May’s gift makes a big im­pres­sion

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver -

THERESA MAY doesn’t have much to laugh about at the mo­ment, but she man­aged to raise a win­try smile when told Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri of Ar­gentina had once choked on a fake mous­tache while do­ing a Fred­die Mer­cury im­pres­sion. Which ex­plains why the PM ar­rived at the G20 sum­mit in his coun­try bear­ing the gift of a book on Queen.

TREA­SURY Min­is­ter Liz Truss brought the house down with a joke­fest of a speech at last week’s Spec­ta­tor Par­lia­men­tar­ian of the Year Awards – but only af­ter first-choice speaker Sajid Javid pulled out. Ri­vals of would-be party leader Sajid sniped: ‘He backed out be­cause he re­alised he can’t tell a joke to save his life.’ No, in­sist al­lies of the Home Sec­re­tary – he was just too busy to at­tend.

WOE be­tide any Tories caught short dur­ing the key Com­mons Brexit vote on De­cem­ber 11. Dog hears that Chief Whip Ju­lian Smith is threat­en­ing to em­ploy a ruth­less ‘cloak­room and bog watch rou­tine’ to en­sure ev­ery loyal MP makes it to the ‘back May’ di­vi­sion lobby.

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