Tuck into my Referendum dinner


THE polls will soon close after the historic EU referendum and now we must while away the hours until the result.

I shall switch off and tuck into a referendum dinner – with a special menu for the occasion.

Here’s my choice. Feel free to add or tweet yours.

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Full English Brexit.

A pair of Ukippers

Hope not hake (fresh from the fish-scaremongers).

Fib of beef served with Brussels sprouts.

Porkie pies.

Stuffed vine Leaves.


Loads of meat balls (without the meat)

And for the losers:

Humble pie, hard cheese served with sour grapes.

I’ll Fix it or Brexit


JUST hours left until Britain goes to the polls to decide whether our nation’s future is in or outside the European Union.

Lots of arguments have been heard on both sides during the past few weeks – with campaigners accused of lies, scares and smears.

So I thought it worth looking up what the Prime Minister told me during an interview last October – before he had started negotiations for our new membership “deal”.

Here it is:

DAVID Cameron today warns EU leaders to “fix it” for Britain or he will lead us to the exit door.

The PM reveals for the first time he would be prepared to head the out campaign in a referendum if he fails to win us a better deal.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he admits he has “a job to do” to convince our army of readers that we should stay in.

But asked if he could see himself leading the out campaign, he replied: “If we don’t get what I want, I’ve said I’ll rule nothing out. And by that I mean I’ll rule nothing out.”

Speaking on the eve of the Tory conference, which opens today, Mr Cameron warned “bossy” EU leaders they will be the biggest losers if Britain votes to go it alone.

He insisted he was steaming ahead with his EU reform agenda but suggested a shake-up of human rights laws was a little too slow.

He admitted: “We need to get on with this. We’re going to do what we said and produce a British Bill of Rights. Just because it wasn’t in the first session of Parliament doesn’t mean it won’t be in the second.”

The PM has given up hope of halting free movement across the EU but believes he can cut the number of arrivals by slashing perks.

He said: “We benefit from free movement because we can live and work or retire to other European countries.

“Let’s keep that, but stop access to our welfare system, including our in-work benefits, which basically give people as much as £10,000 to £12,000 a year in year one and allows you to keep your family in south east Europe and claim British levels of child benefit.”

He claimed there would be even more non-EU migrants trying to reach Britain if it was outside Europe.

He said: “Our borders would be under even more pressure because the co-operation we get from the French means that our border can be sited on the other side of the Channel.”

Mr Cameron admitted his biggest job before the referendum he has promised for 2017 will be clinching a better deal from EU chiefs whom he says “drive me up the wall”.

But he is determined to win over the Eurosceptics. He said: “People are saying ‘You’ll never get what you want’. Well, let’s wait and see.”


Mr Cameron knows he will have his work cut out convincing Sun regulars to vote to stay in Europe.

A YouGov poll yesterday showed 55 per cent of our readers want out compared with 23 per cent in.

He said: “Sun readers like me want to know our benefits system isn’t open to abuse from people coming to work in Britain. And I need to fix that.

“Sun readers want to know that Europe will be a source of growth, jobs and competitivenessand not a drag anchor on the British economy. And I need to fix that.” Mr Cameron needs to per-suade EU leaders to allow change or risk losing Britain.

The PM said: “There’s a lot that’s wrong with Europe that we’re going to fix. It’s too big, too bossy, too interfering.

“Britain would be worse off outside a reformed Europe. And I tell you what, Europe would be a lot worse off without us. “We bring military power, diplomatic heft, a big market, great businesses, an Atlantic relationship. All these things make Europe more outwardlooking. Europe doesn’t want Britain to go and I think if I’ve played my hand properly, we’ll get a better deal.

“I need to convince Sun readers we are going to take the good bits, get rid of the bad bitsand secure Britain’s prosperity and influence in the world.

“If I can fix all those things, and I’m confident I will, I can win over Sun readers.”

Mr Cameron vowed to stay on as PM right up to the 2020 General Election.

He said that before then he will turn the economy around, create job security and counter the threat from international terrorists.

And he will root his party in the political centre ground while Labour “charges off to the Left”.

He declared: “While others are losing their heads, we shall be keeping ours and delivering the security people want.

“Security in their lives, jobs and livelihoods and childcare but also national security, as well. But there’s an opportunity for the Conservative Party to go even further on social reform.

“At a time when Labour are heading off to the hills, you’ll see us firmly camped in the common ground of politics.”

Asked what he wants his legacy to be, he said: “I want to do a good job, turn the economy around and build a stronger society. We haven’t finished the economic job but there’s a platform to build on.”

Mr Cameron resisted the temptation to scoff at leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn struggling to hold Labour together. He said of the Opposition leader: “There’s an element of comedy when seven Shadow Cabinet ministers come in and disagree publicly with him.

“But actually this guy is a very serious threat to the financial security of every family in this country and to our national security, too.”

