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Patrick Kidd is Editor of TMS, the Times Diary column, since 2013 and is also the paper's political sketch-writer. He joined the paper in 2001 as junior Diary flunkey under Giles Coren, working his way up to lackey before moving on to be a property journalist for three years. He has since written for most sections of the paper, including news, features and sport. He covered the London Olympics in 2012, the same year he was shortlisted in the Sports Journalism Awards, and has published two books before this anthology: The Best of Enemies (with Peter McGuinness), on the sporting rivalry between England and Australia, and The Worst of Rugby.
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze and astonish, hard to imagine anyone reading this collection without laughing out loud every page or two. An absolutely essential Christmas stocking treasure for every Times reader. ~ Sue BakerLike for Like ReadingHas the World Gone Completely Mad? Unpublished Letters to the Daily Telegraph, Iain Hollingshead (Editor)I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong: And Other Wise and Witty Comments from The Guardian, Marc Burrows (Editor)
Politics looked straightforward when 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 the past four years, Kidd plays the role of parliamentary theatre critic, chronicling the collapse of Cameron, the nebulous clarity of May, 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 lobby fodder that are Toady, Lickspittle and Creep, this is a much-needed antidote to the gloom of the Brexit years.