Daily Archives: November 13, 2009

Jim Pickard

Labour officials are in high spirits after last night. I am told that Labour’s 59 per cent share of the vote in the Glasgow North East by-election was the second-highest result for an incumbent government since 1982 (the highest was Wigan in 1999).

Guess who the loser was in that particular by-election, at the height of the Falklands War? Read more

Jim Pickard

I’ve corralled some of Britain’s top experts in various fields to set a hypothetical “MPs quiz” for tomorrow’s Weekend FT’s magazine.

The 20 quizmasters include Michael Boyce, Richard Dawkins, Will Self, Bill Bryson, Jeremy Paxman and Lord Lamont. The idea was to come up with a test which all MPs should be able to answer to enter the House of Commons. You may or may not find it a bit rigorous. Read more