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Sunday 9th March 2014
It seems someone may have stepped in and had a word with the Work and Pensions Secretary as the previous monstrosity of “pathfindering” has now become “pathfinding”.
“You’re better pathfinding this out, making sure you learn the lessons, roll it out slower, then you gain momentum later on.”
Thursday 6th March 2014
The Prime Minister’s generous decision to illustrate what a phonecall is has, for some reason, not gone down very well on Twitter.
And on and on it went.
But could Cam simply have been trying to pave the way for a new, post-2016 special relationship with the person who might be the next US President? After all, the PM’s pose does have a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 3am call ad...
Thursday 27th February 2014
After Chancellor Merkel mentioned both cake and hot potatoes in her Downing Street press conference, you might have been forgiven for thinking that David Cameron had failed to feed her.
Not so. No 10 has helpfully released the menu for lunch.
Starter: Beetroot and goats curd salad to start, with a citrus dressing
Main course: Roast fillet of Newlyn stone bass with potatoes, broccoli and beans.
Dessert: Fruit and ice cream
There was no word on the drinks menu so we may never know if Chancellor Merkel was treated to a foaming pint of English beer like Francois Hollande.
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Labour and the Lib Dems have been playing footsie for weeks over a possible post-2015 tryst. But after this morning’s reports that David Cameron is preparing to rule out Coalition Mark II, has the LibLab romance rapidly intensified?
One lucky Labour MP's office has been receiving gushing emails from Lib Dem high command for months praising their hard work and commitment.
But the memos, Dot understands, are actually meant for a Lib Dem peer – who shares a strikingly similar name to a Labour member of staff.
Despite the indignant researcher’s repeated insistence that they are not, and never have been, a Lib Dem, the doting dispatches keep on coming. And the poor staffer’s jaw hit the floor when they arrived in the office this morning to see the following mysterious missive from Paddy Ashdown:
“That was great last night. Thanks for how much you put into it.”
But who is the phantom Lib Dem Ashdown can't pin down? Dot couldn't possibly comment.
Friday 21st February 2014
Could this be the new front in the Balls vs Osborne battle?
The Shadow Chancellor has laid down the gauntlet for Osborne to run the London Marathon to go alongside his new diet.
The “portly” Balls told the Sun: “Now we learn he’s trying to get into shape, maybe he’ll join me in running it this year?”
If he does take up the challenge, the Chancellor will have to get through the course in under 5h 14m to beat his rival. Or, if he’s feeling really competitive, under 3h 30m to beat Labour’s Jim Murphy.