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PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

17 December 2014 16:53

Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t 2020. Ed Miliband quoted the OBR and claimed that the… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Nick Clegg heats up in the hot seat

10 December 2014 17:32

Cameron is away in Ankara. His mission is to annoy the Germans by inviting Turkey to join the EU as soon as possible. It all sounds like fun. Let’s hope… Continue reading

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Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony in 'Solomon and Marion'

Don’t criticise Janet Suzman for saying theatre’s ‘a white invention’, thank her

10 December 2014 13:27

Janet Suzman’s throwaway comment about the theatre being ‘a white invention’ has attracted a storm of opportunistic derision. What Dame Janet may have meant was this. Theatre is gossip ceremonially… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron. And his emotional range is far narrower than the PM’s.… Continue reading

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Mark Reckless (‘Boo!!’) asks his question at PMQs

PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On and on. Ad nauseam. Today’s exchanges involved the usual tussle… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband waits to enter the hall to address supporters on November 13, 2014 in London.

PMQs sketch: Labour and Ed Miliband are the ones who are really out of touch

19 November 2014 18:23

Ironic Tory roars greeted Miliband’s ascent to the vertical at PMQs today. He assumed his habitual spanked puppy look. It’s quite a sight, Ed’s expression of frosty endurance. Part dismay,… Continue reading

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'An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger'. Image: Yui Mok/PA

When Arnie met Ross

16 November 2014 18:10

Arnie mania struck the capital last night. A thousand fans crowded into the Lancaster London Hotel to see Schwarzenegger in conversation with Jonathan Ross. He came bounding on stage, in… Continue reading

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How The Spectator stitched up the Fake Sheikh

13 November 2014 9:56

In 1999 the News of the World offered Lloyd Evans £5,000 to destroy Boris Johnson’s career. Here’s the story… Now it can be told. A couple of months ago — following… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: No poppy for Harman, Miliband on the attack, Cameron in transcendental-parrot mode

5 November 2014 16:03

Was that a pop at Hattie? Ed Miliband began PMQs by evoking the centenary of the Great War. ‘We will all be wearing our poppies with particular pride this year,’… Continue reading

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Angry shouty politicians — the hallmarks of Prime Minister's Questions.

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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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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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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