Mr Cameron also warned of super-high tax rates, chaotic nationalisation and inflation if Mr Corbyn ever wins power.

Chatting in his No10 study, he added: “Most don’t remem-ber the 1980s so we’ve got to make these arguments again.”

stay-” Mr Cameron ruled out staing on to have a third crack at winning a general election for the Tories or bowing out early, vowing to complete “two full terms”.

He said: “Ten years as PM is a good time. I feel fit, healthy, passionate about my work andcommitted to the job.

“I wake up every day thinking what an honour it is to do it and I am going to give it everything I’ve got for the next five years.”

david.wooding@the-sun.co.uk See The Sun on Sunday Says ON MUSIC THE PM says he’s a “bit square” and was a schoolboy fan of Supertramp. He is tempted to see the band at a London gig in December but fears: “They might be like Morrissey and ban me.” He likes singer Emiliana Torrini and US band The War on Drugs, top.

.Supertramp may ban me like Morrissey He says: “I’m a big Coldplay fan.

They’re cooler than Supertramp.”

ON ASHCROFT MR Cameron hit back at the “scurrilous rumours” peddled in Lord Ashcroft’s biography. He said: “Some things in that book are unbelievable.

They didn’t happen.

sands Now thousands of trees have died, Supertramp sales have gone up and one man’s reputation lies in ruins.

Things in that book so wrong I’m not sure Michael Ashcroft will ever recover.”

ON FAMILY TELLY and computer games are banned before lunch in the Prime Minister’s household. Mr Cameron enforces a strict “no-screen” period on his kids Nancy, 11, Elwen, nine, and Flo, five.

He said: “Telly is quite carefully restricted.” He has seen all of Game of Thrones and is now watching Italian crime show 1992.

TV quite carefully restricted ON MOVIES MOVIE-lover Mr Cameron took son Elwen to see Jurassic World and was scared out of his wits. He admitted: “I was terrified.

I nearly broke his arm I was holding on so hard. Unlike the Labour conference, the dinosaurs come to life.” The PM is a James Bond fan and is “very excited” about the next film Spectre.

New Jez Honours


THERE have shocks and surprises galore in the corridors of power during 2015.

The Tories pipped Labour at the election winning post, the Lib Dems collapsed, Scottish nationalism triumphed and a little-known backbencher called Jeremy Corbyn became one of the most talked about politicians in the country.

Like the rest of them, he’s made us chuckle with a host of cock-ups and U-turns.

So let’s chill out and take a light-hearted look at the past year in Parliament with my New Jez Honours.1425551_10153174642391945_7409042168289219243_n

PANTO POLITICS PRIZE: Jeremy Corbyn for his starring role as Aladdin’s pal Wishy-Washy. Will he wear a red poppy on Remembrance Day? Oh, no, he won’t – oh, yes he will! Will he force Labour MPs to vote against air strikes on terrorists in Syria? Oh, yes, he will – oh, no, he won’t! Will he kneel before the Queen when he joins the Privy Council? Oh, no, he won’t – oh, yes, he will!

PANTO VILLAIN: George Osborne plays Baron Hardup by axing tax credits for three million low-paid families. Then the Chancellor pulled a fast one on Labour by giving claimants a last-minute reprieve.

HIS LEWDSHIP: Disgraced Lord Sewel took politics back into the sewer after being caught on film snorting cocaine with a pair of £200-a-night hookers at his flat. The deputy speaker was forced to quit his seat after being exposed by The Sun on Sunday – but will keep his title.

SNOUTS IN THE TROUGH AWARD: Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza clocked up a £230 bill keeping a chauffeur-driven car waiting four hours while she watched an opera a mile from Parliament. We’d like to see her Rigoletto that one.

TOFF IN THE SNOUTS AWARD: David Cameron for hogging the headlines after a book claimed he put his “private part” into a dead pig’s mouth as part of an outrageous student initiation ceremony. The PM got his own back, branding author Lord Ashcroft “a little p****”.

26560518303_8b33b2e613_oORDER OF THE GREEDY PIG: A special prize goes to aptly-named Tory Douglas Hogg who re-boarded the Westminster gravy train five years after being thrown off. He was forced to quit as an MP after claiming £2,200 expenses to clean his moat – but has been given a seat in the Lords.

LAZARUS PRIZE FOR POLITICAL COMEBACK: Anti-war campaigner Ken Livingstone has a new lease of life co-chairing Labour’s defence review. Now he says he’d accept a seat in the Lords – which he wants to abolish – if Mr Corbyn offers him one.

SHORTEST RESIGNATION: Nigel Farage keeps his promise to quit as Ukip leader if he fails to be elected as an MP – only to re-instate himself three days later, claiming the party’s ruling board refused to accept his resignation.



REBEL OF THE YEAR: Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell made history by staging a one-man backbench rebellion against party leader Nigel Farage. Let’s hope there isn’t a split. He’d find that even more painful.

