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Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.

Football: A game in search of its soul

The post-Hillsborough plan for the national game has failed to create a brighter, safer future for football. That will only occur if the Premiership clubs' dominance is curbed. By Glenn Moore

War in the Balkans: Briefings - Nato spokesman accused of exaggeration by French

SPONTANEOUS LAUGHTER rippled through the room as journalists listened to Nato's daily press briefing. They had just heard Jamie Shea, the Nato spokesman, say that the bombing of Yugoslavia brought nothing but relief to Kosovo's oppressed Albanians. One woman, he told them, on hearing Nato jet engines overhead, said she thought it was "the sound of angels".

War In The Balkans: News Conferences - Daily rhetoric of a reluctant star

SPONTANEOUS LAUGHTER rippled through the room as journalists listened to Nato's daily press briefing. They had just heard Jamie Shea, the Nato spokesman, say that the bombing of Yugoslavia brought nothing but relief to Kosovo's oppressed Albanians. One woman, he told them, on hearing Nato jet engines overhead, said she thought it was "the sound of angels".

Media: Are you being served?

A show that mixes hard news, satire and comedy is the latest innovation in Radio 5 Live's Sunday morning slot. But not everyone is convinced. By Richard Cook

People and Business: Spin doctor's day out

THE HORSES took second place to a fascinating confrontation yesterday between Charlie Whelan, Chancellor Gordon Brown's former press adviser, and Ben Wegg-Prosser, the disturbingly youthful-looking former personal adviser to Peter Mandelson. It was Mr Mandelson, of course, who was forced to resign as trade secretary due to a leak about a certain home in Notting Hill, London, which he blamed on his political rival Mr Brown.

Letter: Media wars

Sir: I was amused to read Charlie Whelan's advice on how to woo the Tory press (Media, 16 March). Fledgling spin-doctors should resist taking his advice. Charlie failed to influence political coverage to Gordon Brown's long-term advantage because of his cynical attitude to the truth.

Media: Staggeringly masculine

The New Statesman may have gone soft under New Labour, but it's still a male clique.

Treasury footie fans kick off pounds 45m clubs boost

BRITAIN'S FOOTBALL clubs will receive a pounds 45m boost from the Treasury next year as a result of measures in the Budget.

Budget 1999: Red Gordon and the Iron Chancellor sit happily together

"REDISTRIBUTION BY stealth" is a phrase that entered the Treasury lexicon in the run-up to the Budget. Although the slogan was not intended for public use, it will enter the political bloodstream.

Soundbites, hypocrisy and the truth about the tax burden

A weak opposition making preposterous claims does not mean this is a trivial political issue

The News Quiz

1) "It would have been more of a shock if he had been sober." So said a member of airport staff after a man was arrested at Heathrow for being drunk and incapable. About whom did he say it?

Mandelson des. res. up for sale

PETER MANDELSON is to sell the pounds 750,000 house in west London's fashionable Notting Hill that led to his downfall as a cabinet minister last month.

Captain Moonlight: Brilliant, Rupert! Super, fantastic, Rosie!

t HELLO there! Well, as you can imagine, the telephones have been going absolutely mad here all week! And no prizes for guessing why: yes, that's right, nearly every call posed the same simple question: "Captain, what on earth is this bold and brassy `British Way' that William Hague is banging on about and how can I follow it?" It's a good question, isn't it? And, of course, the Captain can help. Let me give you my Top 10 pointers for following the British Way. 1) Always wear your baseball cap with the peak facing the front. 2) On a sunny day, greet everyone you meet with the traditional saying, "Warm enough for you?", then raise both eyebrows and wink. 3) On a rainy day, greet everyone with the traditional saying, "Lovely weather for ducks!", again raising the eyebrows, but replacing the wink with a sigh. 4) Mostly, though, it is safer to whistle. If in doubt, apologise. 5) Let your Yorkshire pudding mix stand for at least two hours. 6) Never chew a boiled sweet. 7) Always wear a tie with your anorak. 8) Cycle through morning mists to Holy Communion on the pavement. 9) Hum while home improving. 10) Vote New Labour. Thank you.

Mandy told to declare that loan

PETER MANDELSON has been told by the new Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that he should declare his pounds 373,000 loan from Geoffrey Robinson in the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests, writes Rachel Sylvester.

This Student Life: This time we mean business

No more parties. No more booze. Exams are looming and the students are panicking. By Cayte Williams: Spring Term, Week 2 at the Manchester Student House
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