Melanie McDonagh

Melanie McDonagh writes for the Evening Standard and has contributed to the Guardian and The Spectator, among others.

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Natalie Bennett, Leanne Wood and Nicola Sturgeon embrace at the end of the debate

Women don't have to be touchy-feely to be political

The excruciating impression from last week's challengers' debate was that women are incapable of hard choices or of confronting economic realities

William Hague left the Commons fighting on Thursday

When it comes to politics, it's last impressions that matter most

William Hague's final day as an MP showed little of the selfless dignity with which most politicians like to leave the stage

The remains of the monarch found under a car park in 2012 (AP)

Reburial of Richard III: It takes a corpse to bring history to life

We could do with some more dead bodies, frankly, to inject fresh vigour into the subject. Boudicca's last remains, anyone?

For an organisation so obsessed with diversity, it's funny the BBC can't get it

Diversity at the BBC: The corporation has plenty of experienced older female broadcasters - and they're mostly on the radio

The BBC's idea of diversity is a programme fronted by a mature man balanced out by a pretty young woman

We want Bernard's D-Day story, not my uncle Frank's

We don't want to hear about the cock-ups and the drunks, but about the derring-do
Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law

Ireland’s forgotten revolutionaries: The Irish president’s meeting with the Queen was a landmark, but few acknowledge why peace took so long

Irish revolutionary politics were nothing new, but revolutionary nationalism triumphed as British politicians saw off the alternative

Taking sides: a rally by Kosovo Serbs

'Why are you in politics?' 'To get rich!': Kosovo's local poll is being enlivened by the satirical Strong Party

Led by its self-styled 'legendary president', the party's logo is the double-headed Albanian eagle, albeit sporting comedic bulging wing muscles

It's not right until there's a Mr Right

Show me the woman who puts matrimony and children on hold

Pope Benedict XVI didn’t fail as the spiritual leader of the church, he just wasn’t up to running it

The modern world, not just the church, will be poorer for the absence of a thoughtful intellectual in public life

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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate