ANDREW PIERCE: Modi’s operandi gives Jeffrey Archer’s books a boost


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ANDREW PIERCE: Modi’s operandi gives Jeffrey Archer’s books a boost










Relations between Britain and India soured last year when the country’s conceited Prime Minister Narendra Modi blocked exports of Covid vaccines.

Modi’s display of vaccine nationalism has led trainer and horses to strike a legally binding deal between Astra Zeneca and Boris Johnson’s government.

In 2021, it had the largest stadium in the country, with a capacity of 132,000, renamed Narendra Modi Stadium. Only the capital of North Korea has a larger arena and even this one does not bear the name of a living ruler!

But cricket-loving author Jeffrey Archer won’t have a word against Modi, who sent the author a letter to mark India’s 75th independence anniversary this year.

India is Lord Archer’s biggest market and thousands of counterfeit copies of his books are printed to be sold on the streets at rock bottom prices.

“I have decided to write to you and a few other friends from India with a sense of gratitude for your affection for India and the hope that you will continue to work closely with our nation as well as with our people.

“Your prolific writing career spanning nearly five decades has captivated many generations of readers around the world.”

India is Lord Archer’s biggest market and thousands of counterfeit copies of his books are printed to be sold on the streets at rock bottom prices.

He once recalled being accosted in Mumbai by a street urchin carrying an armful of books. “Do you want the last Jeffrey Archer?” asked the boy. ‘I am the last Jeffrey Archer!’ he has answered.

Lucy Allan, Tory MP for Telford, is angry at her fellow MPs plotting to overthrow Boris Johnson.

“Trying to impeach an elected prime minister with a huge personal midterm mandate is undemocratic.”

This from Allan who in 2019 wrote of Theresa May: “It’s time to start over with a new leader.”

I spotted Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in conversation with former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaking lockdown rules with his mistress.

At the end of the conversation, Starmer said happily, “I have to call you.”

What are they plotting?

The left has returned to its favorite pastime: smearing Winston Churchill.

A new biography of veteran 1960s activist and Corbyn supporter Tariq Ali titled ‘His Times’. His Crimes,” asserts that “the Churchill cult is completely out of control.”

Ali argues that “Churchill’s crimes abroad include the brutal assault on the Greek Resistance during the last years of the war”.

Will there be any mention of how the great leader saved this country from fascism during its darkest hours?

While Keir Starmer tries to sound hawkish on Ukraine, Labor MP Diane Abbott and her mentor Jeremy Corbyn make no secret of their admiration for Russia.

Speaking at a Stop The War panel last week, Comrade Abbott said: “We see that the United States has decided that they have to send American troops and other NATO troops to the borders of Russia .”

This alone should tell us that claims that Russia is the aggressor should be treated with skepticism.

The destabilization of the whole region comes from NATO’s continued eastward expansion.

£23billion shutdown bill

Just when you thought the energy crisis, with bills rising by an average of £700, couldn’t get any worse, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in charge of a Nuclear decommissioning hearing revealed the cost of shutting down eight squeaky nuclear power stations will be £23billion over the next six years.

“That money could be used to build hundreds of schools and hospitals and employ thousands more doctors, nurses and teachers,” he says.

“PAC will be watching this closely to ensure this is done for the best value.”

Sir Geoffrey was on set last month with Tory MPs organized by the new all-party group for clay pigeon shooting.

He says, contrary to my report, he never witnessed any talk of Boris Johnson’s future or changing the leadership rules to make his expulsion easier.

He says the idea that there was a plot to impeach the prime minister by the MPs I named was wrong.

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