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Andrew Neil is joined by Michael Portillo, Ed Balls and biographer Rosa Price. Nigel Farage gives his take on Brexit talks, while Richard Herring looks at being awkward.

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Launch control, this is Houston, we are go for launch.


There have been launches before, and relaunches.


The clock is running. Houston, we have cleared the studio.


But is Team May flying high, or high and dry?


If only it was just about the blastoff.


Then I take the controls and I steer it around for a nice soft


Only a clean, hard Brexit will ensure all our safety.


A disagreement? How about an awkward coalition to sort it out? Houston,


we have a problem. I have been telling you so four-year is.


The Apollo 13 spacecraft is apparently losing breathing oxygen.


The emergency has ruled out any chance of a lunar landing.


Strap yourselves in, take a good swig of rocket fuel.


The PM said she did when she heard the exit poll on election night.


I suspect there's a bit of British understatement in that.


I wouldn't be surprised if she bawled her eyes out.


After all, having gone from hero to zero in only one


disastrous election campaign, that would be a pretty


But perhaps even the Mark II version of the MayBot has yet to perfect


I'm sure the Mark III version will gush like Niagara Falls.


The Labour leader and his merry band of Corbynistas have been crying


tears of joy since the exit poll, even though they lost.


But politics is not really about the crying game.


And we now live in a political culture in which one week


you're cock of the walk, next week you're a feather duster.


Mr Corbyn needs to find a way of provoking a snap election


this side of Christmas, to capitalise on his


If the May Government can stumble on into 2018,


it's by no means clear who would then have


Speaking of those whose stumbling from pillar to post would bring


tears to a glass eye, I'm joined on the sofa


tonight by two political has-beens whose careers have


I speak, of course, of Ed #dancingqueen Balls


Michael, your moment of the week. On the issue you touched upon as to


whether there might be another general election in 2017, the


Government learned this week, not to get 's a prize but it will have been


a joke, that Labour will not be supporting the first stage known as


the second reading of the withdrawal from the European Union Bill. There


must be a question as to whether it will get the bill through that first


stage, and almost no question that the bill will thereafter be


massively amended. Since there is also no doubt that this bill is the


flagship of the legislation of the Government, if it is not able to get


through with that, it would be very close to having lost the confidence


of the House of Commons. So I think that was an important moment. We


will come back to that and discuss why you are wrong. Ed Balls, your


moment of the week will stop the admission by Donald Trump Jr,


through the e-mails he published, that he not only responded to a


Russian inspired contact saying they had information which would damage


Hillary Clinton, but also involved the campaign manager for Donald


Trump and his brother-in-law in the meeting. It is hard to believe his


klaxon was not sounding. If you were a politician, you would know. But


that terrible combination of arrogance and naivete, arrogance to


think you can do what you like and naivete not to see what an


incredibly stupid thing it was to have a meeting... Amateur hour at


Trump Tower. Who would have thought back in January that we would be


having a real conversation today about who could go more quickly in


the next 12 months, Theresa May or Donald Trump? I am not sure what the


betting stakes are but I think it is quite tight. The e-mail he was


bonded to said, this information we want to give you is part of the


Russian government's support to get you elected. That was the real bit


in neon sign that should have been a warning. The President says he was


not involved, but his son involved his closest aide, Jared Kushner, and


the campaign manager. It was unbelievably reckless and I think we


may find out worse than that. We shall see. It has certainly been the


first real development of substance in this story.


Now, Labour peer Andrew Adonis has attacked the greed, as he puts it,


of senior academics who pay themselves huge salaries.


I don't think he appreciates the hard work and dedication


of professors of media studies who chart, analyse, archive


and chronicle every segment, every interview, every beautifully


crafted monologue, every film of the state-of-the-art


Courses are still available at Scunthorpe University


for a tenner a week and all the curry you can eat.


