CSM EDITORIAL Last Wednesday night Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser, Lord Geidt, dramatically quit after conceding the Prime Minister may have broken the ministerial code over the Partygate scandal. In a statement released at the time, Geidt said: “With regret, I feel that it is right that I am resigning from my post as independent adviser on ministers’ interests.” Since his resignation Lord Geidt has been … Continue reading Lord Geidt’s Peculiar Wikipedia Entry
BY ALEX STORY “A boy without a winkle? God be praised, it’s a miracle,” Nurse exclaimed joyfully as she remembered the birth of Queen Elizabeth in Blackadder II. She then added “and then Sir Thomas More pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. And everyone was really disappointed”. Bells, the first episode of Blackadder II, aired on the BBC in January … Continue reading Last Days of the Asylum?
BY JOHN NASH On February 26th, regular readers of CSM will have enjoyed Roger Watson’s delightful spud-bashing memories of child slavery, reminding us all how comfortable UK life has become over the last seventy years or so. Without going as far as Monty Python’s funny Four Yorkshiremen sketch, things were harder then, but, because we are optimistic humans, two things happened. We have banned many dangerous and … Continue reading Greenwoke
CSM EDITORIAL The recent tweet by Lord Adonis that ‘if Boris goes, Brexit goes’ should merely remind so-called red wall voters that ‘when Boris goes and anyone half competent takes his place, Labour goes’. Remoaning caricatures like Adonis only play to their lounge – an echo chamber of increasing electoral irrelevance. He and the Gina Millers will be looked back on like the anti German … Continue reading If Boris Goes, Labour Goes
CSM EDITORIAL When Boris Johnson was Editor of The Spectator one of his superiors gave a well-known fixer open access to the magazine’s books and operations in the hope that he could fix the chaos that Boris had left in his wake. The content on the magazine was excellent but the operational mess was no longer avoidable. The fixer tried his best. A magazine is … Continue reading #Johnson
BY JOHN NASH This week, after a recent spell of malady, I was finally able once more to enjoy my frugal weekly treat – that of watching the amiable and extremely knowledgeable Charlie Jacoby on Fieldsports TV, whilst enjoying a small glass of amber fortitude in homage to the departed sunset. Unfortunately, my wrinkly euphoria was, without warning, most violently and rudely interrupted. I refer, of … Continue reading Something Rotten in the Den of State