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16 Nov 2018POLITICS, BREXIT, GENERAL PUBLIC
TOMORROW: THE FIRST POST EXCLUSIVE
The terrible truth behind the general public’s Brexit shambles
With the British people in complete disarray over Brexit, politicians from all parties talk to Tamsin Duluth of their despair. ‘We’ve never known a time like it,’ they say. ‘We are being asked to respond clearly to the indecision and contrary demands of the general public’
‘If only they could work together instead of squabbling among themselves, then we might get somewhere,’ a senior Cabinet Minister tells Tamsin. ‘If they cannot agree on a deal then they should just stand down.’
9 Nov 2018police, society
‘In all my years in the force I have never ever seen . . .’ Proposals to be put forward tomorrow by the Chief Constables’ Group Media Committee call for ‘more police chief and less police grief’. The committee has issued new draft guidelines which will excuse officers expressing grief, emotion or sympathy with victims of crimes or accidents in the course of media conferences and presentations. ‘This will spare them what has become known as “condolence duties”,’ says a spokesman for the committee. ‘This is not what they are trained for and it is too much to expect of them.’
Fighting is what happens when people carry on playing after you have taken away the ball
2 Nov 2018television, newsnight
BBC 2’s Newsnight programme has still failed to sort out its Opinion caption shambles. The excellent idea has come adrift because of a complete presentational failure.
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18 NOV 2018POLITICS, WILDLIFE, PENGUINS, BREXIT
Multiple penguins from a colony in Antartica are on their way to the UK in a bid to rescue the British Prime Minister. One of the six-strong organising committee (pictured above) said, ‘Theresa May is in a helluva hole and we aim to get her out of it.’ Their plan has come under heavy criticism from Parliamentary insiders who believe it is inappropriate for outsiders to intervene in the natural order of Westminster politics. ‘It may seem cruel,’ said one Tory MP, ‘but it is wrong to prolong suffering – you have to let nature take it’s course.’
13 Nov 2018JON SNOW, EMILY MAITLIS, EVAN DAVIS, SHAMI CHAKrabarti
Censorious, undoubting, forever correct, smugly certain, they are an ever-growing force in our society. TAMSIN DULUTH charts The Rise and Rise of the Alt Righteous
TOMORROW in THE SECOND POST
10 Nov 2018SOCIETY, ENTERTAINMENT, TELEVISION
How I joined the Boxed Set Set In a mirror image of the book club movement, suddenly everyone is talking seriously about teleivion. In next week’s The Second Post Lulu Shayler joins one of the new groups of enthusiasts that meet regularly intervals to discuss TV series.
3 Nov 2018
RETAIL, HIGH STREET,
Perry Armitage, who transformed the high street with his introduction of his ‘rolling retail’ concept in which premises were hosted by different retailers each day of the week.
OBITUARY, PUBLISHING, Basil de Waal, the first publisher routinely to credit his editors at the front of his books.
Lee Peel, Theatre director who became rich on his living window displays in department stores in New York and London.
22 Nov 2018united arab emirates, matthew hedges, justice Following the sentencing of Matthew Hedges to life imprisonment, a representative of the United Arab Emirates justice ministry is to give a lecture at 6pm this evening on Jewel in the Sand – Justice in the UAE. The talk is scheduled to end at three minutes past six.
5 Nov 2018
TRENDING, MUSIC, HANDEL, FIREWORKS
‘Just heard the last bit of George H’s Firework Music. It really blew me away.’
Tweet found near Vauxhall Gardens on 21 April 1749
QUOTE OF THE DAY
8 Nov 2018BIG BROTHER, PRIVACY‘Stop staring at me!’
Big Brother in an angry exchange with members of the general public in Hemel Hempstead last Tuesday.
‘I used to work for myself, but I fell out with my employer’
– Reggie Peplow
12 Nov 2018COOKERY, MAIN, BEEF
BOEUF SANS CROUTE
Here is another good recipe which cuts out all that pastry nonsense. Contrary to ‘accepted wisdom’ I believe it is perfectly accptable to serve a fillet of beef without a pastry tourniquet.
(Taken from Jacaranda Finch’s High Cooking, the No-nonsense Book of Haute Cuisine Ravelin Books £7.99)
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