Speaking of beer, here's Nigel Farage, in a pub,


Project Fear is back with a vengeance and it's


MPs and Lords want to keep us shackled to the customs union


and to the single market, a so-called soft Brexit.


A soft Brexit will mean the bureaucrats governing us


for generations to come, taking away our sovereignty


Luckily, we have a Prime Minister who is committed


Proper Brexit, liberation from the customs union


Unluckily, the outcome of Mrs May's election gamble means that she now


has Remoaners on her own backbenches who would like to prevent


the will of the people, so she's had to turn


Trouble is, although Corbyn is an old Bennite Leaver,


the Shadow Brexit Secretary keeps talking about perhaps staying


in the customs union and the single market,


and most of the backbench is actually still strongly


The point is, the public voted in a free and fair


And I'll tell you something, if it's not delivered,


Our politicians are going to make a pig's ear of their own reputations


and we're going to get egg on our face on the global stage.


And Nigel Farage has managed to stagger from


the Westminster Arms to our arms in our Westminster studios.


Thank you. Are you worried that the election result, how it came out,


means that Brexit might not now happen? No, Brexit will happen, we


will leave the European Union. The question is, will we leave in name


only? Of course I am worried about Parliamentary arithmetic. I'm even


more worried about the EU chief negotiator this week taking a very


different line yesterday. And today, meeting Sturgeon, meeting Corbyn,


clearly playing a game of divide and draw. But he did not say anything


after the meetings. He didn't need to. He has to see them, surely. He


has to see the Leader of the Opposition because if there is a


snap election, Mr Corbyn will be heading the negotiations. I don't


think he had to see any of them. It does no harm, really. The next time


Mrs May or David Davis gets up and says, this is where the negotiations


are, party leaders will say, he told us something different. Sophy Ridge


has driven quite a wedge today in the Brexit negotiations. -- he has


driven quite a wedge. The EU negotiations are getting tougher and


harder but President Macron thinks he has a better chance pinching the


City's business than taking it to Paris, whether that is realistic or


not. Because the government is divided, Parliament is divided,


there is a question about how you would get it through the House of


Commons, through the House of Lords. With such division and weakness on


the British side, why would the European Union give any concessions?


And the economy is slowing. Living standards are being squeezed, the


pound is weak. Brexit talks could soon be in crisis. Is there not a


danger that public opinion could turn against Leave? At the moment,


public opinion wants the job done. But the idea that people voted for a


hard Brexit is just aren't true. Many people on the Leave campaign


were saying they wanted to stay in the single market. No, they weren't,


that is baloney. Who said that? I think there were people in the Leave


campaign. Every player on both Remainer and leaves could not have


been clearer that a vote to leave was a vote to leave the single


market also. No one was in doubt about that. I don't think that is


what the public heard. I think they heard leaving and "Leaving". The


point I was going to make was that since the general election we have


started to hear the business voice, which was absent in the election


campaign, saying, OK, we are going to leave, but if you leave and leave


means leaving the customs union, or most of the single market, the


impact that would have on jobs and investment and bureaucracy, more


regulation, not less, would be disastrous for jobs and investment.


There is a phrase going back many centuries, don't cut off your nose


to spite your face. I fear that Nigel is trying to cut off the nose


of the nation by demanding and putting the Prime Minister in a


position where unless she delivers an impossible thing, she will have


failed. What is impossible? To have a Brexit which does not involve a


financial contribution, because there will have to be a financial


contribution. The argument is about size. Exactly. But if we are to have


an ongoing, sensible relationship which means we do not end up with


bigger regulatory burdens, we need mechanisms to manage our trade and


regulatory relations with the European Union. If those are called


by Nigel bureaucracy and we break from that entirely, in the end, you


end up breaking away from our main trading partner and piling extra


regulation and cost on British business. It is a great big world


out there. Why you talk about the 15% of the globe's GDP as the be all


and end all is beyond me. Lets not fight the referendum again. That's


look at where we are now. The problem is that corporate Britain is


organised. The same people that campaign for us to join the euro are


now campaigning to stay in the customs union. There is not a voice


of opposition. We saw this when the CBI wanted Britain to join the


pound. We desperately need British business... Hang on. We are not


going to refight the referendum. We are not going to refight the Battle


of whether we should join the euro or not. Please, be quiet. Just be


quiet. Is there not a sense of drift? The head of the National


Audit Office, an independent body, respected senior civil servant, says


the government is putting a successful Brexit at risk by failing


to show active and energetic leadership.


