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PMQs sketch: Buck passing and wasted billions

29 October 2014 17:45

The hypocrisy was breath-taking. The opportunism was scandalous. The lack of principle was extraordinary. All the same, it wasn’t a bad move. Ed Miliband used PMQs to attack the Tories… Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars ‘is a poet.’ ‘What’s his name?’ asked my father. ‘No… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ed Miliband in March 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

PMQs sketch: Cameron and Miliband squabble over the NHS, while saying nothing

22 October 2014 16:51

It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. The trouble was he attacked the Labour leader for a… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Miliband targets Tory turpitude

15 October 2014 16:36

It was like the last night of the Proms at PMQs. Miliband stood up to hearty roars—Tory roars—that seemed to go on for minutes. This was the longest and most… Continue reading

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Tom Cruise deserves our support and pity

16 September 2014 18:26

These are your lives. Yard Theatre, until 4 October Tom Cruise. That’s the big offer from a newish venue, the Yard Theatre, lurking on the fringes of Hackney Wick. The… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36

Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House of Commons debating the referendum in a complacent and uncaring… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Was Carswell right all along?

3 September 2014 17:34

Calamities crowd in every side. Nuclear-armed Russia is already waging war with Europe, according to our NATO ally, Lithuania. At home, Douglas Carswell’s defection threatens to rob the Tories of… Continue reading

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3,000 masochists descend on Edinburgh

9 August 2014 11:30

And they’re off. The mighty caravan of romantic desperadoes, radical egoists, stadium wannabes, struggling superstars and vanity crackheads is on its way to Edinburgh. This year’s Fringe sponsor is Virgin… Continue reading

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David Cameron remains the Master's apprentice. (Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

25 July 2014 17:00

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading

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The Queen Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Dave the radical feminist gets a helping hand from Harriet

16 July 2014 16:54

It was the final PMQs before the sun-stroke season begins. Usually these are high-spirited Derby Day affairs and Ed Miliband came to the house knowing things could hardly be easier.… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Ed Miliband has giving up on winning – now he just wants to enjoy losing

9 July 2014 16:19

Today we saw a brand new Ed Miliband. And a brand new campaign strategy. He’s given up trying to win the election. All he wants to do now is to… Continue reading

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The NT is the jewel in the crown of our artistic heritage

The National Theatre could – and should – survive without state funding

9 July 2014 12:18

Two glorious playhouses grace the south bank of the Thames. Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre stage the finest shows available anywhere in the world. Both are kept in business… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Miliband’s integer attacks dissolve into a whirl-pool of squiggles

2 July 2014 17:26

It was damn close. And it scored top marks for effort. Miliband’s plan today was to prove that Cameron’s NHS policy is a disaster. And to prove it with Cameron’s… Continue reading

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Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson Appear At Court Facing Charges Linked To Alleged Bribery

Ed Miliband bruises Cameron over Coulson. But will it make a difference?

25 June 2014 16:38

The pressure was all on Miliband today. With Cameron hurt, he needed to show that he can still press home an advantage. First, we all had to listen to the… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: The bombshell from a man who could be a bore

18 June 2014 18:26

Explosive stuff at PMQs. Question two and Sir Peter Tapsell, the Father of the House, was called. This quaint semi-official title makes him, potentially, the chamber’s most dependable bore. Not… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: easy sling-shots and grubby sloganising

11 June 2014 16:45

If there’s a problem in Birmingham it’s too gnarled and subtle for PMQs. Easy sling-shots and grabby sloganising are all that’s required. Ed Miliband had found a simple point of… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cameron deploys his resources skilfully

14 May 2014 18:46

Miliband’s approval rating among Tory MPs has never been higher. They roared with joy as he got to his feet today. A foolish grin spread across his face, and his… Continue reading

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Complacent Cameron slips on Miliband’s bananas

7 May 2014 16:51

Easy triumphs soften victors. Cameron demonstrated this truism today as he took two unexpected blows from Ed Miliband at PMQs. The Labour leader led on his new policy of rent… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband slapped in the face by bouncy Dave

30 April 2014 16:54

As the economy bounces back it keeps smacking Ed Miliband in the face. At PMQs today he tried to pose as the people’s champion fighting fat-cat capitalism. He started with… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew up his ammunition dump. Mr Bercow rose at the start… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: An old-fashioned punch-up between Cameron and Miliband

2 April 2014 17:09

Cameron, the king of the mood swings, was on typical form today. He veers between calmness and rage with alarming rapidity. The pattern is always the same. He deals reasonably… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel sketch: Farage edged ahead of a pompous Clegg – but there was no knock-out blow

27 March 2014 11:29

Never mind the arguments, the body language said it all at the EU debate last night. Nigel Farage was relaxed, smiley and upbeat. Nick Clegg had a solemn and rather… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Ed Balls ruins Miliband’s piece of theatre

26 March 2014 17:20

Last week, if you can remember that far back, World War Three was about to start in Ukraine. The fixture was postponed, thankfully, and politics at Westminster has returned to… Continue reading

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Tony Benn Joins Remebrance Ceremony For 204 Dead Soldiers

The ghost of Tony Benn stalked PMQs

19 March 2014 15:45

Tony Benn, the most divisive left-wing figure since the war, united the house today. David Cameron paid tribute to him as an orator, diarist and campaigner. Ed Miliband praised his… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

PMQs sketch: what Tony Blair knew about being a toff, and what Nick Clegg doesn’t

12 March 2014 17:37

Hattie Harman tried to crack Clegg today. The deputy prime minister, standing in for David Cameron, explained carefully that his boss was visiting, ‘Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.’ Not… Continue reading

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