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Wednesday 27th August 2014
The Prime Minister has steered clear of the ice bucket challenge, but is the net now closing in on Ed Miliband?
Labour MP Stephen Twigg filmed himself being doused in ice cold water last week, and nominated his fellow Merseyside MPs Luciana Berger, Steve Rotherham and Ali McGovern.
Rising up the ladder, Labour’s leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, has also now taken up the challenge and has nominated Andy Burnham.
Dot is yet to hear whether the Shadow Health Secretary has accepted, but one man who has is the Shadow Chancellor. Ed Balls has tweeted that he will go for it on “Thursday AM”.
Surely none of Labour's top team would nominate their own leader...?
Friday 22nd August 2014
Labour’s Maria Eagle has brought in a man who once proposed an ‘eco Bank Holiday’ as her new adviser.
The Shadow Environment Secretary hired former Greenpeace employee and Fabian Society researcher Natan Doron.
His green Bank Holiday proposal would see Brits given a day off in the middle of the week to celebrate community environment projects.
Doron, who lives in north London, co-authored a report entitled ‘No Right Turn’ which urged the Party to stick to Miliband’s broadly left-of-centre ideals and won favour with Guardian columnist Owen Jones.
Judging by his most recent tweets, Doron is certainly a fan of Ed Miliband, describing the Labour leader’s career as “a series of hurdles with him underestimated before going on to triumph.”
Thursday 21st August 2014
JFK, Lincoln, Nixon... Clegg.
The Deputy Prime Minister is set to follow the American Presidents and be immortalised on film.
Channel 4 has announced it will screen a 90-minute-long drama depicting the life of Liberal Democrat leader in Government.
Acclaimed playwright James Graham will pen Coalition, which will depict the negotiations and machination that dominated the early days of the Conservative-Lib Dem Government.
The blurb for the one-off TV show states: “In May 2010, after decades of single party rule and amidst growing disillusionment, all eyes turned to one man. A man who found himself with the power to change the landscape of British politics - and his career - forever. But at what cost?”
Predictably, politicians and general wags have been keen to tweet about the news, using #CleggTheMovie
Among those touted for the role of Clegg were Sean Bean, Michael McFadyen and, um, Miranda Hart.
Ed Balls to play Ed Balls, in characteristically meta fashion. #cleggthemovie
— Kilian Bourke (@kilian_bourke) August 21, 2014
David Laws: Brian Blessed. #CleggtheMovie— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) August 21, 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014
Would you leave your children in the care of a political leader?
Mumsnet has done a poll for LBC of 1,000 people with the following topline results on which politician they would trust to look after their offspring:
Nick Clegg 58%, David Cameron 46%, Ed Miliband 44% and Nigel Farage… 2%.
Exactly what it is about the lunchtime-drinking, cigarette-smoking bon vivant Ukip leader that does not appeal to babysitter seekers is unclear. However, both Farage and Miliband might feel a bit miffed about the results, given they fell behind the man who has left his own daughter at the pub.
Monday 4th August 2014
Taking another opportunity to get away from his duties as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has turned his hand to cookery.
Boris enthrals readers of a new charity cookbook with his recipe for that most complex of dishes, cheese on toast.
Putting some chutney under the slabs of cheese before grilling is the Mayor’s top tip set to transform the way you eat this snack forever.
Mr Johnson, who was immortalised in cheese spread by an Islington-based food artist in 2011 [yes, we’ve really invested in this story], advises readers to cook the snack until it gets “nice and scabby”.
At the time of the London Olympics - in response to Government plans to tell people to work from home to avoid traffic chaos during the event – the Mayor dubbed home-workers "bludgers" who did nothing but eat cheese from the fridge all day.
Could this venture be an attempt to placate this crucial voting bloc ahead of a Tory leadership run post-2015? Probably not.