<strong>Dear Rupert</strong> I've been a big fan over the years. I've enjoyed your witty asides, acerbic observations, and the time you got us all thrown out of a club for 'inappropriate dancing'. In fact, despite your ubiquity, you are consistently more funny than average (if your sample includes Sarah Teather, as she brings down the mean).
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Bobby Friedman is a journalist and writer. He is the author of "Bercow: Rowdy Living in the Tory Party", the first biography of the Speaker of the House of Commons, which was published in 2011. He has also worked as a journalist for the BBC for a number of years, appearing as a presenter and reporter on TV and radio and as a producer on BBC Newsnight. He is a former President of the Cambridge Union
However many classical or sporting analogies he cites, whatever his chances of being reincarnated as an olive really are, we all know that Boris would kill to be prime minister. But then, the same is true of almost every single minister and the vast majority of MPs.
27/03/2013 12:46 GMT
Ed Miliband has been on the up. That's not saying much of course, because the starting point was that the public thought of him as a brother-knifing, out-of-touch geek who was largely incompetent (except at knifing his brother, that is).
24/01/2013 14:55 GMT
I can understand why Cameron is in some ways reluctant to deal with Mr Farage. What the Ukip leader has been doing, very cleverly, is to move his party onto the ground left empty by the prime minister's push for the centre.
07/01/2013 22:18 GMT
The problem is that Ed has just admitted that he is putting money into the coffers of Amazon - a company identified as a legal tax avoider and which many members of his party (and others) have promised to boycott.
12/12/2012 12:08 GMT
Hall's appointment provides a very good reminder of why big decisions should not be made on the basis of irrelevant factors like where someone went to school. Just as a candidate should not be promoted because of an old school tie, he should not be strangled because of it either.
22/11/2012 18:56 GMT
Each and every death is a tragedy, but these killings do not inform us about the underlying reasons for a conflict. Unfortunately, civilians are perhaps as likely to die at the hands of the well-intentioned as at the hands of the terrorist.
19/11/2012 10:57 GMT
It's all too easy to pretend you're on the side of the righteous when you're naming names, but if you have no idea whether you're in fact spreading a grave libel rather than exposing the truth, you are doing nobody a public service.
11/11/2012 14:36 GMT
The occasion is what counts - and an appreciation that if you don't provide enough of an deterrent, more and more people will start creating public dangers and destroying sporting events in the name of meaningless causes. Call this elitist if you will, but at least my name's not Trenton.
21/10/2012 11:47 BST
For John Bercow, it will be an uncomfortable and embarrassing time. He'll be grateful that Parliament is in recess as that will provide some respite
07/08/2011 10:26 BST
In looking at the 2012 Olympic legacy, all of those making the decisions seemed unable to see the wood for the trees. We need not give in to the thrall of the Premier League and of football and all its glories.
18/07/2011 13:33 BST
The hacking scandal might be dominating the news agenda at the moment, but that should not mask the fact that the force's day to day concerns go far further than the activities of News International and the other members of the press.
17/07/2011 23:48 BST
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