GOLDEN BLADDER AWARD: Speaker John Bercow, who sat through an 11-hour Commons debate on Syria without a loo break. But then he always was good at stopping government leaks.

GOLDEN BALLS-UP AWARD: Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls urged everyone get a receipt when paying a handyman cash for odd jobs. Then his window cleaner revealed he had never asked for one in 17 years.

GRAVEST MISTAKE: Ed Miliband spent £15,000 on an 8ft “gravestone” carved with six key pledges days before the general election. The Ed Stone made him a laughing stock – and buried his hopes of becoming PM.

KICK A MAN WHEN HE’S DOWN PRIZE: Six-year-old Daniel Miliband for bluntly telling his defeated dad: “You used to be famous.”

BIG BENN CLANGER OF THE YEAR: SNP MP George Kerevan for saying Tony Benn would be “turning in his grave” at his son Hilary’s passionate speech in favour of air strikes in Syria. His remarks enraged the family of the late Leftie icon – who was actually cremated.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, WAR IS OVER, DIPLOMA:  Diane Abbott, who spent a stormy meeting of Labour MPs, in which her ex-lover Jeremy Corbyn faced a barrage of criticism over his soft stance on terrorism, calmly signing her Christmas cards.

VANITY FAIR AWARD FOR SELFIE-EXPOSURE: SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond for missing a Commons debate on whether to launch air strikes on Syria so he could unveil a portrait of himself in Edinburgh. A Labour wag summed it up perfectly: “If Alex Salmond was chocolate, he’d eat himself.”

BOOKER PRIZE FOR BEING WELL RED: Labour’s John McDonnell stunned MP by quoting Chinese communist mass murderer Chairman Mao in the Commons. He pulled out a copy of the despot’s little red book, read a section and threw it to George Osborne. The Chancellor kept it. Expect to see it thrown back at McDonnell in 2016 – or auctioned to raise Tory funds.

GAFFE OF THE YEAR: David Cameron for mixing up the claret and blue of West Ham United with that of Aston Villa – the team he tells us he supports.

TORY OF THE YEAR: Russell Brand for helping David Cameron win the election by telling his army of young fans not to vote – then urging them to back Labour when it was too late to register.

GILLETTE AWARD FOR THE SHARPEST POLITICAL PUTDOWN: Union boss Sir Paul Kenny on George Osborne’s handling of the economy: “He’s claimed more recoveries in the past five years than the RAC.”

BARBIE MEDAL FOR FEMINISM: Harriet Harman for launching a national wide tour to attract more women voters – in a PINK battlebus. A Westminster wag quipped: “I wonder what she thinks of the make-up of the Cabinet? She’d probably say there’s not enough pink lipstick.”


LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN MEDAL FOR SPORT: London Mayor Boris Johnson’s over-exuberance in a game of touch rugby went wrong when he flattened a poor ten-year-old boy. If you think that’s bad, just wait until the Tory leadership race starts.
PLAIN SPEAKING AWARD: Labour’s Chris Bryant complained there were too many posh people in the arts. Singer James Blunt tweeted: “You classic gimp…it is your populist, envy-based, vote-hunting ideas which make our country c**p, far more than me and my s*** songs and plummy accent.”

ROCKY BELT FOR PARLIAMENTARY PUNCH-UPS: Rookie Labour MP Jessica Phillips for telling Diane Abbott to “f*** off” after she pulled her up for criticising their leader. She revealed: “People said to me they had always wanted to say that to her, and I don’t know why they don’t as the opportunity presents itself every other minute.” Asked how Ms Abbott responded, she replied: “She f***ed off.”

GREENHOUSE GAS GONG:  Leftie singer Charlotte Church produced more hot air than global warming itself by blaming the war in Syria on…climate change.

TWITS OF THE YEAR: Labour MP David Lammy for tweeting: “Good luck to students waiting for there GCSE results today. Rooting for you!” Wonder what grade he got in English? Labour’s Helen Goodman, forced to apologise after tweeting this about the Health Secretary’s Chinese missus: “If China is so great why did Jeremy Hunt’s wife come to England?” The BBC numpty who sent a tweet suggesting Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke was asleep during a Commons debate – when he was leaning close to a speaker because he is partially deaf.

MBE – Mugs of the British Empire: All the pollsters for totally misjudging the mood of the nation – right up to 10pm on election day. At least there’s now someone less trustworthy than our politicians.

Happy New Year everyone, which ever of this bunch you support!

New curbs on legal fees which cost NHS £259m on top of compo pay-outs


FAT cat lawyers are to be banned from cashing in on NHS blunders by charging sky-high legal fees.

Ministers aim to save £80 million a year by halting rip-off legal bills hospitals are forced to pay on top of compo for botched operations.

