No Turning Back, By Paul Addison

Having sex is like lying on top of a horsehair mattress". So the boys of King Edward VI grammar school in Lichfield were informed by their biology master at some point in the late 1950s. Among those boys was Paul Addison, who was born in 1943, just after the Beveridge report and just before the Normandy landings. Winston Churchill had talked of the "sunlit uplands" that would come after victory and Addison lived his early life on such uplands.

Tories move swiftly to avoid 'milk-snatcher' tag

Cameron the milk kleptomaniac, Dave the dairy cutter? Journalists would have struggled to devise a sobriquet as damaging as Thatcher the milk snatcher for the current Conservative leader, but David Cameron was taking no chances on acquiring a nickname yesterday when he strangled a plan by one of his ministers to abolish free milk for nursery children.

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Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography, By Philip Ziegler

Ted Heath is remarkable among 20th-century prime ministers in that he held office for less than four years (1970-1974), during which practically everything he tried to do failed dismally. Yet by the single act of taking Britain into the European Community, he left a more decisive legacy than many PMs who enjoyed far longer terms.

Michael Mansfield: Is nobody bothered that Widgery got it so wrong?

The recognition by David Cameron of a long-standing truth, in language as unequivocal as the Bloody Sunday report upon which it was based, restored faith, hope and life into a community that had laboured under a long shadow cast by unfounded innuendo. Combined with a full apology, it liberated the spirit of families who have been imprisoned for 38 years by an injustice perpetrated by the British state.

Donald Macintyre: Labour's leadership needs the stamp of a genuinely new era

Labour needs to occupy the Opposition benches with its taste for power intact, as it failed to do after Thatcher's victory in 1979

In uncertain times, Cabinet secretary holds key to power

Constitution may allow the PM to stay on

Alan Watkins: No 10 is for the winner, not the also-ran

The idea that Gordon Brown might stay in Downing Street at the head of the second-largest party is preposterous. In any event, the Labour Party is facing an abyss which make such thoughts irrelevant

Civil servants to help in deadlock

Civil servants will for the first time help Britain's political parties to stitch together a post-election agreement if the general election results in a hung parliament.

Adrian Hamilton: People vote for competence not policy

In a peculiarly British way, the result usually reflects the consensus in the country

What really happened on Bloody Sunday?

Twelve years ago Lord Saville began his inquiry into one of the darkest chapters in the history of Northern Ireland. Now, £200m later, he will finally deliver his report

The £4.6m question: Is Tony Blair's 'Journey' worth the advance?

The news that the former PM is to publish his memoirs raises tantalising questions about what they will reveal

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A touch of post-Chilcot stress disorder

*Five hours giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry under the glare of television cameras would test the endurance of anyone, so you cannot entirely blame Alastair Campbell for a touch of post-traumatic stress, but this time he really has blown a gasket.

Hung parliament back on the agenda

Hung parliaments are back on the political agenda.

Britain's recession record

The deepest recession for almost 30 years, triggered by the woes of the banking sector, has seen UK output shrink by 5.9 per cent so far.

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