PMQs: Cameron demands more ‘butchness’ in politics

So PMQs is back, and everyone looks surprisingly happy and smiley. Clearly two-month-long summer holidays are good for people; maybe the Government should think about putting that in policy for the rest of us. Anyway, it was the usual irrelevant back-and-forth (“He’s dithering!” “No, HE’S dithering!” “It’s behind you!” “I’m telling Mum!”, “Baaaaaa!”, and so…

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, thinks homeopathy works

Sorry, spotted this shortly after I published my last Jeremy Hunt post, but I think it’s important. The man put in charge of the nation’s health policy is on record as supporting spending public money on magic water to cure disease. Here’s the text of an Early Day Motion he signed in 2007: That this…

Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary: are you kidding?

Take a bow, Mystic Chivers. Regular readers (hi Mum, etc) will remember that I wrote a piece back in May saying that we could be “seeing the last of Jeremy ‘Shifty Tintin’ Hunt”. For the record, not only are we not “seeing the last” of the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, but the bequiffed gaffe-monster…

Paul Ryan, imaginary marathon man

Here’s a weird thing I learned this morning. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential nominee, recently claimed to have run a marathon in less than three hours: “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something,” he said in a radio interview. The magazine Runners’ World was understandably intrigued by this. Sub-three hours, for…

Why true love isn’t just a lucky dip

This was in Saturday’s paper, but for reasons that will become obvious I didn’t have the time to publish it here, so I hope you won’t mind my putting it up late. This week, one of the great writers of the internet generation, Randall Munroe, has been musing on the statistics of soul mates. What,…