UK Politics
30 September 2002
Tessa Jowell and I meet on the day when the Wembley decision was supposed to be announced. The verdict had been...
Human Rights
05 August 2002
Prisons are full. Last week's record was 72,000, with the overspill housed in police cells, at the Dorchester bed-and-...
Culture
08 July 2002
We are going to meet at the National Theatre, but Tom Stoppard phones the day before and suggests tea in Chelsea...
UK Politics
29 April 2002
There comes a time, in the life of any Metropolitan Police Commissioner, when the job starts to get to you. New...
Politics
01 April 2002
The sanctums of even the grandest Eurocrats resemble council parking permit offices. To counter this effect, Romano...
Politics
11 February 2002
As Lord Haskins of Skidby discovered, on stepping down as chairman of Northern Foods, life outside the corporate cocoon...
Politics
10 December 2001
Once ensconced in an ivory tower of medicine, any new incumbent must be tempted to pull up the drawbridge. Sir Peter...
Politics
03 December 2001
Oliver Letwin's office rings to say he is running five minutes late. The call seems courteous but unnecessary, unless...
Politics
07 May 2001
Although he has been ill for several days, Lars Nittve has risen from his sickbed to make our interview. Flu, I presume...
Politics
12 February 2001
Once he was regarded as a "lifer" - a BBC careerist likely to devote all his working decades to the corporation. Twenty...
Politics
16 October 2000
Lord Woolf of Barnes cannot be certain that he hit the right note during his recent appearance on the Jimmy Young show...
Politics
07 August 2000
On 31 July the Mirror's splash erroneously consigned Mo Mowlam to political oblivion. "Mo: I'll Go", read the headline...
Politics
12 June 2000
When Gordon Brown fired the first bullet in the class war, the gun he used was registered to Peter Lampl, the...
Politics
05 June 2000
There is something oddly doomful about the prospect of meeting Norman Tebbit; an impression underpinned by his...
Politics
22 May 2000
First, I get the lecture. I am, on no account, to stray from Helena Kennedy's chosen agenda into trickier terrain....

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