Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo and Harriet Harman, with a film from Adam Boulton. They are joined by Derek Hatton and Rory Bremner.
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The world is a different place than it was six months ago.
I'm not sure Jeremy Corbyn clicked that when he voted
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After all, it is for that failing pile of garbage This Week.
Are those the words of a great statesman?
We'll be talking about that later on.
And now it's time to say Andrew Neil.
That's not a name, by the way, that's an executive order.
A week in which this programme decided to jump
on the "let's-have-a-ban" band wagon by introducing extreme vetting
of politicians who want to migrate to our sofa to determine if there's
the slightest possibility they might give a straight answer
So far not one of them has passed this simple test and we're minded
to keep our borders shut until they do.
Speaking of politicians, we bring the news you've
all been waiting for, Diane Abbott is on her way
The nation's heart sank when it learnt that she'd been struck down
It's been doing the rounds here in Westminster,
especially on the Labour benches, and is known to be particularly
virulent when it strikes just before a key vote on leaving the EU.
It was a lucky break for the Government which,
with Diane in intensive care in the back room of the Brexit Bar,
Hackney, managed to scrape through the vote on Article 50
We're only five weeks into the new year and it's already
Today the Government droned on about Brexit,
padding out a Theresa May speech into a 77-page white paper,
Jeremy Corbyn planned a cabinet reshuffle,
Nigel Farage was on TV, Tim Farron wasn't and the Scot Nats
remained in their permanent state of confected anger.
It felt a bit like Groundhog Day - probably because it was - again.
Speaking of those who've been repeating themselves ad nauseum
for as long anybody can remember, I'm joined on the sofa tonight
by Michael #choo-choo Portillo and Harriet #it's time we had
a female Dr Who and why not me since I'm used to travelling
in confined spaces in my little pink election bus Harman.
I guess she's also used to dealing with Daleks since she's worked
Michael, your moment of the week. The Brexit vote. For decades, the
House of Commons was deaf to those who wanted to talk about the loss of
Parliamentary sovereignty and those who raise the subject word derided
and humiliated and mocked. And now, to see the House of Commons voting
to restore its sovereignty, to bring power back to the United Kingdom, by
a majority of 384, is testimony to the extraordinary reversal of the
last year. And whatever you think about it, it has to be rated as an
historic moment. Harriet. The same historic moment but from a rather
different perspective. It was walking through the division lobby
with 400 plus others, and there were 400 actually who were for Remain. So
this was 400 MPs going through the division lobby to ratify a
referendum for a result we didn't want. In our ears was ringing the
speech of George Osborne, who was basically saying, forget about this
vote. This happened in June with the referendum decision. But now we have
to have bills to decide what we will do about agricultural subsidy, no
more common Agricultural Policy. What are we going to do about that?
It is just a moment, not an agenda. There is more to come, it was only
the start, and not in a And now to what's become our
new regular feature, This time nearly a quarter
of his MPs defied him by voting Three of them were whips tasked
with enforcing Jezza's order to vote for Article 50 and 17
were in his front bench team, so I think it's fair to say party
discipline is not at its strongest. If they all resign, on top
of all the previous resignations, he could run out of MPs
to populate his shadow team and you'll soon hear the sound
of tumbleweed drifting So what do Jezza's old Militant
comrades make of it all? Here's Derek Hatton
with his take of the week. It's always been argued, rightly so,
that socialism is international. But I can't claim I've ever been
the biggest fan of the EU. Probably for the reason that
I was more concerned about increasing the alliance
with America, even before Trump, And now it feels like
we are stepping into some Brexit is now more dangerous
than ever with Trump A real mad man, a relationship
with America is frightening. In 2003, Jeremy Corbyn marched
against the disgraceful Yesterday, I feel he got it wrong
in giving his support to Theresa May and the Tories over triggering
Article 50. I do understand the democracy
argument, but I don't believe the majority of people who voted
for Brexit actually imagined for one second that we'd be having
an alliance with a vicious Trump We have now got a mad
man in the White House. There's no necessity whatsoever
for Jeremy Corbyn to be seen He should be providing a real
alternative against vicious, vicious Tory Government supporting
Trump. I was even more delighted
when he got elected the second time. But this is a monumental issue and,
quite honestly, it's And from the Mercado Metropolitano
Backyard Cinema in South London to the This Week studio,
Derek Hatton is with us now. Welcome to the programme, good to
see you. You say you now have serious doubts about Jeremy Corbyn.