Michel Barnier said this week, I hear the clock ticking, and he's


right. We did that and gathered, -- we delete and dallied, we've wasted


time with a general election that didn't work, so yes I am worried. He


says nobody can show him a plan for Brexit and he's the head of the


National Audit Office. I am concerned, and perhaps it gets back


to Theresa May. How can you have somebody leading the whole of this


was still clearly doesn't believe in it? You don't think she is in


favour? She was asked four times in that interview by Paxman, did she


now agree with Brexit? I don't know a single leading Tory Eurosceptic


who agrees with you. They are worried about Mr Hammond, the


Chancellor, they are worried about Amber Rudd and a number of other


people in the Cabinet who they don't think their hearts are in it, but


not one of them has ever expressed any doubts... I would say that some


of the Eurosceptics in the Cabinet are quite worried about the


inflexibility of her positions. It's too hard line? And I think that will


cost her the job. Let me come back to your moment of the week, because


it's clear that Labour will mount a guerrilla war against the Brexit


legislation in Parliament. They need, and they hope to provoke an


early election. I don't disagree with that. But the Tory side is


going to stay solid on this, because they don't want another early


election, and there are a sizeable number of pro-Brexit Labour rebels.


You add them to the DUP and a whipped Tory party and the


government is always likely to get a majority. Well, the government may


get through second reading... You said it might not I'm saying, if you


look at the Parliamentary arithmetic, how does it lose? You


take a whipped Tory party that will be reunited, you act in the DUP and


there are 20 odd Labour Brexiteers will vote. You will -- how will they


lose? And then there are 100 amendments... And then the bill, as


amended, has to be amended again by the government to get it back. On


fundamental amendments, they will still be able to count on that


alliance of Labour Brexiteers, DUP and the Conservatives. I doubt it,


because there will be argued that what is a fundamental Amendment. I


think on particular issues, as they start to arrive, as we saw this


week, suddenly that hard majority for Brexit starts to have some


doubts when there's arguments are made. In the last 24 hours, you now


have Conservative chairs of the select committees for Treasury and


foreign affairs, as well as death row, Labour chairs of Brexit and


home affairs and business, all of whom disagree with Nigel's hard


Brexit vision and want something. -- as well as Defra. Real Brexit! We


voted to leave! You are worried about Parliament. I am. I am


concerned, actually more about amendments getting through. I'm


concerned that a gradual watering down and the government falling on


this. But your point is right. The political class are fighting back


very hard. All I can say is, if we reach a period at the end of 2019 at


the end of all of this when we really haven't got Brexit, I think


we are going to see a backlash the likes of which we may never have


seen. Maybe, for your side of the argument, your best hope is that Mrs


May will show steely determination on this, because her only hope of


not going down in the history books as a total failure, which is what


she would at the moment if there was to be an election in September, is


to secure a successful Brexit deal. If she doesn't do that, she is not a


success. I think it's very hard indeed for her to be a serious


negotiator with Europe. It will be very hard not to have a general


election before the final deal is done, and the Conservatives would be


much better at using another leader, probably David Davis, a Brexiteer


who is ready to make compromises. This debate will unfold in the next


year and people will have to realise that, to get a Brexit in the


national interest which protects jobs and investment, they'll have to


ignore Nigel Farage and his extreme arguments... Oh, please! 52% of


people voted for it. You may not like it and I tell you what... You


can fight for it all you like. In the grip of corporate Britain and


their pay, you can fight as hard as you like, but the fact is, if we


have a second referendum, it will be a bigger majority. We have run out


of time on this. We've overrun on this. We need to move on. Nigel


Farage, thank you. Now, it's late - cuddle and a cry


with Philip May late. But if, like the Prime Minister,


you'd rather not hear about the 2017 general election ever again,


fear not, because waiting in the wings is comedian


Richard Herring, here to put So go Facebonkers,


Snapcrazy and Twitterrific. You can even bring your


