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Can a public figure any longer be a serious person?

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There was a time not so long ago when most of those in public and private life could be divided into players and referees. The players saw individualism and flair as the keys to forward progress, while for the refs,...

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Harry Potter and the childish politician

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The good news is that Gordon Brown has broken with the recent tradition which requires party leaders to name Ian McEwan as their favourite novelist. Rather less welcome is the revelation that one of the first things he will do...

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Being wasteful is not a personal liberty

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We are being watched from every street corner. Those slightly creepy men from Google are turning our computers into domestic spies. But the surveillance that really has the British people worried, at least if one believes reports in the family-values...

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Wanted: adulterers, slobs and sadists…

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A lucrative double vacancy for ambitious media professionals has just become available. No outstanding writing skills are required but the two applicants should have a high threshold for personal embarrassment. They will also need to be a married couple and...

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Are the bald ready for the trauma of hair?

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It sounds enticingly simple. A snip of epidermis will be removed from the scalp. The activity will stimulate cell activity including the regeneration of hair follicles. If the effect of a gene called wnt is boosted, hair could well begin...

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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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