The man who would whip the bare bottoms of black boys
By Darcus Howe - 11 February 12:00

I wrote last week about how the Mail on Sunday had spiked a 1,000-word piece it had commissioned from me on the disproportionate exclusion of black boys from our schools.

At 29, he'd never paid a bill, been to a cinema or owned a car. Pete had been in the army
By Lauren Booth - 11 February 12:00

Some men feel so intimidated by women that they feel the need to create fantasy lives for themselves. Take Tony, the pigeon chest, who cornered me in a pub at the weekend. He stomped the length of the bar to square up to me. "Christ you're tall," he said, jutting his chin towards my collarbone.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 11 February 12:00

Support for David Blunkett to succeed Tony Blair as Labour leader has come from an unexpected quarter - erm . . . Iain Duncan Smith. At a private dinner for women members of the Westminster lobby, the Tory leader swerved off his subject and began praising Blunkers. "Absolutely wonderful chap.

Shooting Hitler
By William Cook - 11 February 12:00

Profile - <em>William Cook</em> on the contentious career of the woman who made the Nazis beautiful

In the world of big business, profits may be losses, and a firm that "continues to stabilise" could be unstable
By Robert Peston - 11 February 12:00

The collapse of Enron is making a lot of people scared - and I am not just talking about people in the White House and Downing Street. No, anxiety is most acute among the oilers of the wheels of capitalism: the auditors, investment bankers and assorted leaders of industry.

Phone-ins, e-mails, texting: radio gets more and more popular because it allows people to take part
By Amanda Platell - 11 February 12:00

As Tony Blair closed the door in the face of the unions last Saturday night, another door around the corner from his former home in Islington, north London, was closing.

Piers Morgan is an irresistible force. But would anyone in their right mind attempt to take on the Daily Mail?
By Amanda Platell - 04 February 12:00

News that Piers Morgan is toying with the idea of taking the red out of the top of the Mirror comes as no surprise to those who have been closely watching either his newspaper or his luncheon companions - although Morgan's idea of toying with anything is akin to a lion playing with the

My son was chucked out of school; now he is doing fine
By Darcus Howe - 04 February 12:00

A couple of weeks ago, I was commissioned by the Mail on Sunday to write a 1,000-word piece on the disproportionate exclusion of black boys from schools. Diane Abbott had raised the matter in the Observer the week before, and they wanted my take on it.

What is happening in Colombia makes me feel infantile and disrespectful towards President Bush
By Mark Thomas - 04 February 12:00

Some people believe that the absence of street parties to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee is a sign that Britain has no spontaneity or joie de vivre, but I would wait until Margaret Thatcher dies before passing that judgement.

Danny and his wife had fallen on hard times and were now selling sex aids
By Lauren Booth - 04 February 12:00

When I was just a ladette, my careers officer told me that "a job is not to be sneered at, Miss Booth", after I had wrinkled my nose at his promise that "a girl like you could find work in an office as a secretary".

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 04 February 12:00

Fighting fit (or something like that) after her mini-stroke, Lady Thatcher has consented to be guest of honour at a glittering literary lunch in April to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Politico's, the publishing bookshop.

When lots of companies are in trouble, watch out for the future monopolists picking up cheap assets
By Robert Peston - 04 February 12:00

The year is 2130. There has been a dreadful network accident. Kajillions of gigabytes of data have collided and been destroyed at the delapidated Midlands node.

The prof says it's OK to use "nigger". But he's brown, not black
By Darcus Howe - 28 January 12:00

"Eenie, meenie, minie, mo, snatch a bullet from an AK-47", is my son's contribution to the debate on the use of the word "nigger". Not that he shoots anybody physically; the bullet comes from his bulging eyes, along with molten lava from a volcanic tongue.

Ministers wanted to pay us all to learn. Alas, their scheme simply created a cowboy heaven
By Robert Peston - 28 January 12:00

The minister for adult skills ought to be a buxom blonde in a saucy 1970s film entitled Confessions of a Labour Aide. The actual holder of that title, John Healey, is not remotely pneumatic.

