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


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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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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