What would you have Labour do about it? I did not say I had serious
doubts, I said it made me think. You wrote two days ago in the Liverpool
Echo, this shows a real lack of leadership on his part and stars now
make me have serious doubts about him. You shouldn't believe
everything you read in the press. But you wrote it! Harold Wilson once
said a long, long time ago, a week is a long time in politics. On this
issue, six months is a lifetime. I do not believe for a second that the
majority of people who voted for Brexit six months ago actually
believed that they were going to see a Trump Administration... You said
that in the film. My question is, what would you have Labour do about
Jeremy Corbyn? I understand you have invited me because you want me to
hammer Jeremy Corbyn, but that is not the main reason I am talking
about this. What I am saying is that Brexit in and of itself now is far
more dangerous than it was in June, because of Trump in America. And I
don't think people realise that there is a danger that we could
become the 51st state, if we don't actually start thinking about this.
I was never a real fan of Europe, but at the end of the day, I would
much rather have the devil that I knew there than the mad devil that I
don't know in the White House. Labour has already lost Scotland,
lost the south of England, outside London. Most Labour constituencies
in the North voted for Brexit, big-time. Wouldn't your position now
just lose Labour the north, too? No, because it is not about saying that
is the way people are. We have to talk to people, almost like it is
another education job. I don't think people have clicked the reality of
what Brexit means, particularly with Trump in the White House. I
understand because you have said it six times. What is your take? Derek
is saying what the sectarian left have always said. They are saying
the public have to be told they have got it wrong. It is obviously right
that the situation is more dangerous for our economy with Trump being a
protectionist in the White House. Of course it is. So Theresa May should
be careful about being so rejectionist of our economic
partners in Europe. We need that trade, so she should think again
about it. But the idea that what we should do to people who previously
voted Labour and voted Leave is to give them a talking to about how
they have got it wrong... That is not what I am saying. Was Mr Corbyn
writes to put on a three line whip? Yes. But if you are a leader putting
a three line whip on for something people find very difficult, and in
opposition most of the choices are bad choices because you are not
setting the context, just reacting, you need to at least have some
confidence from the people and to be able to cajole them and have them go
with you. That is the difficulty, because he cannot command their
loyalty because he did not show loyalty. But he is right in saying
that the Article 50 vote was taken in June and this is just
ratification. Let's go onto the next discussion about the future. What is
your take? A stopped clock is right twice a day, so Jeremy Corbyn is
from time to time right, and he was right about imposing a three line
whip. It was important that the Labour Party should have a position
and the position he selected for the Labour Party was the correct
position. For the Labour Party to appear to be indifferent or opposed
to the popular vote would be suicidal for the Labour Party. As
far as the Trump thing is concerned, I am tempted to add it to the great
achievements of David Cameron, who got us into this mess in the first
place. One thinks the Brexit vote played a part in the success of
Trump. It certainly... He thinks it did. It certainly gave him more
confidence to think he could win. As how Trump plays into all of this, I
think in the end because he is so hostile to the European Union and
Germany in particular, in the context of the endgame, the
political endgame in two years' time, the European Union will be
very frightened. And my guess is that will make for a softer Brexit
than otherwise. Although I accept it could lead to the opposite reaction.
What is your reply to Harriet, that people did know what they were
voting for? They had a gut instinct and they wanted to leave. And you
talking to them on the doorstep is not going to make them change their
mind. When we talk about the popular vote, 52-48 is not a massive
majority. It is a majority but not a massive majority. People voted
Brexit for a lot of reasons. The day after Brexit I was walking along the
road and someone came up who said, we got them, didn't we? He was
saying, we got one over on the establishment, which was his reason
for voting Brexit. I think a lot of people certainly had a change of
mind afterwards. But even more so now since Trump has emerged in
America. More people are having to think again. I don't think it is a
case of saying, this is what you should do. That is the reason why I
thought Jeremy should not have gone that way yesterday and given more
time to see what evolves and emerges. I don't think it is going
to be plain sailing. There is a test coming up, the Stoke by-election,
which was Brexit Central in terms of the referendum, 70% of the people
voting to leave. Labour is running with a staunchly pro-Remain
candidate. If you lose, your theory has crashed on take-off. Not that
all because yesterday people saw Jeremy taking a particular
alignment. It is almost as though he cannot win either way. If they lose
Stoke, people will say what you have said. If they win, they will say it
is because Jeremy went against yesterday. I just don't believe we
are in a position where it is as easy as it was in June. It is far
harder now. Labour is now split over this in the way we always thought
the Tories were. The party would have been divided and will remain
divided on this issue with the votes that are coming up. It will be a
running sword for Labour the way Maastricht was for the Tories. It
will be a big challenge undoubtedly and I think the problems that we are
facing now didn't start with Jeremy Corbyn, they've been a long time
coming. But the question is whether or not he can convince people that
he is the solution and that Labour is the solution to those problems
because actually hoping that you can just tell people that they've been
duped and got it wrong and telling people the Tories are awful, most
people in stoke think the Tories are awful anyway and thought they were
awful in the 80s but they wouldn't vote for us until we won their trust
again and that's what we have got to do.
