Politics
05 March 2007
Sofa government is not for Sir Ian Blair. The chocolate Dralon seating nook favoured by his predecessor, Lord Stevens,...
Politics
12 February 2007
A woman sits in a police station. Beside her is the man who tried to rob her of her wallet. He says he is sorry; she is...
Politics
05 June 2006
So, Anne Owers, are you fit for purpose? As John Reid castigates the failures of his new domain, the question must be...
Politics
13 March 2006
Thomas Matussek, German ambassador to the Court of St James, is moving on, headed for unknown terrain. He had expected...
Politics
05 December 2005
Truly, there is much work to be done on improving national literacy. "Visitor's please sign in," instructs the...
International Politics
14 November 2005
Jack Straw is heading north to his Blackburn constituency while eating a railway fry-up. This is a rare indulgence. On...
Politics
26 September 2005
The Home Secretary was on the deck of the May-flower in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when the Prime Minister rang to...
UK Politics
01 August 2005
Lord Falconer of Thoroton has never shirked controversy. Hence his idea, announced just before we meet, that judges...
UK Politics
04 April 2005
Handbags are where we start. Tessa Jowell admires mine, but hers is smarter. It is black with purple piping, and her...
Human Rights
29 November 2004
Another perfect relationship crumbles and a prurient public picks through the debris. There is nothing new about such...
UK Politics
06 October 2003
Paddy Ashdown is a good bag carrier. His made-in-the-Royal-Marines physique allows him to pick up my suitcase and lope...
UK Politics
09 June 2003
David Bell is a natural diplomat. Does he prefer Charles Clarke to Estelle Morris? The chief inspector of schools could...
UK Politics
26 May 2003
Matthias Kelly has just got back from court, where, sitting as a recorder, he sent a second-time burglar down for four...
Culture
19 May 2003
Neil MacGregor likes flying, which is just as well. In the month following the sacking of Iraq's cultural treasures,...
Human Rights
04 November 2002
Twenty-four hours after Martin Narey and I finished our interview, Lincoln Prison exploded. The director-general of the...

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