Society
11 December 2006
Britain's status as the most punitive nation in western Europe was finally confirmed by the news that the prison...
Society
15 November 2004
A few days ago, I wanted to post some irreplaceable documents by registered mail. I went early to our post office,...
International Politics
14 June 2004
Not long after Ronald Reagan recovered from the attempt on his life, the Ku Klux Klan attacked a wood-frame home in...
Books
26 May 2003
When Marie Stubbs retired, she packed up her sensible, workaday suits, dyed her hair blonde, and started swimming...
Politics
17 December 2001
With his head cocked to one side and his characteristic lopsided smile, the editor advanced across the newsroom floor...
Politics
25 June 2001
Two random incidents from the everyday world of the Bill. An elderly woman is brutally burgled. She awakes from an...
Politics
11 December 2000
When Jack Straw visited the North Peckham Estate three days after the murder of the Nigerian schoolboy Damilola Taylor...
Politics
13 November 2000
West Bromwich has had an image problem ever since Queen Victoria ordered the blinds of the royal train to be drawn so...
Politics
03 July 2000
Somewhere between the Bristol Channel and the Wash - or is it along the banks of the River Trent? - a fault line...
Society
01 May 2000
It is over 40 years since PC George Dixon ambled out of Dock Green police station, stood beneath the blue light and...
Politics
27 September 1999
The cover of my copy of Orwell's Decline of the English Murder shows a man in a flat cap reading the News of the World...
Politics
31 May 1999
Harry Secombe: Good morning - my name is Neddy Seagoon.Spike Milligan: What a good memory you have. I am a devotee of...
02 April 1999
Some years ago, I was sent by the Observer to report on a disturbance inside a London prison. In those days the Home...