Happy Thanksgiving to our American listeners. Notwithstanding statutory federal holidays, the lights stay on at SteynOnline: We shall have our Thanksgiving show, and on Black Friday, to mark the nineteenth birthday of SteynOnline, nineteen per cent off everything at the Steyn store.
Thank you for all your questions on today's Clubland Q&A. I'm sorry I didn't get to this one, from Fritz:
'Boris is one of a kind -- and a fantastic leader of the United Kingdom. He will go down as the best PM since Winston Churchill!'
-- from DJT's upcoming picture book, Our Journey Together ($74.99, or $229.99 signed).
Hmm. When it comes to PMs since Churchill, Boris wouldn't make the Top Five. Worse than that, if you saw him at the CBI this week, you'll know that BoJo has lost his mojo. We may talk about that on Friday's Mark Steyn Show at GB News.
Meanwhile, welcome to tonight's episode of our latest Tale for Our Time - my audio serialization of Agatha Christie's first published novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. At the Old Bailey, the Crown's witnesses are about to face a fearsome defence barrister:
Sir Ernest Heavywether, who was famous all over England for the unscrupulous manner in which he bullied witnesses, only asked two questions.
"I take it, Dr. Bauerstein, that strychnine, as a drug, acts quickly?"
"And that you are unable to account for the delay in this case?"
"Heavywether" seems to be making rather heavy weather of the name for a prominent QC. Mrs Christie might have been better to go with Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller, QC, the Tory Attorney-General (top right), whom Bernard Levin, in The Spectator, used to call Sir Reginald Bullying-Manner.
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