In future, I shall say: "Why don't we stay in and take each other entirely for granted?"
By Laurie Taylor - 25 October 13:00

Although I find it difficult to listen to In The Psychiatrist's Chair because of the constant sense that I could produce a rather more interesting portfolio of obsessions and phobias than most of the celebrity guests, I was sufficiently attentive during a recent interview with Professor

Men are the new children, doomed to chill-cook dinners and talk about sport instead of emotions
By Suzanne Moore - 25 October 13:00

Real women - what a pain they are. Much better to make them up, I say. Yet we are forever being told what real women and their real lives are really like.

Men of the future, we're told, will be "sad, lonely, isolated cases". For once, I'm in advance of the trend
By Sean French - 25 October 13:00

There's been some research into men and depression, which I'll get on to in a moment. However, one of the many causes of my own depression is that I read about all this crappy research, and watch TV documentaries about it, and I believe it all.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 25 October 13:00

Betty Boothroyd has yet to make an announcement about her future, but the horse-trading is already going on at Westminster. It was thought that when she turned 70 earlier this month, Madam Speaker would signal her readiness to step down.

Beware! The Police Federation is seeking revenge
By Darcus Howe - 25 October 13:00

Winston Silcott will receive £50,000 from the Metropolitan Police because he was wrongfully arrested and maliciously prosecuted. The case did not go to court. The police, acting on the best legal advice, decided they could not win and paid up.

Now the Caribbean judges are kicking up a storm
By Darcus Howe - 18 October 13:00

Last week I wrote about how Caribbean politicians were manipulating their legal system - and in particular speeding up the procedures that lead to hanging - in order to win votes and buttress their own power.

New Statesman Profile - The lobby
By Jackie Ashley - 18 October 13:00

Is the short trek from the Commons press gallery to be abused at No 10 worth a journalist's shoe lea

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 18 October 13:00

In the old days of Fleet Street, when there was a plane crash or some other calamity, you went straight to work. So I wasn't surprised to be ordered into the office on day one of my holiday when Mandy's rehabilitation was announced. lt's dirty work, but somebody has to do it.

I'm still a revolutionary socialist. My peerage simply reflects my desire to be at the vanguard of social change
By Sean French - 18 October 13:00

I was deeply moved by Melvyn Bragg's account of his first year as Lord Bragg, published in this week's Observer.

Caribbean leaders know that hanging wins votes
By Darcus Howe - 11 October 13:00

Many of my friends in the law (I was at the Middle Temple once) seem confused at the giant step backwards into judicial murder now practised by their Caribbean counterparts.

The New Statesman Profile - British Medical Association
By Duncan Dymond - 11 October 13:00

Tony Blair may think it a conservative force, but it has been weak in protecting the health service.

No wonder the Tories like common sense so much: it amounts to little more than refusing to think
By Suzanne Moore - 11 October 13:00

As someone who has always been told off for possessing little common sense, I cannot get that excited about a revolution based on this much over-rated commodity. Indeed, it means as much to me as "the radical centre" - ie, zilch. Revolutions are supposed to get the heart going, aren't they?

I missed the orang-utans, the giant flower and the crocodile farm. Still, there's always darts
By Laurie Taylor - 11 October 13:00

What with getting up too late for the orang-utan trip because of the hour I'd spent in the middle of the night pursuing a horde of killer mosquitoes with a spray can of Exterminate, I found myself with an unexpected amount of time on my hands this Tuesday.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 11 October 13:00

Blackpool put on its best October sunshine for the Tories, but they hadn't much else to smile about. Vast tracts of the Winter Gardens, packed with trade stands in previous years, were turned into coffee shops. The bars were virtually empty much of the day.

Why are people more interested in Norman Mailer's penis or Martin Amis's teeth than in their books?
By Sean French - 11 October 13:00

Clive James wrote that he gave up writing his Observer TV column when he started seeing the same ideas coming around and being acclaimed as original. Now it's not just a matter of ideas. Is it me, or are there more anniversaries than there used to be?

No matter how long I stared at the hills, I could think of no better description than "high"
By Laurie Taylor - 04 October 13:00

By the time you read you this I will be in Borneo. But don't take that as a threat.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 04 October 13:00

Of course he wants him back. Tony Blair cannot wait to restore his little helper Peter Mandelson to the cabinet. Unfortunately, he is meeting resistance from the rest of his cardinals who were glad to see the back of him.

You can never spend too much money on your teeth. Just whatever it takes to make them stop hurting
By Sean French - 04 October 13:00

There are many soft delicate parts of your body that are horribly vulnerable to injury: eyeballs, eardrums, your own particular brand of genitalia, and that's without getting on to the internal organs. But there's something special about horrible things happening to teeth.

A triumph of the wet-dream school of journalism
By Cristina Odone - 04 October 13:00

Sunday was a bleak day for women. And it was the media wot did it. When the Sunday Times published a list of the 500 most powerful people in Britain, it included only seven women among its top 100.

We blacks should copy those rural marchers
By Darcus Howe - 04 October 13:00

Sir Herman Ouseley leaves the Commission for Racial Equality shortly - probably at the end of January. He is less than pleased. Jack Straw, he says, does not view the modernisation of the 1976 Race Relations Act as a matter of urgency.

The New Statesman Profile - The Major/Lamont relationship
By Julia Langdon - 04 October 13:00

They never liked each other and had little in common. A lesson for Blair and Brown? The Major/Lamont

Like so many supposed geniuses of PR, Sophie has no idea of how to manage her own image
By Suzanne Moore - 27 September 13:00

It takes only a few months for a fairy tale to turn into a farce. In June, the nation was thrilled that the youngest of the Queen's children was finally getting himself hitched.

Come up and see me sometime - I'm in Soho now, you know
By Laurie Taylor - 27 September 13:00

I'm getting ready to move into my own office.

If you employ my system, you will win 99 per cent of the time at the roulette wheel
By Sean French - 27 September 13:00

I used to think I had the perfect system for winning at roulette. Many people believe they have perfect systems and they are all delusions, because, unless there is something wrong with the table, in the long run everybody loses except the management.

A London mayor will be no use if he can't tax and spend
By Darcus Howe - 27 September 13:00

I want to say now that I have no intention of putting my name forward as a candidate for London mayor. The idea started on a television show.

I saw young blacks stay calm when the police intervened
By Darcus Howe - 20 September 13:00

With a new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police appointed, several commentators have taken the opportunity to voice their opinions on what should or should not be done.

My story about the librarian with a pet crocodile and a six-foot phallus was a big hit
By Laurie Taylor - 20 September 13:00

Last Wednesday night I spent two hours, sitting on a high stool in the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, leering at women half my age.

Typical of the Murdoch press: if you disagree with something, subject it to falsehoods and distortions
By John Pilger - 20 September 13:00

During Australia's bicentenary in 1988, an editorial in Rupert Murdoch's Sun described Aborigines as "treacherous and brutal", a people without skills, arts or graces who would have wiped themselves out if left alone. This was illustrated by a stereotype of a savage.

My sex education was startlingly incomplete: I'm still extremely curious about wet dreams
By Sean French - 20 September 13:00

When I was 11 or 12, I walked into my biology class and there on the blackboard, drawn in profile, was a scrotum and penis (in a flaccid state). Next to it was a diagram of the female reproductive system. Our biology teacher walked to the front and proceeded to describe what happens during sex.

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