First the Guardian praised Bush, then the Observer gave over half a page to Hitchens hailing him
By Amanda Platell - 28 January 12:00

We've been had. Once again, the British people have been used as cannon fodder in the Great PR War against Terrorism - a war of words rather than of wounds, unless you count collateral career damage (but more of Jack Straw later).

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 28 January 12:00

Tony Blair's blurt on Radio 5 Live that he is "considering" his next job prompted speculation about the sacks of gold awaiting his departure from No 10.

Misogyny is back in fashion, and this time it's really getting personal
By Lauren Booth - 28 January 12:00

I read this week that men, high-flyers especially, are rediscovering their love for their children.

The New Statesman Profile - Politicians' wives
By Jackie Ashley - 21 January 12:00

Classy professionals, pushy go-getters or sad stay-at-homes: none of them has as much fun as footbal

In Whitehall, those stuffy civil servants are quaking with fear as Tony Blair gets set to torch their rotting citadel
By Robert Peston - 21 January 12:00

The problem with Tony Blair is that - even though he went to a proper public school and Oxford - he has somehow never understood the merits of the self-perpetuating oligarchy.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 21 January 12:00

The death of Sir Raymond Powell, MP for Ogmore in South Wales, has brought about some discreet speculation in Westminster bars. Powell was the backbencher with responsibility for gathering and authenticating proxy votes in shadow cabinet elections when Labour was in opposition.

We don't need more police to stop mobile phone theft
By Darcus Howe - 21 January 12:00

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police tells us that 500 officers will be released from post-11 September security work to tackle the epidemic of mobile-phone muggings. This follows Home Office research revealing an estimated 190 per cent increase in thefts of this nature since 1995.

The prince's PR is the star of the Harry debacle: he ensured the royal single father looked like one of us
By Amanda Platell - 21 January 12:00

What do the Financial Times and the Daily Star have in common?

Blair looked like Ali G impersonating Gandhi, while his ministers tried to force India to buy British guns
By Mark Thomas - 21 January 12:00

I know this might sound hypocritical, but I do so hate hypocrisy. All of us are guilty of it to some degree; it's just that some are better at it than others.

The Union Jack is still popular with sports fans, drunken louts and Madonna
By Lauren Booth - 21 January 12:00

Where can you glimpse the Union Jack or the St George's Cross these days? Seen as too partisan and tainted by their right-wing associations, the flags have all but disappeared from along our high roads and outside council buildings.

The New Statesman Profile - Kevin McNeany
By Francis Beckett - 14 January 12:00

This is the man whom Labour trusts to run our schools - and to make millions from doing so. Kevin Mc

Blair's meeting with Arafat served to disguise his support for Sharon and the Zionist project
By John Pilger - 14 January 12:00

Tony Blair's heroic peacemaking is not as it seems. Take the Middle East. When Blair welcomed Yasser Arafat to Downing Street following 11 September, it was widely reported that Britain was backing justice for the Palestinians.

Shopping is such a nightmare when there are so many businesses to boycott
By Lauren Booth - 14 January 12:00

This Christmas was one long deja vu. The last time I went to a carol concert, I was dressed head to toe in navy nylon and was trying to get expelled from the Girl Guides.

Would you go out and mix if you risked a good kicking?
By Darcus Howe - 14 January 12:00

Last Monday, Oldham Council met to consider the results of the inquiry into last summer's street fighting in the town, involving 20,000 young men, mainly of Pakistani origin. The report has 134 recommendations.

If we must give honours to business people, let's have a quota and sell them to the highest bidder
By Robert Peston - 14 January 12:00

Captains of industry are in a proper sulk because they receive fewer knighthoods than academics, scientists and headteachers.

The Ministry of Defence has anti-vehicle mines, but has not bothered to find out that a skipping child could easily explode them
By Mark Thomas - 07 January 12:00

The Ministry of Defence has long been regarded as a pimp for the arms industry in Britain.

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