More than £2.50 in every tenner paid out goes straight to lawyers – who sometimes pocket more than the negligence victims.

One legal firm slapped in an £80,000 bill for representing a patient who received just £1,000.

In another case, a solicitor charged the NHS £175,000 after helping a patient to win only £11,800.

But new rules being drawn up by the government will end the “excessive” and “extortionate” practice by capping how much lawyers can demand handling low-cost claims.

They will in future only be able to charge a fixed percentage of the damages  of up to £100,000 won by a patient.

The predicted savings will be enough to pay for 1,870 extra nurses, 14,000 hip or knee replacements or 112,000 cataract ops.

Health minister Ben Gummer said: “Safe, compassionate care is my utmost priority and to achieve this, the NHS must make sure every penny counts.

“Unscrupulously, some lawyers have used patient claims to load grossly excessive costs on to the NHS and charge far more than the patient receives in compensation.

“Our one nation approach is about being on the side of hard-working taxpayers and these financial controls will ensure money is pumped back into patient care.”

Last year the NHS paid out £1.2billion in clinical negligence claims, of which £259 million was paid to patients’ lawyers.

Many firms work on a “no win, no fee” basis raising fears that “claims farmers” are encouraging more patients to sue.

Mr Gummer vowed that any savings from the new cap would go straight back into frontline NHS care, along with the £2billion budget increase for this year.

Emma Hallinan, of the  Medical Protection Society, said: “It’s great that the government is tackling this important issue. A new approach is desperately needed.

“We have been calling for a fixed cost regime to help address the rising cost of clinical negligence and it is fantastic to see that the government plans to cap excessive legal fees that are placing such a burden on the public purse.”

My general election playlist


POLITICIANS of all shades are busy drawing up their playlists of music to stir them up for the final hours of election day campaigning.

Often they make the mistake of picking popular tunes with a title or lyric that matches their beliefs – such as Revolution by The Beatles or David Bowie’s Changes.

So I’ve drawn up a playlist of REAL music that will definitely “pump you up”, as David Cameron might say. Or “hell, yes,” if your name is Ed. And each piece I have chosen has a political twist.

First up is Glinka’s popular overture Russlan and Ludmilla – the lively opening of which was used by the Liberal Democrats in a party election broadcast during Paddy Ashdown’s leadership.

Next comes the stirring slow theme from the last movement of Brahms’s first symphony. This was borrowed by Labour to fire up Neil Kinnock’s campaign in the 1980s. Sadly for him, it didn’t strike a chord with the voters. And worse, he had it playing on his in-car hi-fi when he was involved in a crash.

We follow that with a double delight from two of England’s greatest composers. Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra, which uses a theme by Henry Purcell. Michael Howard adopted this as his election tune when he took on the might of Tony Blair, but it didn’t do the trick for him. Bit of a theme developing here, I fear. But all still good stirring music, so don’t give up.

Never have politicians interfered in the genius of composers more than in Soviet Russia. It is a miracle that Shostakovich managed to produce such brilliant works while being persecuted by Stalin. The Gadfly is marvellous collection of shorter pieces written as film music and will really get you in the mood – whether you’re a hard-line Red or, like the maestro, an opponent.

Perhaps the most powerful political work of all is Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. It is about freedom. The opera tells how Leonora, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio“, rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Beethoven wrote four overtures to this masterpiece. My favourite is Leonora No 3.

North of the border, Scottish voters may enjoy a little bit of nationalist music before they decide…and there’s none better than the overture Land of Mountain and Flood by Hamish MacCunn.

Over to Wales, I’ve opted for the land of song’s well-known composer Ivor Novello, who’s real name was David Davies! He ventured from popular music to write a lovely serious piece called…Rose of England.

Finally, there was no greater socialist on the British music scene than Ralph Vaughan Williams, who showed today’s politicians of the same colour a thing or two by turning down a knighthood. Thank you for your wonderful music plain old Mr Vaughan Williams. Here’s part of his quintessentially English sixth symphony.

Have a good campaign, whoever you support. Use these wonderful sounds to stir your passions but please keep politics out of our music!

Bojo reveals his “Mafia” code for victory

DAVID WOODING interviews London Mayor Boris Johnson

ED Miliband was branded a back-stabber yesterday by Boris Johnson who vowed never to knife his own MP brother.

The London Mayor launched a blistering attack on the Labour leader over the ruthless way he snatched his party’s crown from his big bruv David’s head.

And he declared: “It’s just not something that we do in our family.”

Tory Boris said he and his rising star brother Jo will stick to a Mafiastyle code of “never, ever” turning on each other.

Mimicking the gruff tones of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, he declared: “It’s the family. We don’t do it like that … never, ever.”

In an exclusive interview, BoJo was scathing over Red Ed’s brutal knifing of his own brother in the 2010 Labour leadership battle.