Instagranny for all we care. So, Mrs May moved into


Downing Street a year ago today. Well, happy anniversary,


Prime Minister. Though to paraphrase the Japanese


emperor after the Americans dropped the second atom bomb on his country,


recent events have not developed We were going to throw


you a party but the DUP said it As teetotal Presbyterians they


weren't that keen on parties anyway. We bought you a cake


but Boris Johnson ate it. We invited the whole


of the Parliamentary party and your two former closest


advisers, Lady Macbeth and Rasputin. So we had no idea how


much Blue Nun to order. It's always been lonely at the top


but this is solitude of a new order. Here's Sky's Beth Rigby


with her round up of the week. Prosecco price wars,


Wimbledon wash-outs and mutinous mutterings


about the party leadership. All we need now is a hosepipe


ban to know that summer Well, that means one thing - it's


time for the This Week summer party! It wouldn't be a party


without the This Week marquee. The big tents are all


the rage these days. The Prime Minister had


a relaunch this week, promising to throw the Tory tent


flaps wide in an attempt to deliver But Jeremy Corbyn's in no mood


to play happy campers. If the Prime Minister would like it,


I'm very happy to furnish her with a copy of our election


manifesto or, better still, an early election in order


that the people of this But it looks like the PM's


fluffy relaunch has been Hey, somebody's been pulling out


the pegs of the big tent! MPs on both sides of the House


are still smarting from an election marked by personal


abuse and intimidation. And the Prime Minister has now


called for an investigation, as MPs What is different about what is


happening at this election, in which I was subjected


to anti-Semitic abuse, my staff were spat at,


my boards and property were attacked, is that it has been


politically motivated, and the elephant in the room


here is it has been motivated by the language of some


of our political leaders. Now they press a button and you read


violent abuse which, 30 years ago, people would have been frightened


to even write down. So I accept that male


politicians get abuse too, but I hope the one thing we can


agree on in this chamber If it's good enough


for the Beckhams. Thanks, Liz, I'll have milk


and two sugars, please. # Well, my idea of heaven


is a nice cup of tea...# Well, Michel Barnier's proven


a tough nut to crack in those David Davis meanwhile admitted


that the two-year deadline Yes, I believe we can get a free


trade negotiation included, and the customs agreement


negotiation concluded in the period. What will be much more difficult,


however, is to get all the practical Not so much for us -


it will be quite tough to get our customs in the right place in two


years, but it's doable. But to get the French customs


in the same place in two years, or the Belgian or the Dutch customs,


I think will be a different issue. A major sticking point


is the divorce bill. Some reports put the figure at up


to 100 billion euros. Boris Johnson said the Government


would never pay that amount. The sums that I have seen


that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be


extortionate, and I think go whistle would be an entirely


appropriate expression. The Prime Minister missed PMQs this


week to attend a state visit by the King of Spain,


where she tried to smile politely Damian Green stood in and clashed


with Emily Thornberry over the Government's


progress over Brexit. What does no deal actually


mean for our businesses, for our people and for issues such


as the Irish land border? So, can the First Secretary


address this question now - what does no deal look


like in practice? The First Secretary downplayed


the risk of no deal. Unemployment is now down


to its lowest level In the last week alone,


both the United States and Australia have said they would like to sign


trade deals with Britain So I'm happy to report to her that


negotiations are going well and that her fear of no deal


is probably overstated. Well, it's not exactly


been a textbook relaunch Even the National Audit Office has


weighed in, comparing her fragmented approach to Brexit


to a chocolate orange. But the Prime Minister was at least


trying to show her softer side. I knew the campaign


wasn't going perfectly, but still the messages I was getting


from people I was speaking to were that we were going to get


a better result than we did. The production team didn't make it


past the Beefeaters and they've Fernando, can you run


me to Annabel's? Our thanks to the palatial


Savoy Hotel for putting up with us. And with us now, the Telegraph's


