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11 July 2019 Lens on the Week UK HEAD TO HEAD: This week’s prize for political theatre has to go to ITV with its head-to-head debate between the two Conservative leadership contenders. Skilfully chaired by Julie Etchingham, the discussion laid bare differences between the candidates only to reveal that they were more tactical than substantial.
11 July 2019 Race to the Bottom Legitimate abuse. By John Watson Shit! Prat! Knave! Buffoon! Popinjay! Arsehole! Stuffed shirt! Cretin! Together with a number of terms too rude to publish, but beginning with the letters “p”, “c”, and “w” respectively, these epithets fall within the traditional vocabulary of UK election campaigns. Shouting them, like
11 July 2019 The Boriad – Books 1 and 2 Not, in fact, by Homer Book 1 Like great Achilles, Boris Johnson from his tent full armoured sprang. No more skulking in the shadows, now’s the time to upward man. His Patroclus, the Raab Extremis, in his borrowed armour strove; but died
11 July 2019 Strange Times Or just a smokescreen? by J.R. Thomas Seven years ago your correspondent had the good fortune to be staying in the best hotel in Taormina, Sicily. (Just a short break for a special occasion, you understand.) The allotted suite looked directly across to the constantly smoking peak of that perfect
11 July 2019 The Great Escape Voting with their feet. By Neil Tidmarsh Last week, someone cut through locks and fencing at the Spring River Zoo at Roswell, New Mexico. Four animals escaped from their enclosures. They were recaptured within twenty minutes. They didn’t go far. Why should they? They probably weren’t even trying to
11 July 2019 Diary of a Corbynista They all fear Corbyn by Don Urquhart 4 July The Tory leadership hopefuls are promising to throw money at resolving the carnage their party has created. For example in The Sun, Boris Johnson argued that more police were needed to “end the current crime wave” across the UK.
11 July 2019 Beware the weak bearing gifts The dangerous allure of dividends by Frank O’Nomics The old adage that something can be too good to be true applies very well to investments. News that BT is likely to cut its dividend follows on from a number of high profile casualties earlier this year, notably
11 July 2019 A Refresher from Corbynista Episode 2 by Don Urquhart In January 2018, Hunt apologised to patients for postponement of operations and long waits in A&E. Foreign Secretary Johnson continued to stumble from cock-up to cock-up. 3 January 2018 Very soon Jeremy Hunt will be on our TV screens characterising criticism of his