THE WEAK ARE A LONG TIME IN POLITICS – SAVILIAN PATRICK KIDD TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK ON THE “BREXIT NEVERENDUM”

Politics looked straightforward when Savilian Patrick Kidd took over the reins of the daily political sketch in The Times in 2015. David Cameron had just won a general election and would clearly be Prime Minister for as long as he wanted; George Osborne was his obvious successor (rather than the editor of a free London evening newspaper); Theresa May was a slightly underwhelming Home Secretary and Jeremy Corbyn an anonymous Labour backbencher best known as a serial rebel against his own party. Then suddenly everything went a bit strange. 

In this anthology of his best columns from four years in Westminster, Kidd plays the role of parliamentary theatre critic, chronicling the collapse of Cameron, May’s nebulous attempts at clarity, the rise and refusal to fall of Corbyn, and Boris Johnson’s repeated failure to keep his foot out of his mouth. Featuring a menagerie of supporting oddballs, such as Jacob and the Mogglodytes, Failing Grayling, Gavin ‘Private Pike’ Williamson and the simpering backbench lobby fodder that are Toady, Lickspittle and Creep, this is a much-needed antidote to the drudgery of the Brexit years.

By line photograph of Patrick Kidd

In a mouthwatering lunchtime aperitif, Kidd will give readings from his book and be interviewed by Savilian Christopher Hourmouzios about his time in Westminster, including a story about how Stanley Johnson, father of the prime minister, predicted how all this would turn out back in 2016 after a multi-bottle lunch on the terrace at the Savile.

“For some years, Patrick Kidd’s inventive and irresistible wit has been the only inspiring thing to come out of Westminster.” – Alexander Armstrong

“A glorious companion to Parliament’s descent into utter lunacy. Kidd skewers one of the maddest chapters in our island story with humour, humanity, wit and wisdom.” – Ben Schott

Chairman – Savilian Christopher Hourmouzios