THE Good Friday agreement was a milestone in politics.

Now, this Friday, it's time to seal a history-making Brexit deal that will affect each and everyone of us.

A new deal ... the best deal.

But please 'no' to a 'no' deal.

Our Chambers of commerce up and down the country are not the only ones running out of patience wondering what is going on.

They are not alone.

We voters are feeling frustrated at a lack of clarity, even though we have been subjected to endless debates that are going nowhere.

This weekend in leafy Buckinghamshire, the PM is holding a war court.

Remainers and Leavers have been summoned around the table to finalise the Government's White Paper on the Brexit deal.

There have been - according to one BBC breakfast presenter - "Unprecedented levels of ugliness in discussions between both sides."

Happily, we haven't yet got to the stage where robots are making policies.

Or have we?

I was perturbed by one revealing project from IBM.

They pitted a computer against two humans in a public debate.

The computer came up trumps as it tended to be better than humans at bringing in detailed supporting evidence and using both sides of an argument to maximum effect.

Sadly, it lacked humour.

But surely that's a good thing.

Matters like Brexit are no laughing matter, even though Channel 4 are now creating a comedy series about it.

Back to reality ...

Come Friday we need a satisfying, full English Brexit with no indigestion to follow.

While our politicians gather to play Brexit chess, we want a 'Chequers' mate result - not a stalemate.


AND now an Inferno Q and A.

David Dimbleby is leaving the role of Question Time chair in December after 25 years.

He has missed only one edition and that was because he was 'kicked by a cow' near his Sussex home.

That's one question I would love to follow up with David. How?

Now the bets are on as to who will take over the hot seat.

Many critics, including the Culture Secretary, are calling for a woman.

I'm all for change.

I feel it needs a complete make-over just like the tired quiz Have I Got News For You?

QT needs a better time slot and someone who can cut off those members of the panel and the audience who love the sound of their own voices.

My choice is Jeremy Paxman.

I'd like to see him swap his 'starter for ten' on University Challenge for QT.

He doesn't suffer fools gladly.

I once interviewed him and he stared at me and demanded: "C'mon, young man, another question - I haven't got all day."

Young man – he called me. He is clearly very perceptive.


NO more 'sitting in a railway station waiting for his destination' for Paul Simon.

Paul's Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour takes place this month in Manchester and later at Hyde Park.

Simon is twanging his guitar strings for the last time at 76 years of age and with 16 Grammys on his New York apartment mantle piece.

Yet this isn't the first time he has said 'enough is enough.' 

While flicking through a copy of Rolling Stone magazine dated December 1975, Simon said of his then farewell trek: "I don't need the money.

"I don't need to tour for money. Why do I do it?" 

He admitted he was undecided about the future.

One thing is certain ... there will be a permanent sound of silence whenever he mentions his ex-mate Art Garfunkel.


GROAN old ... ah, it happen to us all.

But how do we actually know we are getting old is the question?

It seems the tell-tale sign is that we complain more often and other people get sick of hearing about our own ailments.

We also forget peoples' names.

A study by Tumeric Tablets says another indication is we become more aware of noisy pubs.

The most worrying is that people find it hard to sit cross-legged due to ever- stiffening joints.

The most common insight, however, is agreeing to take part in surveys with clipboard-clad researchers in the street.


I WAS not impressed by one school in London who held an 'Austerity lunch day'.

Their poster featured a white-gloved waiter uncovering a silver dish to show a plate of three peas.

St Paul's School for Girls in Hammersmith (£24K a year fee) wanted to show how the other half live. Have they not seen the growing number of street beggars?

The 'Austerity lunch' contained baked potato with baked beans and coleslaw.

So different from their regular meals which feature duck, paella and pork steak.

Whoever came up with this educational idea needs a bowl of Eton Mess pudding in their face.


IT'S day three of Wimbledon and I am still envious of those people who got to play it at school.

No love lost there from our teachers obsessed with football.

There's certainly money to be made in tennis as Roger Federer's new sponsorship deal will earn him £300 million.

Net result.

I actually did get to play the game just once on a school trip to Spain.

I knew I wasn't cut out for it when my opening serve was match point.


And finally ...

In a new table from the Office for National Statistics Coventry is the least 'stressed' place to live while Brighton is the worst.

Liverpool, flagship head of our city region, is 'most anxious'.

Back to question time ... I'm anxious to know where does that leave Wirral?

Peter Grant