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A mystery, like the rest of us: He wanted to do the right thing. He wanted to be a husband. Ian Jack on the Stephen Milligan he knew

I DID not know Stephen Milligan very well. On the other hand, judging from the reports of the past week, I seem to have known him as well as most people who have been called on to judge his character, and perhaps better than some of them. We were colleagues on the same newspaper, and he was my immediate boss. I think we quite liked each other. I went to his house and he came to mine, the first more frequently than the last. He was more attentive to his friendships, I think; we met several times, at his suggestion, even when we were no longer colleagues and had little in common outside shared memories. He sent Christmas cards with a message as well as a signature. I never bothered to return the thought.

The Death of an MP: Politics 'disappointed Milligan': Friends and constituents baffled by tragedy - Security risk denied

FRIENDS OF Stephen Milligan yesterday painted a picture of a kind, caring man who was deeply committed to liberal Conservatism, but who was also lonely and disillusioned with politics.

Garlic confirmed as heart protector

SCIENTISTS may have come a step further in unravelling the reasons why the 'Mediterranean diet', high in fresh fruit and vegetables and wine but low in dairy fats, protects against heart disease.

Stormy editor leaves 'Sun' and reaches for the Sky

BRITAIN'S best-selling daily newspaper, the Sun, had a change of editor yesterday. The departing editor is Kelvin MacKenzie, a ferocious figure who has been the subject of more legends - most outrageous and some hilarious - than any living journalist.

Letter: Absent editor

Sir: Not for the first time, your diarist publishes fiction about me dressed up as fact. You report that I castigated the staff of the Sunday Times for being 'out-scooped' by the Observer at my regular Tuesday morning editorial conference this week. Apparently my blast reached 'the darkest corners of Wapping'.

Major rallies support - for a time: Record ovation cannot hide party divisions

JOHN MAJOR raised an easy laugh from the Tory faithful last Friday with a jibe that the party had had two conferences for the price of one in Blackpool: the one they were attending and the one they read about in the newspapers. But as Tory representatives streamed away from the gothic Winter Gardens an uncomfortable question emerged: which was the real one?

Paper that sells smut with a smirk: The 'News of the World' is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Michael Leapman reports

STAFFORD SOMERFIELD, editor of the News of the World in the Sixties, called it 'as British as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding'. To show that nothing much changes, Pat Chapman, under whose editorship the paper celebrates its 150th anniversary tomorrow dubs it 'as British as Sunday lunch'.

Letter: An editor without 'fear or favour'

Sir: Your diarist (1 July) implies that because I broadcast on LBC and because Shirley Porter is now chairman of LBC, the Sunday Times will permit nothing 'too derogatory' to be published about her. It is an insulting implication with no basis in fact.

Andrew Neil sued

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Media: Talk of the Trade: Insight anniversary

'WHO'S that one with the white hair?' was the most common question at last weekend's party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sunday Times Insight feature. It could have referred to scores of the 150 or so guests, some of whom had not seen each other since working for Insight many years previously. Andrew Neil, the paper's editor, had given pounds 1,000 towards the bash but did not attend, while Harry Evans, one of his predecessors, sent a jokey greeting from New York. Under Mr Evans, Insight became well known for major investigations, but Clive Irving and Ron Hall, two of the original 1963 team, recalled that it began - under Mr Evans's predecessor, Denis Hamilton - as a tame digest of innovations in the arts and sciences. The investigations began later, almost by accident, with Mr Hall's dissection of the Profumo scandal.

You're a right royal spoiler

TODAY I bring you an unabridged police thriller that is guaranteed to get your red corpuscles racing this Monday morning, because YOU are the hero] And at every important turn, YOU have to choose the right option before the story can carry on. You'll get the idea immediately, as we tell the story of:

Reactions to the Calcutt Report

The issue is not about newspapers printing lies. It is about stopping us from printing the truth about the high and mighty. It is aimed at stopping us from telling the truth about issues like David Mellor's free holidays, Coal Board bosses getting new cars only days after sacking 31,000 miners, and Norman Lamont not paying his Access bill - the 'Sun'

No room at the inn for Neil

A survey of British hoteliers voted the singer, Madonna, and the editor of the Sunday Times, Andrew Neil, as the guests they would least like to stay in their hotels.

A diplomacy lesson from Basil Fawlty

POOR OLD Queen. I want her to pay taxes and to shed some of her hangers- on, but I don't want her to have to go traipsing round Germany being pelted with eggs. Whose wizard wheeze was it? My knowledge of foreign affairs is pretty rudimentary but even I could have foretold that some of the citizens of Dresden might not feel entirely well disposed towards the British monarch, especially after her Mum had just unveiled a statue to Bomber Harris.

TELEVISION / Ross toes the line

MADONNA's interviews are not so much interesting for what she says as for what her interviewers say. Most television presenters have adapted to fame in the way that Eskimos' eyes have adapted to snowfields; in general they don't find the glare troubling. But Madonna, as Jonathan Ross conceded, has magnified her own celebrity to dazzling levels; where the average film actress is a light bulb, she is the Eddystone lighthouse. 'She is,' as Ross said pointedly, 'the Napoleon of hype, the Attila the Hun of self-promotion'.
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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