Her judgment was universal. One said: “She is a beautiful woman, decent, honorable, but she is not that fast.”
Another said it would be “a mistake to replace a leader with a brain the size of Britain with someone with a brain the size of the Isle of Man”.
Today I’m quite surprised to see that the same people are now on TV campaigning for Mordaunt to be the savior of the Tory party.
And even more surprising that the lovely young woman I hired as junior press secretary for William Hague in the Conservative Central Office more than 20 years ago should now be the second favorite for the top job. The world has gone mad.
Her judgment was universal. One said: “She is a beautiful woman, decent, honorable, but she is not that fast.” Another said it would be “a mistake to replace a leader with a brain the size of Britain with someone with a brain the size of the Isle of Man”.
When I first met Penny she was stunningly beautiful with a Marilyn Monroe figure and tons of perfectly coiffed hair – but she never toyed with her sexuality.
She was a hard worker. She lived in Reading and walked to the 4am bus, then the 5am train to be at the London office at 6 for her early shift. Even then she was very ambitious. Today her PM4PM slogan is funny, but the thought of her becoming our Prime Minister horrifies me.
Choosing our next leader is an existential challenge. Front runner Rishi Sunak is a member of the liberal global elite, incredibly wealthy with a wife claiming Non-Dom tax status. And a backstabber whose resignation heralded Boris’ downfall.
Then we have Mordaunt, a trade secretary-turned-foreign secretary, waking up untested in the heat of battle and still aware of what it means to be a woman. In third place is Liz Truss, a woman who has served as Secretary of State in the Cabinet and has, even her critics admit, made quite a distinction.
The competition has become a game that women play after, after a few glasses too many wine, choosing someone to sleep with: “Which one, if I have to?” Who could choose a sneaky one like Sunak or a Ingenuity decide like Mordaunt?
Which ones if you have to? I’m afraid it would have to be Liz Truss.
When I first met Penny she was stunningly beautiful with a Marilyn Monroe figure and tons of perfectly coiffed hair – but she never toyed with her sexuality. She was a hard worker. She lived in Reading and walked to the 4am bus, then the 5am train to be at the London office at 6 for her early shift
My vet told me to put sunscreen on my redhead tomcat Ted, who is mostly white with spots, to prevent skin cancer. I applied Factor 50 to my nose, ears and stomach as recommended. He was clearly distraught and spent the next two hours licking everything off before throwing up on the sofa.
The sinner takes everything
After leaving his second wife at 41, Abbas Björn Ulvaeus, 77, appears with his new girlfriend Christina Sas, almost three decades his junior, saying they have been together “for a while” and that she has nothing to do with his marriage to do end.
Mamma Mia, here we go again! Honestly, I could never trust a man who divorced the most divine woman in the world, his first wife Agnetha, her with perfect thighs.
Divine irony for Hugh
How disappointing that Hugh Grant says he will not be taking on the role of Prince Andrew in forthcoming film about BBC Newsnight’s interview with Emily Maitlis – leading to the Queen’s son being removed from public life because he allegedly slept with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s girls.
Perhaps Grant feared it would bring back memories of his own sexual indiscretions after he was arrested for “indecent behavior” with LA hooker Divine Brown.
How disappointing that Hugh Grant says he will not be taking on the role of Prince Andrew in the forthcoming film about the BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis
In one breath, TV veteran Fern Britton says she wishes she’d “stayed through” her 20-year marriage to her rather naughty ex-husband, chef Phil Vickery, and not pulled out of it. In the next, she says she’s happy to be single, that “life is freaking perfect right now,” but she wouldn’t turn down the advances of someone who is “lovable and kind.” Which is really sad, as those who know him say, Phil is both — and apparently still single.
Ahead of next week’s predicted heatwave, some schools are canceling physical education classes to protect their prized diddums, while others are telling students to stay home and indoors as the temperature rises. No surprises from teachers of our most spoiled generation of kids. What melts first in the heat? A snowflake.
Great sympathy after Mo Farah’s revelation that he was trafficked to the UK and forced into domestic bondage following the death of his father aged nine.
What a terrible ordeal, but we all still love him.
Perhaps more importantly, we’ve all been heartened by those television scenes in which the multi-millionaire is reunited with his mother and brothers. That’s a story I’d love to hear: How Mo used his wealth to help them out of abject poverty.
How Rooney’s came up short
Prince Charles and Camilla top Tatler’s annual Social Power Index as the most influential couple in the UK, a no-brainer as they are our future King and Queen consort. But how absurd that Wayne and Coleen Rooney finished second or even showed up.
He, the plump, prostitute-loving former football star now heading to the US to find work; She, the WAG, stays at home to take care of her four children when she is not on vacation.
The only thing these women have in common, as Camilla revealed in a documentary this week, is their love for gnomes. Camilla has them in her garden, Coleen is married to one.
Well done Nigella Lawson, who slammed mean TV chefs for turning cooking into a “theater of cruelty” and making people worry about the food at home. My recipe for a stress-free meal is Costco’s Beef Casserole, Macaroni Cheese, and Salad — plus big dollops of vino. Licking the spoon a la Nigella is optional.
It’s about songs, Lady G
Lady Gaga has teamed up with Donatella Versace to design extravagant outfits for her upcoming world tour – so valuable they have their own 24/7 security guards.
Meanwhile, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are on a world tour, wearing jeans and singing songs that define our lives. Lady Gaga is all about the costumes, not the songs. It seems a bit shallow, Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga has teamed up with Donatella Versace to design extravagant outfits for her upcoming world tour – so valuable they have their own 24/7 security guards
After Ivana Trump’s death at age 73 by falling down the stairs, many remember her famous line in her cameo in the hit film The First Wives’ Club, advising women on divorce: “Don’t angry, get everything!”
But that understates the true story of the Czech refugee who ended up in America as a model, became a successful businesswoman herself, helped design Trump Tower (which we can just forgive her), married four times, and supported her ex Donald’s run for the presidency.
And you have to admire a woman who said, “My version of helicopter parenting was taking the kids to work with me in the Trump helicopter.”
BetterUp, a San Francisco mental health company, has to wonder why they hired Prince Harry as “Chief Impact Officer” when he told us to “strain” our minds instead of “fixing” them to the to unleash the greatness within us. Who wants lectures on greatness from a nagger like that?
A new report reveals that amid the cost-of-living crisis, some families are now so poor they are forced to use dish soap as shampoo and even wash their clothes. do you call that poor? Growing up in Australia in the 1960s, where the newspaper was the emergency toilet roll and a bar of soap was the hair wash, Fairy Liquid was a luxury!
So Kylie unlikely
Ahead of her appearance in the final episode of Neighbors, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan release their 1988 hit, Special for You, in which she sings, “My love has never changed, I still feel the same.”
And miraculously, the Australian star’s face still looks the same 34 years later. Kylie is now 54 and denies she ever had any work done. She says it’s all because of her Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser and her good genes. To which we women of a certain age respond, we should be so lucky!