thread in yet other news...
The Spaniard and I were at Letters Live at the Albert Hall last night, and therefore saw Rory Stewart resigning from the Conservative Party without realising that he actually meant it...
permalink It's only so he can
run for Mayor, all the way from Penrith.
permalink Indeed,
Letters Live was absolutely extraordinary.

They never announce who's reading in advance, or what the letters will be.

We got funny stuff, incredibly moving, even gruelling stuff, famous letter writers, ordinary people. Letters by Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Toni Morrison, Marcel Proust, Patti Smith, Roald Dahl, Emmeline Pankhurst, the Queen Mother and many more, including an Austalian bloke who claimed to have eaten more kinds of meat than anyone else.

Read by Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Asim Choudry, Alan Carr, Jude Law, Florence Welch, Taika Waititi, Louise Brealey, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Olivia Coleman among others.

What an extraordinary evening.
permalink And in case you haven't picked it up...
The letter Rory Stewart read was from a master at Eton to Stanley Johnson, complaining about what a lazy entitled little shit teenage Boris was and how he clearly thought the system didn't apply to him...
permalink Aye, someone tweeted
it last week, Johnson was and always will be a horrible little cunt.
permalink That sounds amazing
permalink It was fucking awesome.

Previous events:

And utterly extraordinarily...

It's an amazing event. One of the best nights out imaginable.

permalink I really cannot recommend it highly enough
They do it now and again, around the UK and beyond...
permalink He'll still be a tory though.
I got Spotify premium with my phone contact, I'm rather enjoying the Speaker Testing Tracks playlist by Cambridge audio.
permalink oh yes.
Some sort of independent conservative or something.
permalink fifth place in the mayoral election
after a spectacularly ill-judged pivot to outright Islamophobia in a mistaken belief that cab drivers are significant proportion of London's voters
permalink I think the funny thing about Rory Stewart
is that he's just a normal tory. In a John Major, middle of the road (by tory standards) nothing terribly exciting vein.

He only looks in any way exceptional thanks to the take over of the party by the criminally insane...25 years ago we wouldn't even have noticed him
permalink Entirely agreed
He's an old-school Tory twat. Just looks eminently reasonable in the context of the maniacs that run the show these days...
permalink He has a steak of honesty that is certainly
Different from current counts

And also not entirely from the playbook of the old school Tories, though they may have gone that way in these circumstances