As new instances of the strife inside the Conservative party come to light on a near-daily basis, Anthony Mangnall has joined the frontlines of Tory warfare. The MP was speaking at a fundraiser in the exclusive Cavalry club in Mayfair, with William Hague as the main guest. In his remarks Mangnall made reference to Matt Hancock’s time in the jungle – reusing his old material from PMQs.
He then moved on to suggest other TV programmes where his colleagues might appear. For Kwasi Kwarteng he proposed Homes Under the Hammer – “given he has done so much damage to the housing market”. Jacob Rees-Mogg was assigned Antiques Roadshow. And for Liz Truss… Pointless.
William Hague tells Times Radio that Channel 4 privatisation could be a good thing…
“It partly depends what you do with the money. If this raises a billion pounds, and it’s meant to go to support Creative Industries, as part of our levelling up agenda. Well, if that’s spent effectively, that will be a good thing. It’s meant to remain a public service broadcaster, which means that there will be obligations continued to be placed on it, and it will be able to raise more capital as a private company, which does help it to compete in the future. So those are the arguments in favour of doing it. There are good arguments the other way, but on the whole I favour private ownership when possible.”
Guido hears it’s full steam ahead for the Museum of Brexit. Having gained charitable status in April, the museum has been busy collecting donations and amassing display items ready for the expected opening in roughly 18 months’ time. Whilst a final location is yet to be decided, the long list of over 30 potential sites has now been narrowed to 3 (all of which are outside London), and museum organisers are now waiting on key financial backers to visit the areas and give final approval. Once the decision has been made, it’s expected that building renovations will take at least a year.
Guido’s told the museum will be emulate the style of a US presidential library: a mixture of exhibitions, documents, and archival data. There’ll be a full-time curator to manage and preserve the inventory, which will be presented in a ‘balanced‘ way for posterity. Among the items will be hundreds of political cartoons and paintings from the Brexit Wars, original copies of Farage’s handwritten speech notes, and even a “William Hague Victory!” mug from 2001. A rare artefact indeed…
William Hague tells Sophy Ridge…
“I’m hoping to hear that before too long the great majority of restrictions on people can be lifted… I think if we are going to reach the point, perhaps in April, where everybody over the age of 50 has had the opportunity to be vaccinated and the number of cases of Covid is down to a very low level, the sort of level we last saw in the middle of the summer last year – if both of those things have happened by some time in April, then there wouldn’t be much justification for keeping most of the restrictions on people.”
Employees at high-end consultancy Teneo Blue Rubicon were surprised to receive an email from CEO Gordon Tempest-Hay kicking up a stink about recent office antics. The boss puts staff on notice to clean up their behaviour after a series of recent drunken incidents. Culminating in someone – “I can’t put this any less bluntly” – doing a poo in the office shower:
Subject: Office etiquette
I’m well aware that what follows only applies to a small percentage of us but as I don’t know exactly who that small % is and, as things are getting out of hand, it’s time for a word. Over the few weeks, we have had:
- Someone get drunk and throw up over the carpet (they’ve apologised, but still)
- Someone – I can’t put this any less bluntly – poo in the shower
- Someone mess their underwear and leave it for the cleaner
- A Friday bar getting completely out of hand akin to a drinking competition for a bunch of clubbing teens
Not only are these things inappropriate for a workplace but it is totally unacceptable to expect our lovely cleaning lady to clear up the resultant mess.
Please treat this place properly or we’ll have to withdraw the showers and stop the bar.
Guido thought he would do some of the dirty work and assist them in identifying some possible culprits. Could it be:
Hopefully that will help them get to the bottom of the matter as quickly as possible…