ian...

UK politics: touching the void?

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I’m not a mountaineering enthusiast, nor a fan of books or movies about it. But I've always been struck by the power of the...

YOU don’t like her politics, don’t believe diabetes made her look...

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An inquiry has been ordered into vicious intimidation of candidates at the general election after a barrage of complaints by MPs, among them Diane...

Mock Diane Abbott all you like but IT’S THE DIABETES WOT...

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WHATEVER you might think of Diane Abbott, her politics or her personality – and, no, I'm not her number one fan, either – I...

Omnishambles: no other word for it

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Omnishambles. That splendidly descriptive term was coined in 2009 by the political satire, In the Thick of It. The word itself was uttered by...

False claims or parallel truths?

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I was going to write this blog last Sunday: but, after Saturday night’s terrorist outrage in London, it didn’t seem appropriate immediately to comment...