Varadkar Playing With Fire

BY SEAN FLYNN The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently admitted that “we (Irish) should be afraid” of a no deal Brexit taking place. Meanwhile Irish businesses, like the alcohol industry, have warned that a no-deal Brexit could see Irish jobs at risk, businesses shut down and expensive ­tariffs tacked on to drinks. A report from the Central Bank of Ireland (ICB) has also predicted that a no-deal … Continue reading Varadkar Playing With Fire

Plot or Die

BY JAMIE FOSTER The expression “falling between two stools” is an old proverbial phrase. The full version is ‘between two stools one falls to the ground’. It is first cited in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, 1390: “Thou farst [farest] as he betwen tuo stoles That wolde sitte and goth to grounde.” The first recorded use in modern English is in Matthew Prior’s comic poem Alma; or, The … Continue reading Plot or Die

Send for Tice

BY ROBERT FOX Boris Johnson’s opening days at Number 10 have seen encouraging steps in the party’s recovery from Theresa May’s disastrous leadership. The appointment of Brexiteers to key Cabinet positions is finally allowing true believers to deliver Brexit, whilst the installation of the Thatcherite Sajid Javid to the Treasury will also be popular amongst traditional Tory voters. Other measures, such as a serious willingness … Continue reading Send for Tice

Too Early for Champagne?

BY TIM DAWSON Boris or Hunt? Neither can be worse than Theresa May. Today, everything changes. Or rather, everything changes unless for some reason the Conservative Party has taken leave of its senses and decided to elect Jeremy Hunt as its new leader. There is nothing actually wrong with Mr Hunt. In person, he is charming, emollient even, and in ordinary times, with everything running … Continue reading Too Early for Champagne?

Priapic Boris Under Fire

BY ALEXIA JAMES And so it begins… The personal attacks on Boris Johnson via the usual enemies (Guardian, New Statesman, Mirror, Remain etc) have begun in earnest. A late-night row with his girlfriend recorded through a wall by an individual with the Guardian on speed-dial, who called the police because of the noise Boris and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds were making, is the first attempt … Continue reading Priapic Boris Under Fire

Wheels Fall off BBC

CSM EDITORIAL The imam who questioned the Tory Leadership candidates on last night’s BBC debate has since been suspended by his employer – a school where he worked as Deputy Head – for antisemitic tweets. Meanwhile, another questioner, Aman Thakar, asked the Tory contenders if they would be a legitimate Prime Minister should they win – Thakar turned out to be a Labour Party council candidate in … Continue reading Wheels Fall off BBC

Just Give it to Boris

CSM EDITORIAL Possibly there are only six things standing in the way of Boris Johnson’s triumphant entry into Number 10 Downing Street: the vanity of the five remaining candidates and Boris’ ability to put his foot in it (no doubt nervous Sir Lynton Crosby has considered using an electric dog collar on Johnson as the days of this leadership election pass). Just give the keys … Continue reading Just Give it to Boris