George Osborne’s 20-year-old son Luke has inherited his father’s “entrepreneurial flair”, says Steerpike in The Spectator. A Bristol University undergrad, Osborne junior has registered his own nightclub business on Companies House under the name The Constitution Limited. Over the summer, he hosted nights at Berties in Newquay, which were claimed to offer an “immersive genre-fluid return to raving”. He’s now putting on an event for Bristol’s fresher’s week that promises to “smack shades of shit out of your Tuesday night”.
EU-turn for Barnier?
Michel Barnier, who once spent his days “duffing up the UK in the Brexit negotiations”, has changed his tune, says Mark Wallace in the I. He’s bidding to become French president for the centre right Republicans, and in a speech last week declared that France “must regain” its legal sovereignty from the EU. “What on earth has happened to him?” Either he has genuinely changed his mind about the single market after a decade as EU commissioner, or he’s decided that the EU is so unpopular that attacking it is a route to political success. Neither option reflects well on the bloc.
The last word on Starmer’s new tract
Keir Starmer is planning to publish a 14,000-word essay on Labour’s values. Ex-miners will never wade through that kind of verbosity, the left-wing MP Jon Trickett told The Daily Telegraph. I’m not so sure, says Tom Peck in The Independent. If you attend the annual Durham Miners Gala, you’ll find a great many former miners “parading up and down the street with massive banners of that notoriously concise wordsmith, Karl Marx”.