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It's a bad day when Boris fails even to make himself laugh

Boris Johnson at Royal Greenwich UTC Opening

A size 12 kicked open the door to the Locarno room in the Foreign Office. US secretary of state John Kerry was taking no chances. Having had the front door of Downing Street slammed in his face earlier in the day by some dude shouting “Britain is closed for business,” he wasn’t going to risk a second black eye.

No mention of Michael Gove as Sarah Vine's Mail column returns

Michael Gove Smile

Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine resumed her weekly column for the newspaper on Wednesday after a three-week break – a break occasioned, it was rumoured, by the chaos in the professional life of her husband, the ex-justice secretary and former Conservative party leadership hopeful Michael Gove.

England manager candidates: pros and cons of the four contenders

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The race to become England’s new manager appears to be entering its final straight. Although a Football Association board meeting on Thursday has been long scheduled the ruling body’s head-hunting trio of Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill ideally hope it will prove the venue where they present the case for their preferred candiate.