Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

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BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day de­scended into farce when abra­sive pre­sen­ter Nick Robinson re­call­ing the Queen’s 1992 an­nus hor­ri­bilis got the year wrong, telling lis­ten­ers it was 1997. Worse, he ploughed on re­gard­less, in­ter­view­ing 1997 PM Tony Blair’s Rot­tweiler alas­tair Camp­bell about his non-ex­is­tent role ad­vis­ing the roy­als. at the time in 1992, Camp­bell was a bag­pipe-play­ing hack on the Daily Mir­ror. Nick only ac­knowl­edged his mis­take af­ter the ab­surd in­ter­view. Shouldn’t edi­tor Sarah Sands com­mis­sion a be­spoke clown’s cos­tume for the hap­less Robinson?

SPARE a thought for An­drew’s daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie, co-founder of the Anti-Slav­ery Col­lec­tive. ‘At any one time some­one is be­ing traf­ficked within a mile of where you live,’ she says on her web­site. ‘We of­ten as­so­ciate slav­ery with chains and shack­les, but mod­ern slav­ery is a hid­den crime that is of­ten hard to de­tect.’ How dad’s stub­born friend­ship with the dead pae­dophile Jef­frey Ep­stein must make her squirm.

VISI­TORS to Har­rods have been ser­e­naded with a piped mu­sic ver­sion of what sounds sus­pi­ciously like the so­cial­ist an­them The Red Flag. Have Cor­byn and McDonnell per­chance been to Santa’s Grotto ask­ing for a Christ­mas elec­tion vic­tory?

BROAD­CASTER Emma Freud, pic­tured, part­ner of Love Ac­tu­ally writer Richard Cur­tis, melts af­ter be­ing doorsteppe­d by Lon­don may­oral can­di­date Rory Ste­wart. ‘Opened the door to see this face,’ she coos. ‘Was like the mo­ment in Love Ac­tu­ally where Hugh Grant tries ev­ery door.’ Are we to pre­sume Rory has swoon­ing Emma’s vote?

BORIS is within forty-eight hours of avoid­ing the record as the short­est-serv­ing PM in his­tory. on Fri­day he will sur­pass Ge­orge Can­ning’s un­en­vi­able record of 119 days. If he loses the elec­tion he may only move up one place more to 53rd in the PM ten­ure rank­ings, be­hind Bonar Law (211 days).

US fem­i­nist lawyer Glo­ria Allred, call­ing for Prince An­drew to tes­tify to the FBI, should be fa­mil­iar to the Royal Fam­ily. She was the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing model Kelly Fisher when she claimed that Dodi Fayed was her fi­ance and that he had un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously ditched her for Princess Diana. The lit­i­ga­tion ceased when both Diana and Dodi died trag­i­cally weeks later.

AN­DREW’S TV sham­bles pro­vides a smidgen of com­fort for Prince Ed­ward, whose 1987 It’s a Royal knock­out event has surely been top­pled from the pin­na­cle of most dire royal TV per­for­mances. an­drew and his wife Sarah, along with Princess anne, took part in that tele­vi­sual fiasco. It was ve­toed at the time by the Queen’s then pri­vate sec­re­tary Sir Wil­liam He­sel­tine. He was over­ruled.

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