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You’ve seen the Pink List – now here’s the Grey List

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It was a marvellous thing, the Independent on Sunday's recently published Pink List, which graded the 100 most important gay people in the country in order of influence. Sexual preference is now such an important part of our culture that...

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Will anyone listen to the views of farmers?

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The political landscape is changing, with a new Prime Minister, Cabinet reshuffles and shifts of power around the United Kingdom, but, when the music stops, we can be sure that one thing will not have changed. Those in power will,...

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When the Queen invited the Queen to dinner …

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While it is not a constitutional crisis on the scale of, say, Prince William breaking with a girlfriend or his brother kicking a photographer outside a nightclub, the row between the Queen and "the Queen" has been causing serious problems...

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Madam Whiplash will never run out of punters

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A successful young British actress has just experienced one of those "I want to be alone" moments. While trekking in the Himalayas, Keira Knightley had noticed that what she liked most about her holiday was the fact that no one...

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Lewd but likeable: the key to Naim Attallah

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A mighty slab of autobiography, self-adoring, self-promoting and self-published, has just appeared in the bookshops. It will sell few copies - nearly 800 name-dropping pages about the life of a moderately successful businessman is not an obvious bestseller - but...

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Why I’m not sold on ‘The Apprentice’

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Perhaps more than its executives would care to admit, British mainstream television throbs with the thin-blooded pulse of nostalgia. Top Gear reminds viewers of a time when it was all right for minor public school types to talk about cars...

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You’re on my roll of honour, Sheryl

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It would seem a fairly obvious rule of public life that references to daily, intimate activities be kept to a minimum. If a book called Tales from the Smallest Room were published, it would do little for the reputations of...

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What is it that makes us such bad losers?

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Those who watched, with snooty incredulity, news footage of effigy-burning and riots on the Indian sub-continent during cricket's World Cup would do well to take a glance at the reaction of English sports writers and bloggers to the elimination of...

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Why it always pays to play yourself

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How quaint that phrase "kiss and tell" is beginning to sound. It suddenly seems to belong to a lost age of polite euphemism, like "taking a liberty" or "no better than she should be". When some knackered old court correspondent,...

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