Rosa Prince, who's written biographies about Theresa May


and Jeremy Corbyn, which means she's totally ill-qualifed to talk


about either of them. Is Theresa May capable of


reinventing herself? I think if you declare something a relaunch or


reinvention you've lost half the battle. In a way, she's in such a


political stalemate at the moment, a game of chess in which there is


nowhere for her to move, that she's just got to keep plugging away, keep


surviving. I think that's the best chance of survival, to do nothing,


to stay there, be the Prime Minister and let others work out anyway to


get rid of her. For the moment, they don't seem able to. She's been in


politics for decades. People know her but she's never really changed


from what we can see from the outside. How could she change now? I


thought question about shedding a tear was interesting, the way she


hesitated, groping around in her mind for a few seconds, thinking how


to play that one. I think, if she had succeeded in changing the


approach, if there had been an internal relaunch, she'd have dealt


with that question rather more deftly than she did. I think, on the


other hand, it's difficult for of us to appreciate the psychological


trauma that she has been through. To call the general election and to


lose the majority would be devastating. I'm quite puzzled about


how she gets up in the morning, to be honest. It must be absolutely


shocking, what she's been through. As you say, still to be there is, in


a sense, an achievement, but it doesn't necessarily suggest she'll


be there long. Can she reinvented herself? Once people are talking


about the relaunch, it's probably too late. To me, this feels quite


redolent of John Major after 1992, the cones Hotline... Gordon Brown.


And Tony Blair had his moments. Gordon Brown not signing the Treaty


on Lisbon, Iain Duncan Smith talking about being the quiet man, the point


when you almost have to claim a relaunch. She had one to the days


which was enriching out relaunch and today was an emotional one. I think


it's good to show the real hurt, but the problem she'll have is, you do a


relaunch, most people don't notice in the country and a week later


nothing 's changed, do you do a third or fourth relaunch? The


problem is, once it's set, it's really hard to shift things again.


She's clearly not going to lead her party into another general election,


so it makes you wonder, why does their image really matter? Surely if


she's not going to fight another general election, she should just


get on with the job. I think so. What brought her to this


position in the first place was that she was not the glittering David


Cameron type. This time last year, everyone rather liked that she was


quiet, understated, wasn't particularly good at talking to


people, and that did her quite well for ten months. It went horribly


wrong during the election. That was when the British people got to see


her. They thought they liked her but didn't really know her. The election


campaign gave her a chance to know her and they didn't like what they


saw. Perhaps the problem for her is that general elections need a


different type of person own band running the country. Now she is back


to running the country, if she can do her submarine act and submerge


for a bit... Hard to do as Prime Minister. Without a majority! Is she


a better Prime Minister than an election campaign? Probably.


Three-year, as you say, things were not going to badly. A few months ago


she was 20 points ahead of her political rival and appeared rather


popular. She was given credit for not being what David Cameron was,


overly talkative, launching half baked initiatives every day of the


week. She did none of that, but what a difference a month makes, all the


difference in the world. We were all shocked by what happened in the


election. None of us conceived that you could lose a 20% margin in 30


days. Imagine how shocked she is. Is Jeremy Corbyn, as leader of the


Labour Party, the same Jeremy Corbyn who was a far left rubble and


agitator? No. If you look at the pictures from PMQs, the collapse in


Mauro, standing and puff of Theresa May has been matched by a rise of


Jeremy Corbyn. There is more confidence, more projection. You


have to give him confidence as well for the way in which he has been


empathetic and inspired young people, talking about hope. The


issue now is whether he draws the right lesson. This is the first time


for 20 years you have a Labour leader who lost a general election


but has not gone straight into a leadership election. He now has got


to ask the question, what do I need to do as a leader to go from just


losing to winning? That is a discussion about policy and style.


