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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Will King Charles resume his presidency of the British Medical Association, now controlled by strike-happy junior doctors?

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Having taken on the patronage of the Royal College of Nursing, the King seems less inclined to resume his presidency of the British Medical Association, now controlled by strike-happy junior doctors. 

When he assumed the role in the 1980s, he quoted a letter from a doctor who warned him of the danger of his image being tarnished if he took an active interest in the association’s affairs. 

Added Charles: ‘He ended by reminding me that the initials BMA stand for BIGOTED MORIBUND and APATHETIC!… I shall watch my step as carefully as I can.’

Plus ça change…

Having taken on the patronage of the Royal College of Nursing, the King seems less inclined to resume his presidency of the British Medical Association, now controlled by strike-happy junior doctors

Having taken on the patronage of the Royal College of Nursing, the King seems less inclined to resume his presidency of the British Medical Association, now controlled by strike-happy junior doctors

When he assumed the role in the 1980s, he quoted a letter from a doctor who warned him of the danger of his image being tarnished if he took an active interest in the association's affairs

When he assumed the role in the 1980s, he quoted a letter from a doctor who warned him of the danger of his image being tarnished if he took an active interest in the association’s affairs

Former Fulham FC director Michael Cole expounds his theory on why Rishi endured a Downing Street drenching rather than shelter under an umbrella. 

‘He did not want to be compared to ‘The Wally with the Brolly’, England’s hapless football manager Steve McClaren, who stood under an umbrella at Wembley in the pouring rain in 2007 as Croatia beat England 2-3,’ spouts Cole. 

‘Such humiliation! Rather a soaking for Rishi than look like a wimp.’

Why did Rishi prefer a soaking? He did not want to be compared to 'The Wally with the Brolly', England's hapless football manager Steve McClaren, who stood under an umbrella at Wembley in the pouring rain in 2007 as Croatia beat England 2-3,' spouts Cole

Why did Rishi prefer a soaking? He did not want to be compared to ‘The Wally with the Brolly’, England’s hapless football manager Steve McClaren, who stood under an umbrella at Wembley in the pouring rain in 2007 as Croatia beat England 2-3,’ spouts Cole

Jodie Kidd blames the absence of salad bars in her modelling prime for her drastic weight loss, prompting one mother to accuse her: ‘You’ve almost killed my daughter – you are the worst role model.’ 

Jodie, who quit in the middle of a Milan catwalk show, tells the StyleDNA podcast: ‘I didn’t have access to good food. It was literally a packet of crisps, a sandwich from a gas station and Coca-Cola. 

‘Suddenly I got very skinny, and then the whole world was against me.’

Jodie Kidd blames the absence of salad bars in her modelling prime for her drastic weight loss, prompting one mother to accuse her: 'You've almost killed my daughter – you are the worst role model'

Jodie Kidd blames the absence of salad bars in her modelling prime for her drastic weight loss, prompting one mother to accuse her: ‘You’ve almost killed my daughter – you are the worst role model’

Evergreen Nanette Newman reflects on the hazards of old age: ‘Funnier? Only unintentionally, like when you throw your arms around the plumber, because you thought he was your friend’s husband, come round because he’d found your glasses.’ 

Happy 90th Nanette! 

The late Queen’s thirst for a daily pre-lunch Dubonnet cocktail pick-me-up is revealed in tomorrow’s Channel 5 documentary Inside Windsor Castle.  

Royal historian Kate Williams says HM took a break from her desk at 1pm to stir the cocktail of two thirds Dubonnet and one third gin, adding: ‘It’s like a boozy cough sweet. 

The Queen hardly ever got a cold, so maybe this is the answer!’

A new Channel 5 documentary reveals the late Queen had a thirst for a daily pre-lunch Dubonnet cocktail pick-me-up

A new Channel 5 documentary reveals the late Queen had a thirst for a daily pre-lunch Dubonnet cocktail pick-me-up

Oddball Steven Berkoff, famous for his low opinion of most fellow thespians, does not suffer from a lack of self-esteem. ‘It absolutely is the most incredible feeling,’ he gushes. 

‘It’s so inspirational to open my eyelids in the morning… I suddenly realise, ‘Oh, I’m Steven Berkoff! Oh my god, this is wonderful!’

Will Jeremy Corbyn recite some of his own verse at next Wednesday’s poetry reading evening in his Islington North constituency?

He has written an ode to refugees called Calais In Winter, but why not pay tribute to his old girlfriend? 

‘Roses are red/Violets are blue/I’m backing Diane Abbott/And so should you.’

Ode to Diane: Will Jeremy Corbyn recite some of his own verse at next Wednesday's poetry reading evening in his Islington North constituency?



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