Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross writes the "If you ask me..." column for i. She also writes for The Daily Mail.

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If you ask me...Phew! I live again, dear readers and the editor says I’m better than Pippa Middleton

I can’t tell you for sure what made the editor of this newspaper change his mind. Was it calling him every hour on the hour and sobbing down the phone?

If you ask me...the editor is replacing me with Pippa Middleton, which is probably wise

I did remonstrate with the editor of this newspaper quite vociferously – is Pippa going to get every job round here? – but, I’m afraid, he laughed in my face

Ladies, you’re never too old to be put to use as a lovely trellis

I can think of so many ways in which older women could be invaluable

If you ask me...six weeks to get a beach body? My simple plan will work faster than that

May is definitely the “six weeks to an amazing beach body” season, as decided by the International Committee for the Continuing Torment of Women (based in Geneva)

Top of the crops: Michael Bolton on critics, crooning and why the mullet had to go

He was famous for power ballads and that hairstyle – to the derision of some. Now Michael Bolton is a humanitarian with a short-back-and-sides. But will our interviewer ever get a word in edgeways?

Don't we all dream of a Ukip wonderland?

For so many, life was far more pleasant in Ukip's imaginary heyday

A Government review of pension drawdown rules could leave many retired people out of pocket

If you ask me...there are some other people who could hand you back some cash, Iain Duncan Smith

IDS’s suggestion that wealthier pensioners should, in an effort to help the economy, hand back their fuel allowances has resulted in quite the hoo-ha. I can’t imagine why

Forget about ‘ethical’ labels for clothes. We need ‘unethical’ ones

£3 t-shirts would come with a label stating: “Made by Bangladeshi girls, aged nine, in unsafe conditions for 1p a day. Enjoy.”

Want to be really unfit? Try these simple exercises

The fact that it’s now known that Andrew Marr suffered a stroke while working out on a rowing machine has to mean there has never been a better time to give up exercise

If you ask me...I’m sorry, but I can no longer hide my admiration for Lady Thatcher

If only there were some opportunity to commemorate the legacy of this great lady - a 'Thatcher Day', for instance - I know exactly how I would celebrate

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