He said: “He clearly stabbed his own brother in the back. There’s all this pseudo indignation of the Left whenever anyone utters those words.

“But it’s a well-known political metaphor we have been using all our professional lives.

“Nobody is suggesting David Miliband presented himself at A&E with a knife between his ribs. But however you look at it, I don’t think he was too chuffed about what happened.

“I don’t think back-stabber is a metaphor from which David Miliband would wholly dissent. In fact, he might endorse it.”


Orpington MP Jo Johnson, 43, head of the 10 Downing Street policy unit, is tipped as a future Tory leader, like his better-known older brother.

But Boris, 50, insists there is an unwritten family rule which forbids them fighting over the top job.

He said: “Jo is doing brilliantly. The manifesto is fantastic and makes an offer to voters that they can’t refuse.”

Then he quoted Michael Corleone’s words to his own brother in The Godfather.

“What is it he says to Fredo? ‘Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you, but don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again, ever.”

Bojo dismissed Mr Miliband’s “useless” record in government and claimed the Labour chief would be a “lapdog” of the Scottish National Party if he ever became PM. He added: “I don’t think he has the slightest interest in or understanding of the wealth-creating side of our economy.

“You need a strong and healthy public sector with great healthcare, schools and infrastructure but you also need the wealth-creating sector to be vibrantand dynamic and competitive.

“He is an emanation of the public sector. I don’t believe he has ever earned a penny from a free-market enterprise of any kind, from the private sector, from a business. As far as I know, all his income is wholly and exclusively from the state.”

Boris warned Mr Miliband would have to plead “on bended knee” before the SNP to get things done.

He said: “He would be the lapdog of Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond and they would be diverting big sums of investment away from the South East, away from London, away from England.

“By-passes wouldn’t get built, the A358 from Ilminster to Taunton wouldn’t get done. What would happen to Cross Rail Two? What about the hundreds of thousands of homes we need to build?”

Boris recalled how Red Ed missed a chance to create thousands of jobs when in Gordon Brown’s Cabinet.


He said: “I had some dealings with him when he was luxuriating in the post of Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and we had a great plan to save money and create thousands of jobs.

“This is when the crisis had just hit, thousands of businesses were going to the wall and 190,000 people lost their jobs in a few months.

went to Miliband and said, we’ve got a great plan. You can retrofit your home so you can put in lagging and it will create jobs, save money and cut CO2and you finance it out of the future savings on energy bills.

“He wasn’t interested. He didn’t understand it. He didn’t care and I came out of that meeting thinking we’re going to have to do this on our own or with somebody else.

“Luckily, the coalition came in, produced the Green Deal, we’ve done 113,000 homes in London now, retrofitted them and CO2 has come down. So my objection to him is that he is a socialist theoretician who thinks the only problem with socialism is it has never been properly tried.”

David Cameron sees Boris, who is standing in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, as his “secret weapon” in the closest run election in decades.

He joked: “I have been weaponised by the PM. I have never really decommissioned my weapons. The warheads are pretty much on full-time ocean-going alert and are primed and ready to fire at all stages.”

As ew quipped afterwards: “Ed-o, you’re my brother and I love you, but don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again”.


LABOUR has done more to privatise the NHS than any other party yet it shamelessly peddles scare stories about Tories, Boris claims. He said: “Labour engaged in the biggest transfer of health service money into the private sector. Now we’ve been saddled with huge debts.”

The mayor thinks there is nothing wrong with private firms being used efficiently in hospitals.

He said: “Sometimes it works badly and sometimes it works well. Health care is a huge winner for Britain and we have people who come from around the world to pay through the nose.”


THE Tories will soon have more black and ethnic minority MPs than Labour, he claims.

“Yes, we are still overwhelmingly white and middle class but we are changing fast.

“We are the party that speaks for the whole of this country.”

He blames the last Labour Government for creating an immigration crisis.

“Labour betrayed people by allowing huge numbers of immigrants, legal and in many cases illegal, to come to Britain without any controls. “It was a deliberate act.”


BORIS may be posh but has only one kitchen and is happy to make that clear.

His also owns a single TV set and a battered old car to use when not on his bicycle. He spoke out on the Ed Miliband kitchens row. Boris said: “I don’t give a monkeys about how he eats bacon sarnies. I don’t even care how many kitchens he has.

“I do object to him standing for a party that will stop ordinary people from acquiring their own kitchen and moving forward with their own lives. We’re the party of kitchen construction. He’s the party of kitchen concealment.”


THE London Mayor loves being a dad and jokes his main role is to embarrass his kids.

He often sang the Jimmy Cliff hit “I can see clearly now” at the top of his voice while taking his youngsters to school.

Bojo said: “Why do my children think about having me as a father? I’ve never ever asked that appalling question. On the whole, I think inevitably they find me extremely embarrassing, but that’s the case with all fathers at some stage or another. One of our roles in life is to embarrass our children.”