The reason the Labour Party is defeatist at the moment and facing
the abyss is not because it's split on Europe, it's because it's chosen
Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. Let's get the sequence right. In your
heart, don't you feel that Labour's sleep walking to a calamitous
defeat? I don't know. Who knows what is going to happen in stoke. But I'm
not sure that Michael's particularly right saying it's all about Jeremy.
I don't think that is right at all. What it is is the Labour Party's
gone through a massive transition and, as I said on the film, I
supported Jeremy the first time, was delighted the second time he got
elected. I think the amount of people that have joined the Labour
Party and getting active and politicised is the best for decades.
I love that and think more and more people are getting involved. I think
that will lead to more electoral success because those people will
breed other people will breed other people. Do you remember Neil Kinnock
saying to people like yourself don't mistake the enthusiasm of the
minority for the support of the majority? We can have all the fair
men but we have got to reach out... We never lost an election. Derek,
you're enthusiastic about what's happened to the Labour Party and so
are we. I don't know who he means by "we", maybe it's a Royal we. Nice to
see you again, thanks for being with us.
But titter ye not, we've all been deeply concerned
Comrade McDonnell mentioned some of her symptoms; headaches,
dehydration and empty bottles of Blue Nun, scary stuff!
For those of you also suffering from Brexit fever,
fear not because waiting in the wings is impersonator
in chief, Rory Bremner, putting statesmanship
In the meantime, probably best to stay away from the Facebooze,
try not to get totally Twittered, you'll only Snapcrash and end
Labour is now split over this in the way we always thought
The party would have been divided and will remain
divided on this issue with the votes that are coming up.
It will be a running sword for Labour the way
Now, time for some more good news - no we haven't been taken off air.
I'm talking about the Bank of England rosy reforecast
of economic growth this year, reversing its warning
that the economy would go to hell in a hand basket if we were stupid
Now it's predicting the same growth this year as it did when it thought
So who's the stupid one now, Governor Carney?
Anyway, here's Sky News' Adam Boulton with his political
I should have known when This Week told me all I had to do
was to escape to Brexit that it wouldn't be easy.
I'm heading straight for the BBC cooler.
The week began with a reminder of the crisis in social care.
Minister David Mowatt said the children of elderly parents
should take primary responsibility for them, not the state.
I suppose it might be one way of saving money.
Nobody ever questions the fact that parents,
that we look after our children, that's just obvious and some
of the way we think about that, in terms of the volume of numbers
we see coming down the track, will have to imping on the way
that we start thinking about how we look after our parents.
Rather than concerns about people who're already stuck here,
the week's biggest row was about where people might
President Trump's migration ban in the name of national security
and fighting terrorism sparked protests across the globe.
Eventually, the Foreign Secretary said that the UK didn't agree
with the American policy but still needed to work with the US
So this is not an approach that this Government would take.
But let me conclude by reminding the House of the vital importance
of this country's alliance with the United States,
the defence intelligence which I'm sure they appreciate and understand
Nigel Farage complete with Trump lapel badge explained the benefits
of the policy to the European Parliament.
Trump is motivated by protecting the United States of America
from Islamic terrorism, whereas what has happened in this
room and in governments around Europe is you have welcomed these
One Labour MEP made it clear what he thought of Mr Farage.
It is the unelected commission that have the sole right
Never mind stopping people getting in, I have to get out of here.
Jeremy Corbyn lead on Trump at PMQs, the Labour leader wanting to know
why Mrs May couldn't withdraw the invitation to Trump to meet
Just what more does President Trump have to do before the Prime Minister
will listen to the 1.8 million people who have already
called for his state visit invitation to be withdrawn?
But the Prime Minister batted him off with a dose of real politic
and a dash of backbench pleasing tub thumping.
