Society
04 June 2009
Were you still up for Portillo? And will you still be up for Twigg? Stephen Twigg memorably unseated Michael Portillo...
Lifestyle
21 May 2009
Robin Cook, where are you now? The former foreign secretary’s prescience wasn’t confined to just racing tips. He also...
Lifestyle
07 May 2009
Is Big Son about to meet Big Brother? Richard Blair, adopted son of George Orwell, tells me that he is intending to...
UK Politics
23 April 2009
Today Brent South. Tomorrow Soweto. And the day after that the House of Lords? There is speculation that Paul Boateng...
UK Politics
09 April 2009
‘‘There are 17 people that count. And to say that I am intimate with every one of them is the understatement of the...
UK Politics
26 March 2009
His Barackness is coming to town for the G20. But who will be lucky enough to exchange high-fives with President Obama...
UK Politics
12 March 2009
When the Business Secretary, Peter Mandelson, was pelted with green custard last week, he reportedly remarked to an...
Politics
19 February 2009
Rory Bremner worries that Britain is suffering from a political character crunch. Perhaps we should be more concerned...
Politics
05 February 2009
A Tory minister once said that being attacked by Roy Hattersley was like being assaulted by a bread and butter pudding...
UK Politics
22 January 2009
Sir John Mortimer’s death means the final curtain for the 20 June Group, of which he was a founder member. The cabal...
Politics
11 December 2008
Last week I was invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend a Christmas drinks reception at Lambeth Palace....
Politics
27 November 2008
The art of taxation was likened by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s finance minister, to plucking the largest...
Politics
13 November 2008
We are all Keynesians now. After being out of fashion for 30 years, the name of John Maynard Keynes is regularly...
Lifestyle
30 October 2008
Ex-Chancellor Norman Lamont has always resembled a merry vampire; now he has emerged from the shadows these past weeks...
Lifestyle
16 October 2008
The story continues to generate an absurd amount of coverage. Why? Because for many this is the only intelligible story...

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