Mr Johnson adds: “I used to walk them to school singing ‘I can see clearly now’ very loudly until they begged me to shut up.”

The Old Etonian dad-of-four fondly remembers his days at Primrose Hill state primary school in North London – one also attended by another political figure.

He grins: “Don’t forget, I was educated at the same school, I’m proud to say, as the party leader…Ed Miliband.

“It is a great school and I absolutely loved it. You should ask Ed Miliband whether he can remember Mr Nyman and Miss Climbie. I be he can. Mr Nyman was the music teacher.

“Mr Fox was a great teacher, too. I don’t care whether they’re free schools, academies or schools totally under the control of the council, provided they are of high standard and have happy , well-motivated pupils.”


BORIS left his Tory leadership rival Theresa May in the shade when both were asked to draw a self portrait for a collage in a Westminster hotel. Boris produced a huge, signed picture of himself, left, right beside her tiny effort on the same canvas. He says it would be “a wonderful thing” to lead the Tories but warns that first he “has t

He said: “I think, inevitably, they find me extremely embarrassing but that’s the case with all fathers at some stage or another.

“I used to walk them to school singing, ‘I can see clearly now’ very loudly until they begged me to shut up.”

The dad of four fondly recalls his days at Primrose Hill state primary in North London. He grins: “I was educated at the same school, I’m proud to say, as Ed Miliband.

“I don’t care if schools are free, academies or under council control provided they are of high standard and have happy, wellmotivated pupils.”



BORIS loves ITV’s portrayal of him in the new satirical show Newzoids.

In one episode of the computer-generated show, mop-headed Boris storms into 10 Downing Street on a zipwire. He says: “It does look like me, actually. If anything, it’s a bit flattering. It reminds me faintly of Worzel Gummidge but there is something chillingly lifelike about it.”

Mr Johnson insists his “dishevelled” barnet, he says trimmed regularly by a very nice barber at a reasonable price, is not a carefully-coiffured image. He said: “It is what it is.”

My kids take the Mickey out of me…but want the blue team to win

DAVID WOODING interviews the Prime Minister

DAVID Cameron has been taking the rough and tumble of the election campaign in his stride because his biggest critics are at home.

The PM reveals his three kids are always poking fun at him over everything from his casual dress sense to his taste in music and films.

He admits nothing helps him keep his feet on the ground more than when they tell him: “Dad, you’re so embarrassing.”

In a frank interview with The Sun on Sunday, Mr Cameron gives a rare glimpse of life in 10 Downing Street with the children he calls “the light of my life”.

He describes how he has gently explained how they might have to move out of the family home in 17 days’ time if “the blue team” fails to win the General Election. Mr Cameron also reveals how he:

CLASHED with wife Samantha over whether their kids should be allowed to have tattoos.

BLOCKED eldest daughter Nancy’s demands to have her ears pierced.

STAVES off hunger during the gruelling campaign with bags of popcorn and peanuts.

TAKES tips from former PM Sir John Major, who won the 1992 election against the odds.


The PM gently spelled out how May 7 could turn the family’s world upside down in a heart-toheart with Nancy, 11, Elwen, seven, and four-year-old Florence.

He said: “I sat them down a few weeks ago and told them what would be happening and the possible outcomes.

“They like Number 10 and would miss it, and Larry the Downing Street cat who’s become almost like part of the family.

“They know what Daddy is doing. Daddy is fighting an election, running the blue team. “They want the blue team to win. They know what happens if the blue team doesn’t win and they are very supportive. They are wonderful children. They are the light of my life.”

But he added: “They still take the mickey out of me daily, which they enjoy. To them I’m just a normal dad, who they think is a bit square and sometimes embarrassing. It’s very sobering to come home to after a day in the office.

“They rib me about, you know, anything from my CD collection to what I watch on TV.”

Mr Cameron says he is teaching his adored son to play tennis and cricket, in which he’s a good bat.

He admits Nancy, who starts secondary school in September, is already starting to act like a teenager, and wants her ears pierced.

He declared: “I’m in that fight with Nancy at the moment. We’ll probably reach an agreement over what age she can have them done. We’re in negotiations!”

And tattoos? Sam has a leaping dolphin on her right ankle and would be “fine” if her kids have body art, but her husband says they’d have to clear it with him.

He said: “I’m not a big fan. I love Samantha’s tattoo, it’s very small, very discreet. But I’d be a square dad and tell the children to think very carefully about it.” Nancy, he says, is also developing a wicked sense of humour and has made up her own jokes about Ed Miliband’s two kitchens.

He said: “She was punching the air over the kitchen jokes. She thought that was all very funny. She also loved that video of Nick Clegg set to the song I’m Sorry.”

The PM opened his heart on the Conservative battle bus on which, in between speeches, he ploughs through his ministerial red box and takes phone calls.

