Is Andrew Mitchell Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?
…or both? During the opening of the Plebgate libel trial, the High Court heard the former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell is a Jekyll and Hyde character who was given his job because of his mix of “charm and menace.”
The barrister for the Downing Street police officer Toby Rowland, who is suing Mitchell, made the comparison with the Robert Louis Stevenson character as he said: “[Mitchell’s] capacity for menace finds its outlet in both a foul temper and foul language.”
Character witness Bob Geldof said Mr Mitchell was “no slouch” in regards to swearing and Lord Coe said the MP’s language could be “fruity”. Mr Mitchell accepted both descriptions.
The minister denies calling an officer a ‘pleb’, and said: “I don’t believe any of my colleagues who knew me well would have believed I would call a police officer a pleb.”
He described the allegations and the Sun’s subsequent reporting as “wholly false.”
Warning: chocolate crisis predicted
After the devastating blow to Christmas lovers everywhere, when it was revealed Cadbury’s will no longer produce chocolate coins, further bad news comes for chocolate lovers.
Switzerland based Barry Callebaut Group have warned of a potential cocoa shortage by 2020 as suppliers struggle to keep up with demand, which has pushed cocoa prices up 25 per cent over the past year.
The news means a chocolate shortage is predicted.
What likes Dolly Parton, Waitrose and Malay prawn satay?
No, not a terrible joke: the answer, at least according to a recent You Gov survey, is “a Conservative voter.”
The survey has revealed the likely personal tastes of voters.
Cameron’s fans are more likely to drive a Mercedes Benz and shop at Waitrose, while supporters of his deputy Nick Clegg will zoom around in an Alfa Romeo and eat Vichyssoise soup, which is chilled leek and potato.
Fans of Ed Miliband prefer Citreons and the Co-Op, are fans of Jon Snow and Leonard Cohen.
There was also an insight into those who vote Nigel Farage, with the interests of his supporters including DIY, Cliff Richard, and shopping at Lidl.