Would he have been able to protect British citizens from the impact
Would he have been able to lay the foundations of a trade deal?
Would he have got a 100% commitment to Nato?
Parliament got its supreme court ordered chance to debate triggering
The government said it didn't make any difference.
We asked the people of the UK if they wanted to leave
At the core of this bill lies a simple question.
Labour was ordered to support the government,
Two thirds of Labour MPs represent constituencies that voted to leave.
One third represent constituencies that voted to remain.
This is obviously a difficult decision.
No one doubted the outcome of the vote to leave,
but a string of Remainers had their say.
Democracy means not giving up your sleeves when the
Democracy means not giving up your beliefs when the
The government has decided not to make the economy the
They have prioritised immigration control,
a clear message from the
We are combining withdrawal from the single
market and the customs union with this great
new globalised future, which offers tremendous
Apparently, you follow the rabbit down the hole,
The right honourable member yesterday
But Alice only took herself into the hole.
This Prime Minister is taking virtually all of the Tory party,
half the Labour Party and the entire country into the hole.
Thank God they are building a third runway atHeathrow.
It's a nightmare getting out of here.
Looks like we're going to have to jump for it.
Oi, escape to Brexit, it's the will of the people!
Adam Boulton with production values you don't normally see on TV.
Probably just as well! Does this Brexit white paper tell us
anything new that we didn't know already?
It tells us that apparently you can spin out a very thin set of thoughts
to 77 pages. I'm impressed. With the help of charts and graphs and
repeating all manner of things, even putting in the SNP policies. And of
course the fact that it was printed the day after the debate sort of
told us how very relevant it was to the hole matter. Is Brexit now
unstoppable? I think it was decided in June. I mean, if you are having a
referendum and the Conservatives won the election with the manifesto
commitment to an in-out referendum, so once they'd won the election, we
were going to have a referendum, we had the referendum then we lost it,
albeit by a narrow majority, but we lost it. Therefore now we need to
move on to the issues that do need to be decided. In relation to the
white paper, and I agree with Michael, I don't know what is more
alarming, the idea that you've got a Government that is doing the wrong
thing or the idea that you've got a Government that doesn't seem to have
a clue what it's doing. And quite often, that is what it sounds like
at the moment. You know, they're talking about being tough on
immigration at exactly the same time as the training places for nurses is
falling by 23%. So what are we going to do? Stop the nurses coming from
Portugal and Spain? There are a whole load of things that don't seem
to be adding up. We have twice as much trade with Europe as we have
with America, America is going protectionist. Maybe not with us. Mr
Trump wants a free trade bill, so maybe not with us? The idea that we
are going to have exceptional special place, when he was asked is
Britain at the front of the queue then for his trade deal, he said,
oh, you're doing great. He didn't answer. His add Jens is not us, his
audience is the US. Hence the invitation to make a state visit. We
are trying to buy something. If an amendment was put down to Article
50, I know what it would be called, but if it said that, as we do this,
we guarantee the status of the three million plus EU citizens who live
here, that we don't want to make them a bargaining card regardless of
how our ex-pats will be treatd by the EU, we are going to do that
because we believe it's the right thing to do, that could get through
Parliament could it not? There is a majority in Parliament to do it as I
understand it. Whether it gets called and becomes part of the Bill
is a different issue. Ask the woman behind the amendment. I've tabled
it. We should do. We shouldn't use people who've been here sometimes
two, three decades, as a bargaining chip for people... I would think it
were extraordinary if it were called. Have you had any guidance?
I'm sure it will be within scope and it should be selected because it
will get a lot of support. But also businesses don't want the sense that
somehow the people that are working for them, whether in construction,
in agriculture, in care, are those care homes suddenly going to... I
must say it's a non-point. It's perfectly clear that people here now
will be able to stay, it's a question of whether when that
Government makes it clear. It's not clear to them at all. There is
concern, even though we think it's clear, they are worried because they
haven't had it guaranteed. And the idea of using it as a bargaining
chip in respect of our citizens abroad is completely wrong. Does
anybody seriously think that this country will pay 60 billion euro
exit fee? I don't think we will but I think we will pay quite a lot of
money as part of this deal. As an exit fee or paying for access,
privileged access to the single market? Well. It will be the same
things. Exactly. Paying for privileged access, but it could be
presented in different ways. It's interesting. I don't think the
Government has ever closed down this option. When you don't close down an
option, it implies that you have the option in mind. Actually, I think
paying money to the European Union after we have left would be deeply
unpopular. At least as unpopular as immigration, free movement from the
European Union. Nonetheless, it seems the Government seems that --
believes it has some leveraged with money. It would be unpopular. Of
course. The government is confronting a whole load of things
which appear to be different from what they promised. They promised we
would save ?350 million to put in the NHS. It now looks as though just
to leave we have to pay out money. The Government didn't promise that.
