People of ability are quitting and the pool of experience is shrinking.
Parliament and people are paying a price for the shift to professional politics.
Plus: The irresistible Andrew Kennedy. Labour’s Rochester & Strood failure. Where’s a) Mo Ansar? b) Helen Grant c) The Bow Group? In praise of Andrew Neil. And: Lots of bad language
It is at the cross-roads of the Shia-Sunni conflict, yet remains outside of it. It is a majority Muslim country, but with a history of peaceful co-existence.
And: Canny Nicky Morgan. The cruel Foreign Office. Spurn Clegg. Call Balls. A Ruffley inaccurate story. Plus: Don’t you know I’m on holiday?
And this week’s column contains a mystery closing message to the Prime Minister.
Plus: Home of the World Cup. Home of the World Cup. Home of the World Cup. Home of the World Cup. Home of the World Cup. Home of the – Aaarrrggghhh!
Watch out for Sajid Javid, Esther McVey, Liz Truss, Nicky Morgan and Karen Bradley.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. After today's 1922 Committee elections, Robert Buckland has been elected Joint-Secretary (replacing Karen Bradley, an Assistant Whip) and Simon Hart and Karl McCartney have also been elected to the Executive, replacing George Hollingbery (now PPS to Theresa May) and Simon Kirby (now PPS to Hugh Robertson). A few results of […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter News reaches me that Sir John Stanley joins James Arbuthnot as a sitting Tory MP who has announced they won't seek re-election. In the past these retirements would have produced much excitement among those on the candidates list. In this parliament – with the number of MPs set to fall […]
These days questions to the Minister for the Olympics immediately follow DCMS questions. Mark Harper and Humfrey Malins both asked about shooting: "Mr. Mark Harper (Forest of Dean) (Con): What her latest estimate is of expenditure on the London 2012 Olympics, and if she will make a statement.  The Minister for the Olympics (Tessa […]