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The Question Time audience cheered when Isabel Oakeshot said Brexit negotiations should end

Dani Garavelli: Like a mob ready to take to the streets if thwarted

It was one of those moments when your eyes are suddenly opened, your illusions are stripped away and you are forced to confront the world as it really is rather than as you’d like it to be. Lord Ashcroft’s bag-carrier, teller of pig tales, and ghost writer for Arron Banks, Isabel Oakeshott, was dancing to her pay-masters’ tune on last week’s Question Time when she declared Theresa May had little choice but to walk away from negotiations. There was no alternative to a No Deal Brexit, she insisted.

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Yvette Cooper listens during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. 'Picture: PA

Dani Garavelli: Lost leader gives Corbyn cause to cringe

Shortly after MPs voted against the government to limit the Treasury’s powers in the event of no deal, Steve Anglesey, journalist for the pro-Remain newspaper The New European, tweeted a photograph of Yvette Cooper with the caption: “The leader of the Opposition has turned up.”

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Sajid Javid on a visit to meet Border Force staff on board HMC Searcher in Dover last week. Picture: Gareth Fuller/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Sajid Javid fights them on the beaches

On the first day of Operation Desert Storm, in January 1991, the editor of the newspaper I was working on strode into his office and took command of his “troops.” He was a small, irascible Scot with a conceit of himself as an attack dog and never had we seen him so much in his element as when he was organising for copies of the papers to be sent out to “our boys”. So transported was he hatching plans and co-ordinating manoeuvres, he clearly imagined himself as a general on whose strategical nous the lives of frontline soldiers depended.

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Resentment is building up among frequent travellers whose lives are affected by the unreliability of ScotRail. Picture: John Devlin

Dani Garavelli: End of the line for sorry ScotRail strategy

It’s quite creative, if self-defeating, for ScotRail to turn itself into some kind of metaphor for the Tory government’s handling of Brexit. Here we are in a state of crisis – trains cancelled, poor communication and a dearth of trained staff – and how does it behave? It tries to shift the blame while promising customers that out of chaos will emerge a strong and stable – sorry, I mean much-enhanced – service for commuters.

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