On a Short Lead

There’s been a shakeup at No. 10. Adviser Dom Cummings is out, as is communications director Lee Cain. So who’s calling the shots? Boris? Carrie Symonds? Klaus Schwab? And who’s that measuring drapes?

The Young house is getting a rewire (and we hope renovations go better than it did in Chelsea) and the world seems to be getting a “Great Reset” much to the dismay of James and Toby. Every element of society seems to be lining up to criminalise dissent.

In the Culture Corner James has been watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix while Toby goes the book route reviewing Robert Harris’ V2 and a 2010 book, Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre. James counters with the audio book version of Agincourt by Bernard Cromwell.

Finally, does Toby qualify as a “celebrity?” Get me out of here!

This week’s opening sound is Deputy leader writer at The Sun Olivia Utley courtesy of The Mike Graham Show on talkRADIO.

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  1. StephenHenstock Listener
    StephenHenstock
    @StephenHenstock

    Thought this article might be useful regarding Delingpole’s comments on “The Queen’s Gambit” and the fantastical nature of the female protagonist’s mastery of chess over her male competition: 

    https://en.chessbase.com/post/explaining-male-predominance-in-chess 

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  2. Richard Easton Member
    Richard Easton
    @RichardEaston

    Judit Polgar is the exception. At her peak, she was ranked number 8 in the world.

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  3. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle
    @MattBartle

    I hope James and Toby watch the latest season of The Crown and let us know what they think of the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

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