He has to understand the concerns of some voters on Labour on the economy


and security. The question is will he draw the right lesson is, in the


way Neil Kinnock tried to after 1987? And he has not got to do that


while fighting a leadership election, so it is a big test for


him. If he has changed, why has he surrounded himself with the hard


left? How does that show he has changed? I think he has to broaden


his team. You would not have gone near these people. In this


situation, I would have broadened my Shadow Cabinet. But he hasn't. If he


ploughs on with a tight group, thinking more of the same will get


him the next step, I fear that will not work, but it is up to him. He


has to ask those questions in Mansfield, parts of Scotland, why


didn't Labour win? He has to understand the concerns and go and


talk to voters, not only those who come to his rallies. Compared to


three months ago, I think there is a chance he could do it, but it won't


happen unless he learns the right lessons from the last election. Has


Jeremy Corbyn changed? I don't think so. I think there was an ego hidden


in there all along that we have now all got to see. I think he enjoys it


and he has grown into it and he seems a bit more assured. I am


afraid I think that is what he needs to do, to reach out, but he won't.


He had those opportunities. He performed so much better than


anybody in the centre of the Labour Party, like Ed Balls, thought he


would. So much better. So much better than Theresa May. If an


election is caused by the collapse of the Labour government, most of us


would bet that Labour would win without any changes. In different


circumstances, that might be a different answer. But if the


government collapses in the next few months, he is likely to win without


making any changes. I think that is the wrong advice. If you want him to


win, and maybe you don't. But the reality is, if there is a general


election campaign where Jeremy Corbyn is six points behind in the


polls for three weeks, you have a real chance of winning. But he has


to plan for a campaign where Labour is ahead and people are asking, can


Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister. Then becomes about the team and the.


He is not turning to people like new, is he? Because your wing of the


Labour Party is now irrelevant to him. He is in charge, his people are


in charge. He is moving to take over the party and run it in his image,


and you can't stop him. Labour exists in parliament to become the


government, and that means you have to win a majority. Can he win? I


don't he can win a majority because I don't think he is prepared to do


what he needs to do to win a majority. He could certainly be the


largest party. He had a hard enough time kissing hands when he first


became leader. What if the FN Ashman the SNP was to charge a billion?


Now, what's the toughest part of being an MP?


Well, there's one aspect of the job that politicians have always


found impossible to get right - acting normal.


From eating bacon sarnies to executing a Mexican wave,


our politicians have always left the rest of us cringing


in their attempt to be at one with Joe Public.


So it's only fitting we're putting political awkwardness


Yes, it's been another awkward week for Donald Trump.


His son leaked his own e-mails with a Russian intermediary.


In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.


Did you tell your father anything about this?


Thankfully, Kellyanne Conway was on hand to clear it all up.


This is to help all the people so far.


So, just so we're clear, everyone, four words -


Meanwhile, the King of Spain came to visit.


Cue awkward royal hat moments and uncomfortable topics to address.


I am certain that this resolve to overcome our differences


will be even greater in the case of Gibraltar.


In Parliament, one Tory MP shared his thoughts on the PM's


clumsy conciliation with Jeremy Corbyn.


Given the record of the Leader of the Opposition


on the Counterterrorism and Security Act, does she possess


While at Wimbledon, Andy Murray took exception to one


Andy, Sam is the first US player to reach a Major semifinal since 2009.


Comedian Richard Herring thinks we're living in a golden age


of political awkwardness, and he's loving every minute of it.


Are we living in an age of unprecedented political awkwardness?


