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Sunday 24th November 2013
What to make of Ed Miliband's Desert Island Discs selection?
The Labour leader's choice includes tunes from the likes of Edith Piaf, A-Ha and Robbie Williams.
Writing in the Observer, one rather cruel hack says the eight selections have "a warped sincerity about them" and "you can only conclude that he doesn't do music".
Over at the Indy, Oliver Wright notes that Ed has dropped “A New England” by Billy Bragg from a provisional list drawn up three years ago.
As Dot recalls, that song's chorus goes: "I don't want to change the world / I'm not looking for a new England."
Clearly, Ed has had a change of heart. He does want to change the world after all.
The choices are in full below:
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – South African National Anthem
The Ballad of Joe Hill – Paul Robeson
Take on Me – A-Ha
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Angels – Robbie Williams
Change of time – Josh Ritter
Je ne regrette rien – Edith Piaf
For his luxury item, Ed chose a chicken tikka masala and his book was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Sunday 17th November 2013
There’s only one real issue dominating Murnaghan’s agenda-setting show – Miley Cyrus’ upcoming performance on the X Factor.
So, what do the guests think of her antics?
Well, William Hague observed that he had some rather more pressing concerns on his plate at the moment: “I’ve got enough on in pursuing a campaign on sexual violence in conflict, dealing this week on Sri Lanka, there are issues on Iran and Syria. I’m not going to stray into the X Factor. I’m really not.”
Mercifully, the Foreign Secretary remembered he was a politician and gave a message of goodwill to all X Factor viewers: “I wish everyone well watching it later on.” A few more votes in the bag for 2015 there.
The winner of the Miley Cyrus debate, however, was Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley, who had never heard of “Miley Cyprus”, but he reassured the Murnaghan audience that he was aware of Madonna.
“I will obviously have to watch some of these things,” he added.
Tuesday 12th November 2013
The entrance to the House of Commons was subjected to a lengthy security alert today at lunchtime and many staffers were baffled just why there was an effective lock-down.
But it seems that the culprit was a humble bottle of aftershave...which just happened to be shaped like a hand grenade. An impeccable source tells us that the cologne was picked up by scanners at the St Stephen's visitors entrance and the security staff acted swiftly.
There's only one male grooming product on the market that really appears to fit the bill: the Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf. A bottle of Spicebomb caused a major security alert at Edinburgh airport in August last year too.
It's not known if the offending parfum was handed back to its owner. Or whether he was embarrassed at causing such a stink - or just proud of his metrosexual taste in smelly stuff.
Tuesday 5th November 2013
The Boris for PM bandwagon has another member, with the latest figure to climb on board being none other than... Peter Stringfellow!
The aging adult entertainment maestro has set out his considered views on the current state of UK politics in an interview with the London Loves Business website.
He reckons that Boris hasn't done much as Mayor but could make a good deputy PM (at least) anyway.
“The one good thing that Boris has proved is that the less you do as the Mayor of London, the better you are. I can’t think of anything he’s done apart from the bicycles.... I think he will make a deputy PM, and maybe when Cameron has had enough, he may take over.”
He's less keen on the current deputy PM, Nick Clegg.
"When he’s left politics 10 years from now and is earning millions around the world, I’d be happy to hear his views then on taxing the rich – because he’s one of them. He’s mega, mega rich."
But his least fave of the current crop is Labour's Diane Abbott, who he cites as the most annoying politician in the land.
The Hackney MP is currently weighing up a bid for Mayor of London. Perhaps she will put that on her election literature.
Read the full interview here.
Friday 1st November 2013
All credit to Hatfield for living up to its name with this charity drive.
Whether or not the gnome wearing a hat and scarf being placed directly in front of Michael Howard's picture should be seen as a snub to the former Tory leader remains to be seen.
Incredible response from local community means 40% of our troops in Afghanistan will receive a woolly hat this winter pic.twitter.com/SBO4Dy4I9C— Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) November 1, 2013