One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Nick Booth

Nick Booth

Nicholas Booth is a freelance technology writer
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Nick Booth: Only bigots question Diane’s emotional approach to maths

Here’s a question: Cressida Dick of the Met Police recruits 25,000 officers for four years in a row. How many extra coppers are on the beat? Yes, that’s right 10,000! Four times twenty five is ten, as any keen student of Dian-nomics will know. Are you one of those knuckle draggers who thought the answer […]


Nick Booth: The BBC is a candidate for a bonfire of the insanities

Broadcasting trade papers are reporting that the BBC has brought in mandatory carbon footprint rules. All independent programme makers will now have to log the carbon footprint of their output, using a calculation tool pioneered during the production of Eastenders by BBC Studios. So, if you’re an independent programme maker for the BBC, you have […]


Nick Booth: United Airlines blaze a trail for enforcers everywhere

A hit new cop show set in the world of airport enforcers has taken America by storm. Now the format for United Airlines PD Blue is set to be copied all over Europe. The BBC is especially keen to adapt the story of brutal enforcement of corporate power, taking money off people and giving nothing […]


Nick Booth: Brown and Balls are two unlikely architects of Brexit

If you want proof that the BBC is biased, consider its reporting of Gordon Brown’s strategy on Europe. Imagine if our moodiest ever Prime Minister had been the architect of Brexit. Would the BBC have run a smear campaign against him? Would ‘neutral’ BBC anchors have subtly planted the idea of his supposed xenophobia into […]


Nick Booth: Diversity officers sow the seeds of division

A controversial new management-level appointment has rocked the Church of Racism to its foundation. The prejudice-based faith is now such a broad church that it’s had to appoint its first Divisity Officer in order to stop people getting on with each other. As racism became a multi-ethnic concern, people in that brand community started to […]


Nick Booth: Timid Remainiacs huddle together as the Herd Left

Can we stop flattering these London Remainiacs with the term ‘elite’? They’re Metropolitan aloof, certainly. But delusions of grandeur shouldn’t be taken at face value. Granted, that often works for conmen, but let’s not be taken in. These are not the best brains in society. They’re people that huddle for warmth around a postcode. They […]