Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is the editor of The Tablet, the Catholic weekly

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Gummer's U-turn puts Thames trail off course

THE future of the Thames Path, a 210-mile walk along Britain's most famous river from its source to the centre of London, has been put in jeopardy by a decision by the Environment Secretary, John Gummer, to allow new office buildings to be erected on its banks.

Home owners bitter as market 'double dips'

The nightmare continues ... Catherine Pepinster on the crisis of confidence as prices keep falling

Anti-Nolan MPs earn a packet on the side

THE Tory MPs who took the decision to keep their additional earnings secret have good reason for doing so, writes Catherine Pepinster. Three of the Conservative members of the select committee who voted against a key recommendation of the Nolan report on disclosure of earnings are topping up their pounds 33,189 parliamentary salaries with lucrative second jobs. Sir Archie Hamilton, Sir Terence Higgins and Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith are all earning around pounds 20,000 a year in fees from directorships and consultancies. The other two MPs who voted against disclosure, Quentin Davies and Iain Duncan-Smith, also earn additional sums.

Brother Cadfael's creator dies aged 82

THE bestselling writer Ellis Peters, who created the Brother Cadfael medieval mystery novels, died yesterday aged 82 after suffering a stroke.

Supermarkets open their own corner shops

THE BIG supermarket chains, thwarted in their attempts to open more out-of-town superstores, are planning their own high street corner shops.

Fabian uproar as research chief says: 'bring back selection in schools'

THE Fabians have fallen out. Labour's own think-tank, founded 110 years ago by George Bernard Shaw and Sidney and Beatrice Webb, has been locked in heady conflict over Labour's last great sacred cow: education.

Is it a shop? Is it a cinema? No, it's superpub

Breweries are planning to flood the country with giant new bars

Art beats going to the pictures

More people visit galleries than cinemas - and 20 more are planned, reports Catherine Pepinster

From left to right, they're all thinking

John Redwood will join a crowded field with his new think-tank. Catherine Pepinster reports

Tories plan 'regional dole rates'

People in depressed areas may get lower benefits n Lilley under pressure to cut pounds 74bn bill
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