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: How does Claudia Winkleman manage on just £500,000 a year?

The fact that Claudia Winkleman only gets half a million pounds a year as a basic salary is a national scandal. We all know that a comparable male product of showbiz nepotism would probably get paid more. I can’t believe we’re sitting here having this conversation, in the 21st century. Honestly, it beggars belief. This […]


Nick Booth: Even pretty, middle class blondes have fallen for Jeremy

What a lovely sunny day it was on Saturday. It was glorious strolling along the Thames. Complete strangers would stop and chat and engage with Molly, my companion. She’s a massive flirt and bats her long eyelashes at everyone, rolling over and begging them to tickle her. She seems especially attracted to women, which is […]


Nick Booth: We always knew Jon Snow and Channel 4 hated the Tories

Jon Snow! What a blooming legend, eh? Smash the Tories? Not arf, mate! Sorry if that sounds a bit trendy vicar meets Smashy and Nicey, but Jon Snow is a one man Edinburgh Cringe Festival. By all accounts, he’s an affable man and good at his job – if you accept that he’s employed as […]


Nick Booth: Corbyn plays to white privilege at ghastly Glasto

The legend Jeremy Corbyn has gone viral and everyone hangs on his every word, like crumbs from an old man’s beard. Corbyn absolutely slayed the audience at Glastonbury over the weekend. “There were thousands out there and he absolutely wiped them out,” said one audience member, “Stalin himself couldn’t have killed more people in one […]


Nick Booth: Hating hate crime is a hate crime – discuss

Fans of rival types of fascism have clashed again, as a planned Hate Against Hate march was ambushed by Counter Hate Against Hate, which argues there should be no platform for hatred and it should be stamped out as violently as possible. The Hate Against Hate demo was organised in response to hate crimes by […]


Nick Booth: Precious lefties waste anti-terror cops’ time

Have you ever wondered what the police have been up to while all these homicidal maniacs have been plotting our deaths? Here’s a clue. School teachers reported a pupil to an extremism watchdog, because he made a joke about a celebrity who’d had a sex change, and he campaigns for Ukip. Similarly, on Nick Ferrari’s […]