Anne McElvoy - The Independent

Anne McElvoy

Anne McElvoy is on the staff of ‘The Economist’, a columnist for 'the Evening Standard'and a panellist on Radio 4’s ‘Moral Maze

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Dave Lees Travis (left): jurors in his trial have been told that the verdicts on William Roache (right) are irrelevant

Dave Lee Travis, Bill Roache – and the law under the spotlight

It is telling that both men referred to there being ‘no winners’ and ‘no victory’

Labour can learn a lesson from Mr Hamilton's fate

REJOICE, REJOICE: Neil Hamilton is a broken man, declared "destroyed" and branded a "twit" in banner headlines. Pressed on the Today programme as to how it felt when "every single newspaper in the land condemns you", Mr Hamilton replied with some dignity that it did not feel too good, but that he would soldier on somehow.

Now that the war is over, we've still Europe to fight

THOSE OF us who just cannot get worked up over beef can breathe a sigh of relief this morning. War's off this week. Grumbling peace is restored to the menu. Paris tried to pull a fast one and failed. This was a small skirmish, not many dead. Tony Blair's luck held. The Prime Minister may have had the grace to look just a bit uneasy as he carried off the Motes and Beams Award for Double Standards, accusing William Hague of pursuing cheap headlines while ending up with the one headline he wanted - unanimous support among the Commission's scientists for overturning the French ban.

Well, haven't you heard? New Labour really is new Britain

`The voters will re-elect the Government with their heads rather than with their hearts'

Second term blues may give Brown his chance

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`Today, Chancellor Schroder is something of an embarrassing relation to the cause of the progressive centre'

The day that the Stasi attempted to recruit me

`He is heavily built and sweaty; they did not see fit to supply me with a well-toned Romeo agent'

The prophet of New Britain is showing signs of mortality

`Tony Blair is starting to draw the same flak and mutterings of discontent as any other politican'

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We know what Tony wants - does he have the stomach for a fight?

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