Political journalist and writer. Editor of Gerrymander and a commentator for bbench.co.uk. and The Speaker. Regular writer for Lib Dem Voice and Comment Central. Also seen in The London Magazine. Liberal centrist, anti-monarchist and anti-theist.
Boris Johnson reminds me of an old school bully of mine. Behind the confidence and malcontent facade of someone who knows he can exploit those less fashionable (my politics never helped) lies the hidden fragility. The pursuit of popularity and the insatiable desire to be liked create a deep personal weakness, the lack of authenticity or character, masked by the charade of charm and affability.
Amid the ongoing Brexit soliloquy, one of the stories that has scared many in the Westminster bubble is the idea that the Queen could take a role in deciding whether to prorogue Parliament to force through a no-deal. It is another sign of the large constitutional power that our unelected head of state has at her disposal.
Beethoven, Shostakovich and Musorgskyfrom Yannick Nézet-Séguin andthe Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestraimpress PATRICK MAXWELLThe anticipation that greeted the players of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra when they approached the stage of the Royal Albert Hall [BBC Proms, 30 July 2019] gave the sense that the audience was in for a treat.