The comedy and horror of Thorpe’s trial, and of the 1970s, are caught in this book and television series.
Those prepared to stand up to “arbitrary authority or witless mass opinion” enrich public life, and we should celebrate them.
Plus: Two policemen’s child abuse claims. Lamb for LibDem leader. Osborne for the Foreign Office. And: why won’t Waterstones stock more copies of Farage’s book?
If Labour had more MPs as bold as he is, the Tories would find themselves in a very much weaker position.
It hasn’t helped that responsibility for children and young people’s issues has now been fragmented from the deafeningly silent DfE across Government departments.
Holding one would cool the temperature and lessen the chance of an Alistair McAlpine incident – in other words, false accusations.
Plus: Shapps will be Tory Chairman until the election. The Church of England is a left-wing sect. Philomena. Current Affairs. And: Pamela Parker, In Memoriam.
Plus: Nigel and the whips. Why Peter Oborne believes that I am Nostradamus. Lord Steel must have heard the Cyril Smith rumours. And: Two Thatchers & Two Queens.