HENRY DEEDES: Bubbles? The way he speaks, Gavin Williamson sounded like he was trying to blow one! 

Everyone’s got a sound that drives them potty. For some, it’s that slow chomp of a train passenger munching their egg sandwiches.  For others, it’s the spine-shivering screech of a shopping trolley’s tyres against the supermarket linoleum. Mine’s listening to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in the Commons. Goodness it’s an ordeal. Reading his statement, Williamson … Read more HENRY DEEDES: Bubbles? The way he speaks, Gavin Williamson sounded like he was trying to blow one! 

HENRY DEEDES: Bubbles? The way he speaks, Gavin Williamson sounded like he was trying to blow one! 

Everyone’s got a sound that drives them potty. For some, it’s that slow chomp of a train passenger munching their egg sandwiches.  For others, it’s the spine-shivering screech of a shopping trolley’s tyres against the supermarket linoleum. Mine’s listening to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in the Commons. Goodness it’s an ordeal. Reading his statement, Williamson … Read more HENRY DEEDES: Bubbles? The way he speaks, Gavin Williamson sounded like he was trying to blow one! 

HENRY DEEDES: Boris was fizzier than a can of Vimto, splurging cash and back to his best

Hard hat? Check. Oversized high-vis jacket? Check. Daft stunt in hardcore heavy machinery? Check, check, check. With a crash and a bang and a no small wallop, Boris Johnson rolled into the West Midlands yesterday to outline his ‘new deal’ plans for the economy. Finally, a chance to blow away some of those coronavirus cobwebs … Read more HENRY DEEDES: Boris was fizzier than a can of Vimto, splurging cash and back to his best

HENRY DEEDES: Boris was fizzier than a can of Vimto, splurging cash and back to his best

Hard hat? Check. Oversized high-vis jacket? Check. Daft stunt in hardcore heavy machinery? Check, check, check. With a crash and a bang and a no small wallop, Boris Johnson rolled into the West Midlands yesterday to outline his ‘new deal’ plans for the economy. Finally, a chance to blow away some of those coronavirus cobwebs … Read more HENRY DEEDES: Boris was fizzier than a can of Vimto, splurging cash and back to his best

HENRY DEEDES watches Boris Johnson announcing pubs reopening

You’d have thought a royal baby had been announced, such were the throaty gargles of pleasure which went up in the Commons. Sir Desmond Swayne even parped a rejoiceful: ‘Hallelujah!’ All around the chamber, cherry red noses twitched with delight. Some members grinned like Euromillions winners, while others exchanged satisfied winks as if to say … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Boris Johnson announcing pubs reopening

HENRY DEEDES on the Foreign Secretary’s newfound sense of humour 

People seem weary of Dominic Raab. Too uncaring, they shudder. Too robotic. Something about those deep set eyes which just leaves them cold. It is true that his remarks yesterday criticising Black Lives Matter supporters for taking the knee were remarkably charmless.  So too was his Tory leadership campaign last year. Watching his speeches I … Read more HENRY DEEDES on the Foreign Secretary’s newfound sense of humour 

HENRY DEEDES watches the Opposition leader taking Boris Johnson to task for dumping Dfid

Teeth flashing, eyebrows arched stiffly like two bows stretched at full twang, in a hot and humid House of Commons Labour’s Sarah Champion was not happy. She was unleashing a torrent of anger over the Prime Minister’s decision to merge the Department for International Development (Dfid) with the Foreign Office. It was ‘incredulous’ that the … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches the Opposition leader taking Boris Johnson to task for dumping Dfid

HENRY DEEDES watches the Opposition leader taking Boris Johnson to task for dumping Dfid

Teeth flashing, eyebrows arched stiffly like two bows stretched at full twang, in a hot and humid House of Commons Labour’s Sarah Champion was not happy. She was unleashing a torrent of anger over the Prime Minister’s decision to merge the Department for International Development (Dfid) with the Foreign Office. It was ‘incredulous’ that the … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches the Opposition leader taking Boris Johnson to task for dumping Dfid

HENRY DEEDES watches Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick face the music 

Who was this cheery chap arriving in the Commons with a nod and a wink and a cheery ‘wot ho’? Why, it was Robert Jenrick, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Or the current minister, at any rate. His cheeks were flushed peony pink, his brow a frown-free zone. As he waited for departmental … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick face the music 

Donald Trump went folksy, he loves helping Boris Johnson: HENRY DEEDES watches Global Vaccine Summit

Colourful outfits, jazzy production values and a telegenic anchor who, despite technical difficulties, never let her Colgate smile drop once.  Despite the serious nature of the Global Vaccine Summit, there was a welcome hint of Eurovision about proceedings. Welcome because the virtual conference, which aimed to raise $7.4billion for global vaccines over the next five … Read more Donald Trump went folksy, he loves helping Boris Johnson: HENRY DEEDES watches Global Vaccine Summit