Robert Chesshyre

Robert Chesshyre’s books include The Force: Inside the Police, and, published this year, When the Iron Lady Ruled Britain

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Ronnie Biggs: It was our romantic attachment to crime that turned the Great Train Robber into a star

He assumed the mantle of the rogue with no regrets

If we want to raise wages and tackle unemployment, it's education, not immigration, that's the problem

The loss of jobs in mining and shipbuilding coincided with a shift in British attitudes

Bad practice has fertile ground in which to flourish in the police force

In my time with access to the Metropolitan Police, sometimes officers would let the polite mask would slip

When did it become OK to belittle older people?

Recently I wrote about a highly qualified engineer looking for work just the “wrong” side of 50.

Thatcher's "boot boys": When the unholy trinity of police, press and government took root

The former Prime Minister created the mood music that gave police their extra swagger

Max Bygraves

Further to your obituary of 3 September, Max Bygraves is justly remembered as a great all-round entertainer, writes Robert Chesshyre, the last of a kind whose roots were deep in the music hall of yesteryear. It is less well known that he was occasionally a straight film actor, and it was in that context that, as a teenager in 1958, I met him.

Obituary: Laurence Marks

If Laurence Marks, whose elegant profiles and shrewdly observed reports graced the pages of the Observer for a quarter of a century, had been a less self-effacing journalist, his would have been one of the great names of Fleet Street.
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