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So our rulers are just like us: foul-mouthed and silly

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The soundtrack of modern British government has been given another slightly depressing spin on the media turntable this week. How, according to Alastair Campbell, does it sound? Well, apparently members of Her Majesty's government were frequently in fuck-it mode. A...

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Music is more than a business, it’s the beat of life

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It is not often that a pop musician, doing a bit of high-profile moonlighting in public life, comes out with remarks which resound with sober good sense, but Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of the Undertones, managed it this week....

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Forget university if you want to coin it

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Hurrah, hurrah. A new rich list - the millionaire register which now seems to be released with the regularity of pop charts, suggests that Brownite hard work is back in fashion. Communication is for wimps. The media years of Blairism,...

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A bizarre custom redolent of a dark, vanished era

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A significant footnote in the history of Britain in the 20th and 21st centuries concerns the mass inhalation of tobacco, writes our historian from the future. Today, in the healthy, well-ordered 22nd century, we can look back with wonderment to...

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If May be fine, stick up an estate agent’s sign

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There are changes in the English countryside. The air is different. Sometimes it smells of café latté - then the wind will change and it is as if one has walked into a hairdressing salon. The sounds are changing too,...

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Harriet Harman: even more charismatic than Stephen Byers

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A surprising early morning call comes in from Labour Party headquarters. It is my new friend Tony Topspin-Smythe, who works in the party's information control module. Ever since we met at a Tina Brown launch party, Tony has been promising...

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Sometimes a stint in jail can be a smart career move

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In what has been described as the most momentous jail release since Nelson Mandela walked to freedom in 1990, America's heiress celebrity Paris Hilton is due to be released today from the Lynwood Correctional Facility after a harrowing 23 days...

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It was the summer of love, but I wasn’t getting any

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The summer of love has had a gentle makeover in the years since it took place 40 years ago. The colours are mellower now. The girls, usually with flowers painted on their proudly naked breasts, seem to have grown lovelier...

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Save us from this unisex uniformity

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It is probably a great scandal, what will be going on next month at the 125th gathering of the Bohemian Grove club. Some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful men will be meeting in the redwoods of northern California....

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A nation in thrall to the tyranny of tears

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That popular British sport, the mass back-pedal, is back in fashion this week. Bob Geldof is not a saint. The question of world poverty is not as straightforward as it seemed. It was not necessarily a good thing to allow...

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