A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]
Picking Cheltenham winners is the minefield at the best of times, but with horses having run on soft ground for months, and the underfoot conditions now changing to good, we should tread even more carefully as there’s a chance of recent form going out of the window.
We paid an early visit to Plot 35a on Sunday morning to take parts of a wooden playhouse I have bought for my daughter to play in while I get on with gardening. Tomorrow, with the help of a handyman (because we are hopeless at DIY and I want it to be safe), it will [...]
The effect a celebrity can have on a business can’t be ignored, no matter what you might think of them – celebrities need to eat just as much as the next person.
We are writing this from Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world.
I have written a “very sneery” column for The Independent on Sunday about James Brokenshire’s speech to Demos, according to David Goodhart. Goodhart is chair of the Advisory Group at Demos, which I said was a think tank that sounds like an aftershave, so perhaps he was annoyed about that.
Actually, Goodhart thought that I was criticising [...]
Yeovil are second bottom of the Championship with only six wins all season from 32 games, the second worst record of wins in the division.
Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]
We don’t only do cocktails, we’re also partial to the occasional glass of wine. But like many people, we get daunted by the choice out there, so we asked Beth Willard, Wine Buyer at Laithwaite’s for her top tips when it comes to buying wine that won’t break the bank.
The practical difference between an “LTIP” award and an annual bonus has eroded considerably. To get the full benefit from an annual bonus a banker would have to wait 3.5 years. For an LTIP the waiting period is 5 years.
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