News that David Beckham was suggested for a Sports Minister job has caused much hilarity across the land — but unease in the offices of Whitehall. It has given beleaguered ministers, whose positions are precarious at the best of times, something else to worry about. Something BIG to worry about. Something bigger than the pandemic, … Read more As George Osborne admits he considered Beckham for high office, JAN MOIR reveals her picks
As the Government jumps from one Covid mishap to another, Labour is frothing at the mouth at the Tories’ use of private companies to solve its logistical problems. In particular, Serco has been singled out by Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, for being one of the biggest private provider of Government services. Certainly … Read more ANDREW PIERCE: Will Labour curb the fat cats in own their back yard?
Michael Gove is to the Tory Party what Mikhail Suslov was to the Soviet Communist Party in the 1960s and 1970s. Chief ideologue and brainbox. But whereas Suslov was a hardliner and extreme authoritarian, Mr Gove was, until recently, seen as a social liberal and libertarian. One did not associate him with the expansion of … Read more STEPHEN GLOVER: Why has Michael Gove turned into such a zealot for lockdowns?
The breaking up of a public protest by police is not pretty to see. But there was something particularly unpleasant about the scene I witnessed last week outside the gates of the House of Commons. As I looked out of a window on to Parliament Square, I noticed a group of officers confronting an elderly … Read more CHARLES WALKER MP: My outrage over anti-lockdown protest clampdown
Will Sir Keir’s biography find his Northern soul? Skeletons in the Labour leader’s closet will start rattling, writes ANNA MIKHAILOVA By Anna Mikhailova For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:01 GMT, 28 November 2020 | Updated: 02:50 GMT, 29 November 2020 Skeletons in Sir Keir Starmer’s closet will start rattling with the news that several … Read more ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Will Sir Keir’s biography find his Northern soul?
Kent is steeped in history. For hundreds of years, houses such as Hever Castle and Penshurst Place have hosted power politics and palace intrigue. More recently, they attract visitors from all over the world to see the haunts of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. They should be welcoming more people today, but they are not. The … Read more The PM needs to show us evidence that sacrifices we are making are worth it, writes MP TOM TUGENDHAT
Last week a dejected Tory MP was sitting in the House of Commons lobby when the Prime Minister appeared. ‘He saw me and said, ‘Don’t worry. Everything will be all right in the end,’ the former Minister recounted, ‘then just ambled off.’ Things are not going to be all right. It was left to Rishi … Read more DAN HODGES: It’s time Tory MPs told Boris that stumbling from lockdown to lockdown isn’t a strategy
No doubt like many of you, I have spent the last few days trying to get my head around the Government’s latest response to coronavirus, and the fact that, for the most part, it seems to have gone down like a dry cough in a crowded train carriage. And I’ve concluded that, when it comes … Read more Why have Boris’s tiers gone down like a dry cough on a busy train? Asks SARAH VINE
After a crisp winter walk in the glorious dales or high peaks of Derbyshire, nothing could be more natural than stopping for a restorative drink and hot lunch by the fire of a local pub. Yet incredibly, the Government has now declared this simple pleasure to be illegal. Because Derby and some other parts of … Read more DAILY MAIL COMMENT: This mass shutdown defies logic, Prime Minister
Well, that’s scuppered my plans for Christmas. I knew there would be a limit to the number of people I could invite, so I came up with the ripping wheeze of inviting the virus instead of the relatives. All of it. No problem with the seating plan. Some scientists have calculated that the amount of … Read more JOHN HUMPHRYS: Why is Boris Johnson treating us like children?