He revealed he’s in touch with former PM Mr Major who bounced back to win the 1992 election after being written off by pollsters.

“He is very wise and has given me some very good advice,” said the PM. “He has been incredibly supportive and I think he’s someone who it’s good to listen to.”

Mr Cameron admits to having a sneaky chuckle when he read The Sun on Sunday’s scoop about Ed Miliband leaving his notes behind — calling himself the “happy warrior” — after the TV debates.

He said: “I had notes with a few facts and figures I wanted to remember, but no happy warrior.”

Mr Cameron insists the hard, 17-day slog ahead is all about the hopes and dreams of the nation.

He says: “It’s frustrating people keep saying they don’t hear any vision from us. But there’s no bigger vision than saying to people, let’s build a country where, if you work hard, there’s a job for you, there’s an apprenticeship, a university place, a home that we can build that you can buy and own.

“There’s a family you can raise who can have a good place, there’s a good school for your child and there’s a retirement you can enjoy.

“To me that is the vision. That’s the dream most people in our country have of what they’d like to achieve. A country which, if you do the right thing, rewards you.”


DAVID Cameron reveals son Elwen laughs at his love of old westerns starring legends like John Wayne, left.

He says: “He can’t see the point. He thinks if you can watch action films like Fast & Furious why would you watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, or Shane? “I hope to persuade him to try to watch spaghetti westerns one day, but he’s proving harder to convert than any die-hard voter at the moment.”

He says his kids also laugh at his music tastes, which include Radiohead, The Smiths and Pink Floyd, who wrote Dark Side of the Moon, right.

He added: “It’s a generational gap, I suppose. I get jibes such as, ‘Why do you like that rubbish music?'”


THE PM admits his blood boils when fat cat “experts” attack his bid to widen home ownership.

He blasted Lib Dems who have blocked his right-to-buy scheme and added: “We’re mad to have council houses worth a million pounds.

“If you sell one of those off when it becomes empty you could build another ten homes.”

He said: “These so-called experts who are criticising us are all people who have bought houses themselves, often very nice houses, on large salaries.

“It does make my blood boil because I think, hold on, why is it all right for you but it’s not all right for a person living in a housing association home who doesn’t have that right?”


Johnson, below, is a vital part of the election team — and is on the phone to the PM daily.

Mr Cameron said: “He’s fighting very hard. He’s out and about campaigning and I’m doing something with him next week. He’s a vital part of the teamand I’m very excited about him coming back into Parliament. He has a big role to play.”

Aston Villa fan Mr Cameron, who hopes to find time to watch at least part of their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool today, likened BoJo to their top striker.

He said: “I have made the football analogy before but it’s like having another Benteke on the pitch.”


DEFENCE spending is locked in for ten years, with £160billion of aircraft carriers, frigates, subs and jets and other kit “guaranteed”.

Mr Cameron scoffed at Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s claim to lead the only party committed to our Armed Forces. He said: “Everybody knows that if you vote Ukip you get Ed Miliband and you get a weak defence.”

He said Britain would spend two per cent of national wealth on defence this year and next, despite his refusal to set the figure in stone.

He said: “We can’t make that pledge until the autumn when we look at spending on all departments.

“But £160billion over ten years has been guaranteed for defence and increased each year for inflation.”

Nancy’s been making jokes about Ed Miliband’s kitchens They’d miss No 10.. and Larry the Downing St cat

When political prejudice is all in the mind.


SOMEBODY tweeted me the other day asking why I only posted poll results which showed the Tories in front. 

I then dug out a tweet of mine from a few weeks earlier which began: “Labour surge into a six-point lead…”  Another time I wrote how  Ed Miliband has trounced David Cameron at PMQs. Within seconds, I received a reply from a top Tory asking if I was watching the same debate. On a single day I received tweets from a Leftie calling me a “Tory c*** sucker” and a Ukip supporter branding me a “first class Left-wing p****” who should be working for the Guardian or the Mirror. You see, it is all in the mind, depending on whether you wear blue, red or yellow tinted spectacles. In fact it is YOU the complainant who is biased because you only see it your way and don’t like your side being criticised.

Lots of fellow journalists get the same unwarranted criticism. I stumbled across this short piece by Michael Deacon of the Daily Telegraph which sums up why most of us are NOT biased while many of those who read us and get irate are.

By the way, there’s nothing wrong with a journalist being biased if he or she wants to. My good pal Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror is shamelessly Labour and does a great job of it. Call me simple, but I just like to get political stories, whoever it hurts or boosts – which is why I object to being called biased. Here’s Michael’s piece which you should read before you call foul at us again.

Every football journalist in this country is routinely accused of two things. 1) Being biased towards Manchester United. 2) Being biased against Manchester United.

It’s like that with politics. A lot of people on the Right think the BBC is biased to the Left. And a lot of people on the Left think the BBC is biased to the Right. I’ve been told that I’m biased for and against the Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Ukip (Ukip opponent: “You treat Farage with kid gloves.” Ukip voter: “You’re racist against Ukip!)

