Tom Mangold’s documentary, made in 1979 and just shown for the first time on BBC Four, gives a good sense of the period and why Thorpe was cleared.
The bank holiday weekend saw what the BBC called “the mother of all thunderstorms”. In the 1950s, then, I suppose I witnessed the grandmother.
This is the 68th public inquiry set up by ministers since 1990 – the average time from inquiry announcement to final report is two and a half years.
The paper has a peculiar definition of “self-made”.
Conservatives prize previous experience in finance over all else, yet it doesn’t translate to a great department of state.
If we had a braver government, it would revisit the issue.
Downing Street’s legal advice said it was to “alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering”. How it achieved this was not explained.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of that speech. But the one that followed in the autumn was perhaps more important.
Former health secretary Lansley overlooked his £1.5bn “costly diversion” as he criticised later cuts to the NHS.
Was the late comedian’s continuing appeal an early sign of the nostalgia that led to the Brexit vote?
Perhaps the Mail could set an example in its demands for a public apology.