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David Cameron has no "time to hang out with Russell Brand" – but fits Jeremy Clarkson and Katie Hopkins in

The Prime Minister clearly has plenty of time for celebs – including Katie Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson.

David Cameron has responded to the news that Ed Miliband is doing an interview with Russell Brand. He said he hasn't "got time to hang out with Russell Brand". But it's news to this mole that our PM is too busy to hang out with celebrities...
 

David Cameron has plenty of time for his good mate Jeremy Clarkson.

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He takes an evening to hang out with Katie Hopkins.

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He clearly had a minute or two to stand awkwardly with One Direction.

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He had Gary Barlow over for some chillaxing.

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He has all the time in the world to get Mo Farah's Mobot wrong.

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He fits David Beckham into his schedule of slowly wandering.

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One of many photo ops with Andy Murray he has time for.

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He takes a moment to pretend in his head that he's Alan Sugar while sitting beside Karren Brady from The Apprentice.

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He meets and greets EastEnder Barbara Windsor.

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Two comedians he does have time for are David Walliams and John Bishop.

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He gives Angelina Jolie his full attention.

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He has a chummy time with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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He can schedule in a giggle with Joanna Lumley.

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He takes a break from politics to chat to Peter Stringfellow.

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I'm a mole, innit.

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Theresa May is paying the price for mismanaging Boris Johnson

The Foreign Secretary's bruised ego may end up destroying Theresa May. 

And to think that Theresa May scheduled her big speech for this Friday to make sure that Conservative party conference wouldn’t be dominated by the matter of Brexit. Now, thanks to Boris Johnson, it won’t just be her conference, but Labour’s, which is overshadowed by Brexit in general and Tory in-fighting in particular. (One imagines that the Labour leadership will find a way to cope somehow.)

May is paying the price for mismanaging Johnson during her period of political hegemony after she became leader. After he was betrayed by Michael Gove and lacking any particular faction in the parliamentary party, she brought him back from the brink of political death by making him Foreign Secretary, but also used her strength and his weakness to shrink his empire.

The Foreign Office had its responsibility for negotiating Brexit hived off to the newly-created Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu) and for navigating post-Brexit trade deals to the Department of International Trade. Johnson was given control of one of the great offices of state, but with no responsibility at all for the greatest foreign policy challenge since the Second World War.

Adding to his discomfort, the new Foreign Secretary was regularly the subject of jokes from the Prime Minister and cabinet colleagues. May likened him to a dog that had to be put down. Philip Hammond quipped about him during his joke-fuelled 2017 Budget. All of which gave Johnson’s allies the impression that Johnson-hunting was a licensed sport as far as Downing Street was concerned. He was then shut out of the election campaign and has continued to be a marginalised figure even as the disappointing election result forced May to involve the wider cabinet in policymaking.

His sense of exclusion from the discussions around May’s Florence speech only added to his sense of isolation. May forgot that if you aren’t going to kill, don’t wound: now, thanks to her lost majority, she can’t afford to put any of the Brexiteers out in the cold, and Johnson is once again where he wants to be: centre-stage. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.