The Leave campaign. The Leave campaign said, take back control on
immigration and that was understood by people as having fewer
immigrants. It wasn't about control, it was about the message being sent
of having fewer immigrants. I have asked Theresa May questions, are we
going to have a few EU nationals doing agriculture, doing
construction, what about care industry? Answer comes there none.
She was for Remain but she is leading a Leave government. Your
party will need an immigration policy, too. Any sign of that? Well,
it will have to be developed. As will the Government's policy. Can
you give us any word to a worried nation about Diane Abbott tonight?
Any update. I think that Diane, who was on Question Time last Thursday
setting out very firmly why she was going to vote for Article 50, I
can't imagine that she would not have carried that through unless she
was ill. Because she had a ready been on Question Time, which are
constituents would have watched, as well as this programme, and they
would have heard her arguing that the right thing to do unfortunately
is to vote for Article 50. I have not put a soothing hand on her
forehead or taken her temperature, but I suspect she is unwell. If you
do, give her our good wishes. We will probably have a moment of
silence, just to pray. Actually, we do not have time.
So folks, we've all been attending Trump University's diplomacy courses
and after three days and $50,000 in fees we've already graduated.
Michael has begun building a wall around his house,
so he can stop himself from stealing British people's' jobs,
plus protect himself from the bad hombres out there.
And Harriet has been appointed Trump's special envoy to Australia,
I mean what could possibly go wrong with Australian-American relations?
Theresa May and Donald Trump took statesmanship to intimate
I think you are also Theresa and I believe we are going
MPs quickly compared their courtship to Britain's dark, diplomatic past.
Now this Government's hand in hand with another fascist, Trump.
Why on earth, has Theresa the appeaser got him
Both Nicolae Ceausescu and Robert Mugabe have been entertained
What happens when you just don't get on?
President Trump reportedly put the phone down on Australian Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull after discussing the refugee
settlement deal that he later called dumb.
It's better that these things, these conversations,
are conducted candidly, frankly, privately.
You'll see reports of them, I'm not going to add to them.
Nigel Farage confirmed his imperious statesmanship might feature
It's early days, there's no script, we don't know how it's going to end,
Impressionist Rory Bremner has impersonated a few leading
And Nigel Farage, I mean Rory Bremner is with us now.
Welcome. That was a bit of satire, wasn't it? Do we recognise
statesmanship at the time, or is it only later that we recognise it?
Possibly it is when we look back. It is a coming together of two things.
It is a leader and a moment in time. Leader plus moment in time equals
statesman. You think of Franklin Roosevelt, or Churchill during the
war. But there can be moments. In South Africa, De Klerk and Mandela.
We think of Mandela, but De Klerk played a huge role in that. There
can also be moments when people come together. You think about Tony Blair
and the Northern Ireland peace agreement. I feel the hand of
history on my shoulder. This is no time for sound bites, but I feel the
hand of history on my shoulder. That was a moment of statesmanship. John
Major, again, very much involved with that. There can be moments of
statesmanship but it is a coming together of two things. The opposite
applies. Look at Europe in the last year, a failure of statesmanship,
not just by David Cameron. Earlier, you were talking about David Cameron
having not a statesman-like approach last year. And in Europe, if there
had been a statesman in Europe more than anything else who could stand
up and say to Europe, and actually put the case for Europe and bring
Europe together and say that Europe needs to reform. You can see what is
happening in Britain and the Netherlands. It was the lack of that
which put us where we are now. There are people in France who think they
are the one for that. Are we short of statesmen at the moment? Yes, I
think so. I largely agree with Rory's analysis. Sometimes it is not
easy to know what statesmanship is at the time. When Chamberlain came
back from Munich he was cheered to the rafters, received on the balcony
of Buckingham Palace by the well family, considered a great moment of
statesmanship. On the other hand, when Churchill became Prime Minister
and made speeches which have gone down in history, he was not cheered
by his own Conservative benches for his first year in office as wartime
Prime Minister. It was a long time before his own party would recognise
he was achieving as Prime Minister. It sounds to me like what raw and
Michael are talking about the good old days. Donald Trump has torn up
the rules and it is post-protocol politics now. He is on the world
stage like the political equivalent of the global financial crisis. I
remember Gordon Brown saying, the global financial crisis is tearing
everything up and we need to leap over and ahead of it in order to get
some sort of control over the situation. I think that is the case
with Trump. He is burning his route, and everyone is sitting back and
reacting. That is not going to be a good thing. That is why I think that
handholding, walking holding hands, it doesn't look to me like Theresa
May is jumping ahead of the Trump phenomenon and actually controlling
the situation. She got 100% commitment on Nato. She should have
had a briefing which said, stay well clear when you walk beside him. How
would anybody know that? It is understandable, they were walking
down the steps and he took her hand. There is another interpretation that
he does not like steps, so he took her hand to help himself. It was to
stop her running away. The difference is that statesmen or
women bring people together as opposed to divide. Dictators and
demagogues divide. Statesmen and states women bring people together.
