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Secrets and lies: Martin Sixsmith on the trail of a boy ripped from his mother

The truth is important to the former BBC news reporter and government press secretary Martin Sixsmith. Luckily, he didn't need to dress up the remarkable true story told in his latest book...

'Beast' revels in taming of red giant at Turf Moor

Brian Jensen – "The Beast" to Burnley fans – is a cult hero at Turf Moor but the Danish goalkeeper who saved Michael Carrick's penalty on Wednesday night is also a Manchester United fan.

DVD: In The Loop (15)

It's the film that brought the phrase "Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult," into the national consciousness.

Armando Iannucci: 'I don't despise politicans'

The creator of 'In the Loop' and 'The Thick of It' is one of the funniest men in Britain. Is he also one of the angriest?

John Rentoul: What role did Alastair Campbell play in the Iraq war?

The Mail today also provides a chance to recycle one of my favourite cartoons that I have never seen. It asks, under the ludicrous heading of "Analysis":

Bruce Anderson: A valid Iraq inquiry needs answers from the Americans

Tony Blair could not admit his real – and praiseworthy – motive: regime change

John Rentoul: Alastair Campbell has a go at Ed Balls

And quite right too. On his blog the advocate of Message Discipline takes issue with the shadow Chancellor's appearance on TV yesterday morning, in which he expressed his "personal" view was that the Iraq inquiry should have been more open than the one announced by Gordon Brown

Mark Steel: Why not hold all trials in private?

They'd have put Cherie Blair on the inquiry, only she'd have charged a fee

John Rentoul: Mono-Frenzy Syndrome

Alastair Campbell, terrific blogger and right about nearly everything, asks a question today, the day on which I received my Government leaflet on swine 'flu. "Is it not strange how, with more media space than ever, the press and broadcasters appear unable to manage more than one frenzy at a time?"

Cameron: This will be the new age of austerity

As Brown enters the twilight zone, Labour is mired in angry recriminations

Labour investigates vote-rigging claims

Enquiry launched as Blair ally's daughter battles to be chosen to fight safe seat

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Christina Patterson: The day I applauded Alastair Campbell

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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