HENRY DEEDES sees the Home Secretary talking tough about lockdown rule-breakers 

Enter The Enforcer. Priti Patel slowly click-clacked into yesterday’s Downing Street press conference, lower jaw out, forearms bared, camera lens fixed with her best ‘let’s be ‘avin’ ya’ glare. She had come to lay down the law. Too many people were flouting lockdown rules. Or, as she put it, ‘breachin’ regulations’. So once again the … Read more HENRY DEEDES sees the Home Secretary talking tough about lockdown rule-breakers 

HENRY DEEDES watches as the Chancellor loses his bonhomie

Doe-eyed Rishi Sunak axed the fluffy bunny act: HENRY DEEDES watches as the Chancellor loses his bonhomie By Henry Deedes for the Daily Mail Published: 23:27 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 23:36 GMT, 11 January 2021 Usually when Rishi Sunak announces he’s adding another couple of noughts to the country’s spiralling debt, he puts … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches as the Chancellor loses his bonhomie

HENRY DEEDES: What a moment! With Ursula’s ink barely dry, Boris’s toothy grin said… WE. ARE. OUT.

HENRY DEEDES: What a moment! With Ursula’s ink barely dry, Boris’s toothy grin said… WE. ARE. OUT. By Henry Deedes for the Daily Mail Published: 22:00 GMT, 30 December 2020 | Updated: 22:10 GMT, 30 December 2020 Boris Johnson has signed the deal that will allow Britain to break free of the EU, declaring it … Read more HENRY DEEDES: What a moment! With Ursula’s ink barely dry, Boris’s toothy grin said… WE. ARE. OUT.

HENRY DEEDES sees an uneasy Labour leader beam in from home for PMQs

As with most members of the legal profession, Sir Keir Starmer would crawl through an open sewer to hear the sound of his own voice. No topic is too obscure, too arcane, on which he would happily hold court.  Weighty matters of Human Rights jurisprudence, for example, or the finer points of the Equality Act. … Read more HENRY DEEDES sees an uneasy Labour leader beam in from home for PMQs

HENRY DEEDES watches as Matt Hancock cries on live TV

Gwyneth at the 1999 Oscars. Gazza at Italia 90. To that list of lip- wobbling blubberers, we can now add the name of Matthew Hancock. With the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, the Health Secretary was on Good Morning Britain yesterday to witness the first inoculations take place live on air. Of course he was! … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches as Matt Hancock cries on live TV

A croak, a cough, then hot tears of joy… HENRY DEEDES watches the Health Secretary weep on live TV

Gwyneth at the 1999 Oscars. Gazza at Italia 90. To that list of lip- wobbling blubberers, we can now add the name of Matthew Hancock. With the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, the Health Secretary was on Good Morning Britain yesterday to witness the first inoculations take place live on air. Of course he was! … Read more A croak, a cough, then hot tears of joy… HENRY DEEDES watches the Health Secretary weep on live TV

HENRY DEEDES watches Michael Gove’s deputy giving Parliament a Brexit update 

Good grief, the Commons was tense yesterday. Tauter than the strings on a well-tuned ukulele. With Brexit trade talks hanging by the flossiest of threads over in Brussels, the House had that subdued air of a hospital waiting room. As each hour passed, the atmosphere grew antsier. Jokes and jibes were in short supply. Penny … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Michael Gove’s deputy giving Parliament a Brexit update 

As the prefects guffawed, MPs stared daggers: HENRY DEEDES watches Matt Hancock announce Covid tiers

And so came the tiers. There was no actual blubbing in the chamber when Matt Hancock announced his post-lockdown restrictions yesterday. Some Tory MPs looked jolly close to turning on the waterworks though. Blimey, were they cross! The Health Secretary had just announced that all of them – barring members for Cornwall, the Isles of … Read more As the prefects guffawed, MPs stared daggers: HENRY DEEDES watches Matt Hancock announce Covid tiers

HENRY DEEDES sees the Chancellor outlining our economic emergency

Rishi Sunak has developed a flinty side. Unveiling his spending review yesterday, he displayed a grave, gritty mien. Previous Sunak speeches have been sadder affairs – all puppy-dog eyes and regretful delivery. But this time he coarsened his voice and stiffened his brow. He seemed older, weightier, more substantial. High office has hardened him. There … Read more HENRY DEEDES sees the Chancellor outlining our economic emergency