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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”

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Alex Salmond on Cameron, Clegg and Ed’s visit to Scotland today:

“If I thought they were coming by bus I’d send the bus fare”

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Alex Salmond on reneging on debt jokes:

“What are they going to do, invade?”

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Peak Roger Lord:

“Douglas Carswell is Nigel’s bitch; he will perpetually be picking up the political equivalent of prison soap”

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Speaking to Tory MPs last night, the PM mocked Bercow’s letter recommending Carol Mills for the Clerk job:

“What does he want me to do with this letter? Shall I just stuff it down the side of the sofa? Put it in the bin? Or shall we just forget we never received it?”

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Cameron outwits old soak Karl Turner at PMQs:

“I’m sure I’ll get all sorts of pleasant surprises on my birthday, so please don’t spoil it by telling me what they are.”

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Tim Harford in the FT:

“As human freedoms go, the freedom to take your custom elsewhere is not a grand or noble one – but neither is it one that we should abandon without a fight.”

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Hugo Rifkind in the Times:

“Something is different now. Antisemitism has always spiked when Israel deploys the Israeli Defence Force, but this time the ire is not confined to Israelis. Instead, far more than before, protesters are using, and twisting, the word “Zionists”. Many, even most, probably don’t mean any harm by it. Perhaps they see it as a narrowing term, a way to specifically not attack all Jews or even all Israelis, but merely those who wish to ethnically cleanse Palestine of Palestinians and put Jews there instead. The trouble is, “Zionism” doesn’t mean that. It’s a broad term and it refers to the simple fact of there being a Jewish homeland at all. Believe in a two-state solution? You’re a Zionist. Strive for a bi-national state? Also a Zionist. The United Nations is Zionist. Technically, even the Palestinian Authority is Zionist; that’s what the damn word means.”

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Mick Twister on Warsi:

Conservative Baroness Warsi

Is getting increasingly arsy

For now she’s resigned,

The Tories, we find,

Are white, male and too upper-classy.[…]

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Boris on Jo Johnson’s closeness to No.10:

“A little piece of me dies but otherwise I rejoice in his success.”[…]

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Knifed former civil service chief Bob Kerslake on his recent troubles:

“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”[…]

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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”[…]



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Paul Waugh asks Chuka Umunna if he wants children:

“It’s always something that my father taught me, which is really the bedrock of everything is your family and that’s true. My family and the people close to me keep me sane. Sometimes, things get blown up out of all proportion in this place and that’s always the reaction of my family, my girlfriend and my friends. I can use that to judge whether it really is that important.”

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