This is why I’ve got no time for the claims by some viewers that Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley were biased in their treatment of David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Some thought the presenters were nakedly Cameron. And others took them for blatant Lefties.

The truth about claims of media bias is that the claims themselves tend to be biased. People only ever detect bias against their own side.

To go back to football: fans always accuse the referee of being biased, but only in their opponents’ favour. You can start to take claims of bias seriously the day you hear them shout, “Oi, ref! That’s never a penalty! Our striker blatantly dived! Are you taking backhanders from our chairman or what!”

Well said, Michael.So next time you rush to Twitter to hurl abuse, just take a long look in the mirror (the one on your wall not the one that lands on your doormat) and ask who is really the biased one here. And don’t forget to re-tweet me when I land a blow on the other side.

Teacher has gone…but the music still lingers.


WE often talk about the need for inspirational teachers to help drive up standards in our schools.

Sadly, there aren’t nearly enough. But I was lucky to have come across one who made a big impact on me.

Ken Marshall was the man who introduced me to one of the enduring loves of my life – music.

He was a dedicated professional who would make that extra effort for any pupil in whom he spotted potential.

And I was among a group of 11-year-olds who seemed to show an interest after hearing a piece from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

So along with others, I was invited to Mr Marshall’s home on the first Saturday of every month to squat on the floor of his front room and listen to the works of great composers boom out of his two-foot high stereo speakers.

If we were honest, some were just curious about having a peek inside “Sir’s” home. Or perhaps it was the orange squash and biscuits served by his lovely wife, Joyce.

But we were all swept along by Mr Marshall’s infectious personality – and the music.

In between snatches of masterpieces – he only played enough to entice us – we listened enraptured as our wiry-haired, gravel-voiced tutor told us stories about the lives of Beethoven, Dvorak and Brahms.

He was knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic and we learned so much more than just music. We learned about manners, use of language and how to sit still.

Mr Marshall wasn’t even my teacher. I was invited along by a former pupil of his I met when we started at the same senior school.

I had to take a typed note to be signed by my parents which outlined the Music Club rules. I still obey rule one to this day and chastise others who don’t. No talking when the music is playing.

So it came that through rain, wind and snow I would make the 40-minute Saturday morning trek to feast my ears on Mr Marshall’s music collection.

Before long, I had passed the fidget test and was allowed to go to a live concert. Mr Marshall had worked a bit of a scam with a friend who worked in the cafeteria of the Queen’s Hall in Widnes.

Whenever the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra came to play, he would smuggle a few of us in to hear the concert for free, kneeling on seats in the coffee bar to peer through a giant, decorative hatch in the wall to see the musicians playing below.

It was in this somewhat awkward position that I listened, usually in awe, for the first time such great works as Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Sibelius’s fifth symphony, Hindemith’s Nobilissima Visione,  Britten’s Les Illuminations and the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

I was hooked, and saved up my pocket money until I had 99p to buy my first LP – a Classics for Pleasure recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. I’d only heard the first 10 minutes of the work in Mr Marshall’s front room – but it was the first time I felt my spine tingle.

Thus began a lifelong friendship…and an odyssey, exploring the work of dozens of composers who have provided an endless source of pleasure and fulfillment.

Later, I began to attend concerts myself and now realise life would be empty had Mr Marshall not opened the door to the joy of music.

So I was deeply saddened to learn that the kind, encouraging man who put me on this wonderful path has died.

There will be many other former pupils whose lives were influenced by Mr Marshall who, like me, will want to say farewell and thanks for enriching our lives.

You may be gone but the gift you gave will stay with us always.

How 2 Jags bought 20,000 “ego” pens at our expense

JOHN Prescott has inked his high-spending show-off ways into political history – with a stash of “vanity” pens.
The former Deputy PM ordered 20,000 branded ballpoints costing taxpayers £3,450.
But there are so many that ministers are still stumbling over boxes of them SEVEN YEARS after he stood down.
Now civil servants have been ordered to STOP ordering fresh supplies until the Prezza pens are used up.
A source said: “What sort of an ego must you have to go out and order a job lot of pens with your own logo on them?
The horde was discovered when Communities Secretary Eric Pickles took over the Whitehall building once occupied by MrPrescott’s empire.
The ballpoints are emblazoned with the legend “The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister” – and a picture of the department’s crest.
Brandon Lewis, a junior minister in the new Communities Department, said: “It is quite some legacy he has left.
“Even now, these pens serve to remind us of the sheer vanity, waste of John Prescott and his colleagues.
“It is sickening to think they were ordered at a time the last government was plunging the country into debt.”
A government spokesman said: “The new administration is encouraging staff to use up these pens to help reduce the need to buy stationery.”