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Pylon-fanciers will love this BBC propaganda

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[caption id="attachment_1497" align="aligncenter" width="249" caption="What a turn-on: A Page Three Pylon"][/caption] I had always thought that people who actually liked the sight of enormous metal structures in the previously unspoilt landscape were a slightly eccentric minority. Society needs electrical power...

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Here’s to the PLR – a great (and now late) quango

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The air will soon be think with the sound of special pleading as George “Cat-Skinner” Osborne goes about his devilish work. On the whole, people accept the idea of public expenditure cuts in general; it is only when they get...

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Tesco’s Big Society squashes Sheringham

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Anyone looking for a neat, dispiriting example of the way powerful retail conglomerates work in modern Britain might turn their eyes to the north Norfolk coast where this week, after a 14 year – yes, 14 year – campaign, the...

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Don’t try to be funny with me

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There is, I am almost sure, a funny world out there. Prince Charles, Ann "Dancing Queen" Widdecombe, Katie Price, Huw Edwards, Wayne Rooney's vice-girls, the Speaker of the House of Commons: no one could seriously deny that the raw material...

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Me-time won’t save you now

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When pollsters and statisticians are on the loose, making their comparisons and drawing up their league tables, they seldom bring good news for Great Britain. If the survey is into obesity, teen pregnancy, crime, drunkenness and stress, we are to...

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How to be a perfect gentleman

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These are confusing times for the English gentleman. Everything in his background has told him that manners are what help define him, but in this sharp-elbowed, aggressively egalitarian world, he has discovered that old-fashioned niceness is no longer quite enough....

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Must love be all around?

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I so so love you. With five unlikely little words, uttered within seconds of being elected, the new leader of the Labour Party showed the world that he was a sympathetic kind of guy who was prepared to let his...

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A celebrity’s guide to impersonating yourself

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In a cynical, marketing-crazed world, it is probably absurd to be distracted by three words on a promotional poster.    All the same, one or two people might have registered the mildest start of surprise at seeing a quote which...

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To Claire Rayner – who fought back

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    The last time I spoke to Claire Rayner was when she rang me this summer. It was in the aftermath of the General Election, and Claire was contacting friends to encourage them (“encourage” is probably in an inadequate...

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