Thursday, 26 September, 2019
18:30 - 20:00
Signed copies of The Weak are a Long Time in Politics will be available to purchase during this event.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Patrick Kidd has been a journalist with The Times since 2001. He is the longest-serving editor of the Diary column in the paper’s history (2013 to present) and was the political sketch-writer from 2015 to 2019. He has written for most sections of the paper, including eight years on Sport, where he was shortlisted for the Sports Journalism Awards. He has published three previous books: The Best of Enemies, The Worst of Rugby and The Times Diary at 50: The Antidote to the News (an anthology of the Times Diary column). He read classics at Cambridge, is a member of the P. G. Wodehouse Society and the Horatian Society and lives in Eltham, south-east London, with his wife and two children.