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Michael Winner’s finest hour, McSmith

Michael Winner’s finest hour

The news today that Michael Winner has died revived interest in the occasion when he appeared as a guest on LWT’s new Friday evening talk show, hosted by Richard Littlejohn.

By | McSmith | Monday, 21 January 2013 at 2:55 pm

Politics: it’s show biz for the undisciplined, says Glenda Jackson, McSmith

Politics: it’s show biz for the undisciplined, says Glenda Jackson

Politics is said to be show biz for ugly people. It is also show biz for very undisciplined people, according to one professional who has tried both.

By | McSmith | Monday, 21 January 2013 at 2:31 pm

Time’s marathon correction, and a far worse one from The People, McSmith

Time’s marathon correction, and a far worse one from The People

An article in the current Time magazine about elitism in Oxford and Cambridge universities has caused a stir by having one of the longest corrections in modern publishing.

By | McSmith | Monday, 21 January 2013 at 11:21 am

Loughton v Gove: Loughton retaliates, McSmith

Loughton v Gove: Loughton retaliates

Tim Loughton, the sacked former Children’s Minister, is not taking the assault on his reputation by one of Michael Gove’s attack dogs lying down.

By | McSmith | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 4:35 pm

It ought to be the ‘326 group’ – but they can’t be bothered, McSmith

It ought to be the ‘326 group’ – but they can’t be bothered

The 301 group of Conservative MPs was formed with the avowed purpose of securing an outright majority for their party in the next general election.

By | McSmith | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 2:24 pm

Trident: the £25 billion white elephant, McSmith

Trident: the £25 billion white elephant

Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on whether to renew Trident did not produce many surprises, because most speakers were holding to well known positions

By | McSmith | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 12:24 pm

Jonathan Ross and an HMV rescue? Just asking makes Ross cross., McSmith

Jonathan Ross and an HMV rescue? Just asking makes Ross cross.

Jonathan Ross, not normally known to be coy, was in no mood to talk when contacted about a rumour that he is interested in a rescue bid for the high street chain, HMV.
“Some people I know are talking about it. I am not directly involved. I can’t say more than that,” he replied.
He began to [...]

By | McSmith | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 11:44 am

“From ripping off customers to ripping off taxpayers”

Electricity bills went up 16 per cent, and gas by 20 per cent after Volker Beckers took over in January 2010 as chief executive of the German-owned Npower, one of the big six energy companies. The company was criticised by the Commons energy committee over its ‘excessive’ profits. In 2011, they made £313 million.
Today, Beckers [...]

By | McSmith | Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 4:41 pm

Christopher Chope, MP: a visitor from the past

Christopher Chope, Tory MP for Christchurch, is like a specimen preserved in formaldehyde from a time when Tories were Tories. Gay rights: he has consistently voted against. Hanging: he has voted to bring it back. The House of Lords: he voted to keep the hereditary peerages. The poll tax: he pleaded with John Major’s government [...]

By | McSmith | Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 4:12 pm

Suzanne Moore says sorree: but does she really mean it

I see that the columnist Suzanne Moore is back on Twitter. Her feed closed down for a while because of the storm she whipped up with a passing comment that was interpreted as disrespectful to Brazilian transsexuals

By | McSmith | Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 12:27 pm

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