Pandemic and war, like two horsemen of the Apocalypse, leave the Chancellor scrabbling for a response.
Harry Potter’s creator is a natural rebel who likes nothing better than a good fight.
By allying itself with trans activists, and trying to terrify its opponents into silence, it has alienated many feminists.
In the weeks before recess, trans rights activists became more vocal in their efforts to stop Truss’s reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
And he asks: why did the Women and Equalities Select Committee choose an adviser open to the charge of being parti pris?
Plus: I upset Plaid. I recommend Matt Forde’s TV series. And: will a ticket to Norwich cost me £27.10 or £103.10?
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For all the Government’s failures, she was making a bold, brave argument. It may offend the zeitgeist within the M25, but it resonates in the bigger Britain.
The Employment Minister understands how vulnerable many people are, and that to find work they need help and encouragement, not just rugged individualism.
Plus: Up yours, Amazon. Secrets of Thanet South. Up yours, Lutfur. Plus: The madness of sacking Graeme Archer. And: Is Andy Murray Scottish, after all?