Andrea Leadsom picks her favourite Tory toy boys

Among the humiliations for Paul Williams in his run to become Hartlepool MP was the revelation that he had asked Twitter who their “favourite Tory milf” was in 2011. Some went a tad overboard in their criticism of it, with Shami Chakrabarti, Baroness Whitewash, calling it “unacceptable misogynistic abuse”.

In the spirit of equality, Marchamont wonders if the high-brows would react similarly if a female politician was similarly lewd. It is therefore interesting to hear the recent remarks of Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP and previous leadership hopeful.

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The mad WHO plan to change Covid variant names

It is often fairly said that battles over wokery are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided an example of political correctness gone mad and doing bad.

In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the media spent much time debating whether it was racist to call it the ‘Wuhan’ or ‘Chinese’ virus. Similar offence-seeking has prompted stories that British prime minister Boris Johnson called it ‘kung flu’.

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Ep. 185: Classic Dom Redux

Following Dominic Cummings spectacular trip to a parliamentary select committee, we discuss his legacy, the impact on the government, and whether Boris Johnson got hitched later as a distraction. We then tackle the BBC’s prospects in the wake of the Martin Bashir and Princess Diana scandal, and look back on the year since George Floyd’s murder.

Joining us is a wordy and unreadable blogpost.

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Fleet Street’s dubious support for meritocracy

The meritocracy is striking back. Responding to years of denouncement from Ivy League academics and leftish wonks, Adrian Wooldridge is about to publish The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World.

The Economist hack has taken to various newspapers to state his case that meritocracy is in fact good ahead of the book’s launch. Writing in the Times on Monday, he said modern societies are “outraged at the mere smell of nepotism or favouritism or discrimination.”

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The TimeSplitters reboot revives one of gaming’s great underdogs

Last week the news snuck out that the classic first-person shooter TimeSplitters is being rebooted. What’s more, the game will be made by a revived Free Radical Design, staffed by two of the original studio’s founders, David Doak and Steve Ellis.

The entertainment industry is no stranger to reworking old intellectual property. Some would argue that it is rather too reliant on it, given the churn of Call of Duty and FIFA titles each year. But there is something special about Free Radical.

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