My Top 10 in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, on Sunday was mixed metaphors. The best was possibly Ernest Bevin’s:
I don’t like it. When you open that Pandora’s box, you will find it full of Trojan horses.
This was supplied by the great and wondrous Francis Wheen, at whose feet I learned depressingly [...]
Of the two Champions League ties on Wednesday night I would be happier taking a position about the Dortmund game than the fixture at Old Trafford.
Those of us on the moderate left have an uneasy relationship with the Guardian. It should be our natural home, a place for woolly liberals to communally wring our hands, and this is indeed the image “Guardian reader” once called to mind; the lentil-friendly constituency most memorably (and damningly) satirised in the work of Posy [...]
I found myself caring deeply about these painfully ordinary people, and hoping they could find a way through their problems.
Not so long ago, the catering industry was the go to place for those who didn’t know what they wanted to do, or couldn’t do much else.
I may have been wrong about “peak UKIP”. I wrote recently that, having failed to come up with a sensational by-election win, of the kind that delivered the oxygen of publicity to the Liberals, the SDP and the Lib Dems in their years of trying to break up the two-party system, UKIP would probably come [...]
Prince Charles can be mildly relieved that Tony Benn is no longer with us, though he may not know the reason. Benn was a privy councillor. The Privy Council as such has not met since 1952. What are called Privy Council meetings are actually just brief gatherings of a handful of ministers who are there [...]
Tom McNally, political secretary to James Callaghan, Labour MP 1979-81, SDP 1981-83, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Justice Minister until last year, to the Mile End Group in December 2006:
One of the reasons why I want to live a long life is to be around when Wedgie pops his [...]
Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]
10 years ago 65daysofstatic released their debut album, The Fall of Math and fans of wildly skittering synth beats married to epic sweeping vistas of grandiose guitar noise rejoiced. Remfry Dedman asked founder member Paul Wolinski how the album has impacted on the bands career, then and now.
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