Catherine Pepinster

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

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Sir Gordon's terrible year

WHEN Sir Gordon Jones, the outgoing chairman of Yorkshire Water, comes to toast the New Year he, like the Queen before him, may look back on an annus horribilis like no other. It was the worst water shortage for a generation in Yorkshire, and however many times Sir Gordon and his cohorts blamed the weather, nobody believed them.

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
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect