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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.
Monday 28th July 2014
After making remarks last week that put him at odds with the Conservative party, the government whip Lord Popat appeared to have mispoken in the House of Lords today by calling the HS3 rail line a "floating idea".
Lord Popat made the comments in response to a written question by Lord Holmes who asked a question about the high-speed line.
"We need to unlock the economic potential of our northern cities, the cities of the north are individually strong but collectively not strong enough and therefore the floating idea of the chancellor to have an HS3 was something welcomed but we have a lot of work to do on that."
Thursday 24th July 2014
How to win public support for spending money on Parliament’s artwork?
It’s a tricky question, but the House of Lords may have come across a good answer today – bash the French.
During a question on the restoration of the murals in the Royal Gallery, which include depictions of the battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar, peers decided to have a bit of fun at the expense of a certain Francois Hollande. Lord Cormack suggested inviting the French president along as guest of honour for a ceremony to mark the restoration of the works of art – an idea that got plenty of support from the rest of the House.
Sadly, Lord Sewel, the chairman of committees, said he would “tread lightly” on the plan.
Labour’s Lord West rued the focus on the Anglo-French conflicts, instead calling for a commemoration of the Battle of Jutland.
“I have noticed around the Palace of Westminster that nearly all the paintings of battles seem to be us defeating the French, which seems a little mean, considering we have fought most nations in the world.” A fair point, really.
Lord Sewel offered a very honest response: “I’m certainly going to duck that one.”