And they rise above party. Churchill and FDR were above party. There is
kind of Vanins Thracian. You talk about Churchill in May in 1940 when
he had to persuade the Cabinet. There is a sense of inspiration,
some greatness breathed into somebody at a moment in history. Who
is to know? Maybe history judges it. Who would you describe as a states
person today? Oh, Lord! I can't see any on the horizon. Wouldn't it be
amazing if we had... Look at the Islamic world. If we had a sunny
Mandela and a Shi'ite De Klerk saying, listen, this is a great
relish and -- religion, and reclaim Islam from Isis, if you like. Who
have been great states women? Go on, Michael. What about Margaret
Thatcher. I thought Theresa May had echoes of Margaret Thatcher, post
traumatic stress syndrome. What do you think of his suggestion? Think
of Thatcher's role in world affairs, the fall of the Soviet Union, the
liberation of Eastern Europe, the restoration of democracy to millions
of people. My constituents were literally dying on hospital waiting
lists when she was cutting the NHS. You were in the Cabinet, Chief
secretary at the time. Whatever she was doing abroad, my view of her is
coloured by what was actually happening to my constituents. What
you are saying is entirely wrong. Public spending went marching
upwards year after year. Welcome to this Week, 1984, fighting the
battles again. The NHS was on its knees when you were in government.
What about Angela Merkel. Yes, she is popular at home. Statesmen are
often unpopular. Gorbachev, you could argue he was another one.
Statesmen are often unpopular at home. Churchill was unpopular at
home for a long time. Did Russia need Gorbachev at that moment? Did
Britain need Thatcher at that moment? I am not quite answer that
one, Harriet, either. Mrs Gandhi? Mrs Gandhi? I was thinking, was
Gandhi married? What are you doing these days? I am starting touring
next week. Jan ravens will join me, doing Theresa May. That starts on
choose day. Look up my tour. And I am doing a documentary on ADHD, and
a show at the Soho Theatre on Monday night. And Donald Trump will
feature? He will feature. There will be 100,000 people. It will be great,
so fantastic. Look at that. She is so hot there. How is the book going?
Good. It is published today, so it is early doors. You will get the
early returns in the morning. It has had lots of good publicity.
But not for us, we're off to Stoke on Trent for Paul Nuttall's
house-warming extravaganza, it's BYOB, of course.
But, come to think of it, he's said it's bring your own food too,
and your own wallpaper and your own furniture.
He's also texted to ask if any of us remember the address - weird.
Sadly for Michael's special relationship,
She doesn't want to jeopardise her recovery and would neverR attend
a social event at the expense of her health.
Nighty night, don't let the Brexit bug bite.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party,
It's really important for people to understand that.
Could you give us two minutes of your time, Ms Abbott?
# I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving
How is she feeling, by the way, because apparently she wasn't
quite well enough go to the Commons yesterday?
Well, Diane will have to explain her own position.
It's not for me to explain Diane's actions.
It is extraordinary that Diane Abbott sneaks off,
You can't have it both ways in politics.
If you bottle the vote, it's cowardice.
I don't know any more than you do about Diane.
All I could say is, Diane, if you are watching, get well soon.
Indeed. I'm sure we all share that sentiment.
Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo and Harriet Harman, with a film from Adam Boulton. They are joined by Derek Hatton, who offers his take on Jeremy Corbyn's leadership after the Labour leader imposed a three-line whip on the Article 50 vote, and Rory Bremner looks at statesmanship in the spotlight section.