I HOPE readers will forgive me for swerving politics in this week’s column for a subject that is even closer to my heart than the intricacies of the Brexit negotiations. My daughter turns four today. This birthday feels symbolic, mostly because I now cannot ignore the fact that I am responsible for an Actual Child. I’m certain that this has contributed to the unusual levels of stress and out-of-character weepiness that have plagued me throughout March.
WE have barely heard a peep from Ruth Davidson since the UK government’s regional analysis on the impact of leaving the EU was leaked earlier in the month. She’s been AWOL in the media, and for a Tory power-player, she seems to have very little involvement in the Brexit negotiations and process thus far. So I was pleasantly surprised to see her back in our newspapers this week.
EVER since I stopped smoking, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick. After taking the necessary steps to clear the tar out of my lungs, I thought it would also be good idea to address the build up of goose-fat that had accumulated around my arteries. Reader; I joined the gym. Having avoided any kind of formal exercise for most of my adult life, I trudged along to my local leisure centre with a degree of wariness about what I’d be walking into.
Boris Johnson attempts to swerve a question about wife of a Putin minister paying £160,000 for a game of tennis with him. After being pressed again for an answer about whether the game took place, he replies: ''It did.'' #marrhttps://t.co/HaprsKvQrr
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