Catherine Pepinster

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

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The facts of life on a low income

The poor are not an underclass. According to a study to be published this week, they are people who want to work, want a decent home, and yearn for an income that will pay their bills.

Landlords 'making millions from fraud'

Some of Britain's landlords have become housing benefit millionaires through fraudulent appropriation of social security funds, according to a report to be published this week, writes Catherine Pepinster.

Nobel laureate accused of sexual harassment

Derek Walcott, the West Indian poet and Nobel prizewinner, is being sued in the United States for more than half a million dollars for sexual harassment.

Coventry Ltd means business

Catherine Pepinster on how a city centre was privatised

Nolan to study town hall rules

The Nolan Committee on standards in public life is to investigate Britain's town halls. Council officials who privatise a service and then join the private company will come under scrutiny, as will the secretive way in which some council decisions are taken, and possible abuses of the planning system.

Jazz fans fume as lips stop play

IT WAS an evening the organisers of tiny Colchester Jazz Club thought they would never forget - the night Freddie Hubbard, the greatest jazz trumpeter after Miles Davis, played their venue.

Cinema's blitz heroine Greer Garson dies at 92

GREER GARSON, the Oscar-winning star of the film Mrs Miniver - credited with converting the American public to support for the Second World War - died yesterday of heart failure at the age of 92.

Symbol of socialism makes way for shops

WELSH Secretary William Hague is expected to give the go-ahead for the demolition of one of Britain's most celebrated post-war buildings. Although the Brynmawr rubber factory in Gwent is grade 2 listed, meaning it is of exceptional architectural significance, the Welsh Secretary is likely to announce in the next few days that the huge domed building is to come down.

Who'd be the first elected mayor of London?

Ten years after the demise of the Greater London Council, the idea of a supremo for the capital is gaining favour,

'If you meet a farmer who tells you he's poor, he's lying'

Prime farmland has doubled in price in just four years, writes Catherine Pepinster
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