Dilyn triggers a napalm attack in the Downing Street garden

Boris Johnson’s boisterous Jack Russell Dilyn brought on havoc at a drinks get together for Tory MPs in No 10’s garden on Tuesday night. After posing for selfies, Dilyn began rummaging in a border earlier than startling a duck, which promptly flew out of the bushes at velocity. The panicked fowl then did its business throughout the darkish go well with of presidency whip Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall. Mann was “drenched”, one MP instructed me. A second MP stated it appeared like a “napalm attack in the Vietnam war”.

Mann – whose go well with is at the dry cleaners – claims it was a pigeon, not a duck. “It could have been worse if this happened at home since the seagulls in North Cornwall drop a far larger payload,” he tells me. 

Dean departs

Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury for the previous twenty years, is being pressured to retire by the Church of England on Monday on the eve of his seventy fifth birthday. He will preach tomorrow in Canterbury Cathedral, earlier than attending a closing Evensong on Monday.

Willis was a YouTube hit throughout lockdown, cheering up 1000’s with sermons from his garden with assist from his cats Leo and Tiger and a cockerel referred to as Russell Crow. He is believed to be the solely Dean in Canterbury’s 1,425-year historical past to be pressured to retire. He is assumed to have been provided dozens of jobs – however not one from the Church of England, which he pledged to serve his complete life.

Surely, this effective, dutiful cleric deserves higher. 

Wallace loves his flags

More information on Ben Wallace’s {photograph} on the Government’s web site. After I revealed that Wallace had ditched a image of him in a go well with for one in fatigues, the Defence Secretary has swapped once more, this time for one in all him in entrance of two Union flags. Leadership rival Liz Truss changed her photograph a few weeks in the past with one in all her in entrance of a single Union flag. How will she reply? 

Raab geese wig

Disappointment in the Commons the place Sir Lindsay Hoyle didn’t put on a full-bottomed wig for the State Opening of Parliament. The offence was compounded by Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab doing the honours bare-headed in entrance of the Prince of Wales. He was following the precedent set by wigless predecessors Michael Gove, Liz Truss, David Lidington and David Gauke. The exception was the final Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland, who instructed me that as a QC he can put on one. “I brought it back as a strong sign that traditions are important,” Buckland says. It is a disgrace Sir Lindsay didn’t agree. 

Always be good to the workers

A high tip on how one can choose somebody from Ben Goldsmith, son of the late financier Jimmy Goldsmith. “My rule of thumb is if someone is rude to the waiter I don’t want to be in their company,” he tells me. “My father always said that you should never trust people who treat taxi drivers and waiters badly because it shows their true character.” Quite proper. 

Hancock’s safety

MPs and friends lost their annual cricket match in opposition to Lobby journalists at Blackheath Cricket Club this week. The Parliamentarians’ group skipper, Matt Hancock, was not a fan of the hostile bowling from the reporters, at one level requesting a helmet, on his technique to scoring 18 runs. When it was my flip to bat, I wish to say Hancock didn’t get me out LBW – however I’d be mendacity. 

Earl Spencer’s youngsters’s snub

Earl Spencer spoke at the Aldeburgh Literary Festival on his e-book ‘The White Ship’ about Henry I. The Old Etonian bemoaned the indisputable fact that historical past is now not a obligatory topic at GCSE and urged dad and mom to show it at dwelling moderately than counting on the classroom. “Having said that, none of my seven children has read a single book I have written,” he admitted. The disgrace! 

Bomber Harris’ recipe e-book

The descendants of wartime RAF chief Arthur “Bomber” Harris have rebound his previous recipe e-book. His grandson Tom Assheton writes in The Oldie of Harris’s recipes for Canadian yellow-pea soup, tripe a la Dauvillaire and coupe Caprice. Harris’ margin notes in the e-book are sturdy (“Muck!”). Assheton says Harris was “too busy to cook himself, but his chefs were familiar with his interventions and direct action in the kitchen”. He even chopped carrots. This e-book is deserving of a wider viewers. 

Peterborough, printed each Friday at 7pm, is edited by Christopher Hope, the Telegraph’s chief political correspondent and the creator of the day by day Chopper’s Politics publication. You can attain him at [email protected]

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