Bette Davis as Theresa May and Marilyn as Ivanka

“The general atmosphere is very Macbeth-ish. What has or is about to happen?”
“Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”




#BrummieRevolution (What’s the point of hashtag, I ask myself, when the concept is so obscure!)

The sage of Birmingham



The new prime minister’s speech to the Tory conference in October (in Birmingham, as it happens) should be a Chamberlainite symphony. Renewal, a think-tank founded in 2013 to promote working-class Toryism, is emerging as the new regime’s brains trust.


Mr Timothy’s analysis of his party—that it can appear not to “give a toss about ordinary people”—is accurate. The Cameroons’ brand of modernisation owed too much to noblesse oblige, to a vision of society that treated the welfare state as the institutional equivalent of giving one’s gardener a Christmas bonus.