We have a lot of terrible politicians. Democracy has fallen in


on itself and given us some terrible people we have to put up with. We


have had one of them onto night, at least. And he has never even been


elected. He is a member of the European Parliament. He is trying to


destroy his own... He is not here so let's stick to the awkward


proposition. Our politicians naturally awkward? I don't think so.


Maybe it is because we see so much into their lives now, Strictly Come


Dancing and people dressed in space suits. I don't think Gladstone would


have done that. That is part of it. It has become entertainment and


everyone is school in how to answer questions. Theresa May, throughout


the whole election, just giving out her nonsensical answers to


questions, carried on doing it after the election in much more difficult


circumstances, and we are clever enough to see through it. The


reference to Gladstone is interesting because we were a much


more formal society in the 19th century and politicians were


expected to be the formal of a formal. We are now much more


informal and we probably expect, at least the politicians think they


need to be more informal, too. It definitely cuts both ways, true.


They are not very good at it. Theresa May is Prime Minister,


somehow, and she is the most awkward person. As we have seen, that


incredible election campaign where she went from basically the


Conservative Party's name was not even on the banner, and you saw her


just fall, as it was too much pressure. As everyone says, she is a


very robotic and strange woman who cried at losing an election


apparently but did not show any emotion in the coming weeks when


terrible things happened. I think this is a lazy way of discussing the


subject. The politicians we have are not a breed, not born separately,


not a different species. They arise from the public. If you think


politicians are so dreadful, be a politician yourself, stop whining


about it. I have just been asked to talk about it. I have a lot of


respect for a lot of politicians but it is the people who are rising to


the top. I think there are a lot of great politicians and MPs and I do


not say any politician is awful but there are a lot of politicians


rising up from the same school, so it's all very well to say... It was


my attempt at changing your June. I am not changing my tune. I am


talking about Trump and May, and even called in to an extent. You are


just going for the easy targets. I am going for the people in charge,


which is what we are talking about. There are plenty of decent


politicians but because it is so showbiz, the wrong people are pushed


to the top. It is also 24-7, so you have more chance to see awkward


moments. In days gone by, you would never have got to see them. There is


such inconsistency in what you say. It is showbiz and people are pushed


to the top. Mrs May has not been pushed to the top because she is


showbiz. You have not bought the thing through, have you? We are


talking about lots of different things. She has not done a good job.


We are talking about awkwardness and she has been very awkward. She has


been treated as a showbiz person. After the Grenfell Tower disaster,


if she had just said, this is terrible and answered as a human


being, she could have turned everything around within two or


three days. Instead, she did what she did in the election, which was


to give what she had trotted out, Brexit means Brexit, we are not


answering the question, and people turned against her. That is where


she was weakened. Who is more awkward, Gordon Brown or Theresa


May? I think Theresa May is as awkward in private as she is in


public, and Gordon was somebody who in private was much more at ease


with himself and found it very hard to convey that on camera. One of the


things which Richard isn't taking into account is that the reality is


it is quite hard not to be awkward when you are asked to do important


or difficult things, but being filmed with cameras and


photographers around you. In the end, you have to be able to put that


to one side and be yourself and be as authentic as you can. Gordon


found it hard, Theresa May finds it impossible. Tony Blair was better at


that but you probably dislike him for different reasons. What are you


up to? Ayew I'm doing in Edinburgh show. I have a book of emergency


questions that can help you out. But not for us - we're off to Number


10 for Theresa May's annual Chocolate Oranges for every


participant and a bottle of prosecco for the winning team -


Philip May should be warming it up Anyway, here's a sneak peek


of our musical teamwork When I think of the world


we inhabit, everyone will think,


Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo, Ed Balls and biographer Rosa Price. Beth Rigby rounds up the week's highlights, Nigel Farage gives his take on how well the Brexit talks are - or are not - progressing, while comedian and author Richard Herring looks at being awkward.