Arts and Entertainment It began here: Oliver Stone's series gives an account of US foreign policy since 1945

Unsure of global politics since the war? Don't worry, Oliver Stone has it all sewn up

Who's for a fat lip?

Doug Lucie used to be known as a bit of a bruiser, merrily laying into assorted Oxbridge and media types with witty abandon. Now, in his latest play, he's turned his pen on Fleet Street. Should we hold the front page? By Adrian Turpin

The Scotsmen await their Sassenach king

A young Englishman is being parachuted into one of the most sensitive posts in Scottish journalism. Martin Clark, 32, was yesterday appointed editor of the Scotsman, whose oak-panelled corridors have been filled with apprehension since the New Year return of the ex-Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil to his native land.

Murdoch dreams of a Chinese empire

Rupert Murdoch appears to be trying to curry favour in China by showing a much-lauded official documentary series about Deng Xiaoping on the Chinese language channel of his Star-TV Asian satellite broadcasting company.

Books: Neil desperandum at the court of King Rupert

Andreas Whittam Smith ponders the point of a vainglorious memoir; Full Disclosure by Andrew Neil, Macmillan, pounds 20

Why fine titles make exceedingly fine writers

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Neil appointed 'European' editor-in-chief

Andrew Neil, former Sunday Times editor, was yesterday named editor-in-chief of European Press Holdings, which owns the European and three Scottish newspapers.

Leading Article: Middle England isn't sneering

Oh, Cathy, the game you've played.

So, is there an Establishment?

It was a clash of the old and the new when Peregrine Worsthorne and And rew Neil locked horns over the state of modern Britain

Clearly, the Tories do not want to win the next election

Political Commentary

Is it really such a sin to be ugly?

Tory MP George Gardiner has asked his party not to drop him because of his looks. But do they matter? Rebecca Fowler reports

Leading Article; Yes, we do still feel insecure

Very clever men and women like to tell other people that the evidence of their senses deceives them - that it is not really unseasonably hot, that nobody would ever think of imitating a violent film, that English football is as good as it ever was. William Waldegrave, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and a Fellow of All Souls, is a very clever man indeed. Clever enough to tell us that we don't really need to feel insecure about our jobs, that lots of new ones are being created with big fat salaries and that we can leave it all to "the magic of the market" (yes, really, he did say that). No doubt this would go down very well at an All Souls seminar ("a very elegant argument, William") and probably did go down a treat at the American Chambers of Commerce, which Mr Waldegrave was addressing last week. It would go down rather badly in the hamburger bars, shopping centres and clothing factories where people can enjoy absolute job security provided they never complain about low wages, long hours or short meal breaks. It would go down still worse in the JobCentres where the unemployed can ponder the rival attractions of jobs offering a little bit more than pounds 10,000 a year and those offering a little bit less. As John Edmonds, general secretary of the GMB union, put it last week: "Thanks, William. Thank you very bloody much."

Lilley stakes Tory claim to working-class vote

An attempt to win back the support of "Essex Man" was made yesterday by Peter Lilley, the Secretary of State for Social Security, with a claim that the Conservatives were the true party of the working class.

More questions than answers

As TV's Mrs Merton, Caroline Hook has made her name asking rude questions. She's so good at it, she's just won a Bafta award. But when Marianne Macdonald met her, she wasn't keen to talk

THE SHOW THAT DIDN'T GO ON

Andrew Neil's programme for Rupert Murdoch's Fox TV was going to be hard- hitting, a challenge to US news conventions and values. But the experiment was a flop, in more ways than one

Don't ditch the tranny yet

You can now listen to the radio on your PC. But don't expect the BBC. By Andrew North
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot