Literature by association

`You don't understand,' she hissed at me. `I'd do anything to meet Jeremy Paxman.'

Meet Mr Jolly the politician

Suddenly, comedy is being used to sell politics, as it once helped shift lager and soap powder

Cheltenham Festival: Today's Highlights

Today's Highlights

Sir, your answers are based on licensed premises

I was told they were going to call `hotmail' `Fastnet' but there was an island called this

Podium: My long journey to where I started

From a speech by the former Conservative and now Labour MP to the Bristol Fabians

Letter: Irish armaments

Sir: I was intrigued to read that Sir Edward Heath had disclosed contingency plans for the RAF and the Navy to have "launched an attack on Northern Ireland" in the face of the threat of civil war in the 1970s, and that this "would have been the first assault of its kind since Cromwell" (report, 5 October).

Tory Conference: Podium set up as chat show

THERE WILL be a touch of Kilroy about William Hague's performance on the platform at the Tory Party conference in Bournemouth.

RAF and Navy were ready to attack the IRA

THE THREAT of civil war in Northern Ireland led the Heath Government to put the Royal Navy and the RAF on the alert to attack the IRA.

Tory grandees line up with Blair over Europe

SENIOR PRO-EUROPEAN Tories defied William Hague yesterday by declaring that they would join forces with Labour if Tony Blair seeks to take Britain into the single currency.

Edward Heath speaks - and the old devil is in the details

TODAY I am proud to bring you exclusive extracts from the forthcoming memoirs of Sir Edward Heath, `Remember Me?', in which our greatest living statesman looks back over 50 years of politics and pouts.

Hague in bitter exchange with 'sad' Heath

SIR EDWARD Heath has launched a scathing new attack on Tory leader William Hague, describing his party referendum on Europe as a "McCarthyite witch-hunt" that was guaranteed to backfire.

Hodder on takeover trail

HODDER HEADLINE, the book publisher whose authors include Stephen King and John le Carre, is looking for acquisitions, the company's chief executive, Tim Hely Hutchinson, said yesterday.

Mad dons and dreaming spires

A Cambridge fellow reduced an interviewee to tears. But this is mild behaviour.

Leading article: A harsh truth for Hague

LOOKING at the Prime Minister's unprecedented personal popularity - as measured in all the opinion polls - one might well believe that the United Kingdom has voluntarily transformed itself into a one-party New Labour state. If there is any opposition at all, a study of the newspapers suggests that it has gone into hibernation. Most of the shadow cabinet have found the transition from government to opposition embarrassingly difficult. Too many of the yesterday's men who sprawl on the front bench have no saving graces as parliamentarians. They know who they are. They should be like Stephen Dorrell and volunteer to spend more time with their political philosophies. If not, we shall discover whether Mr William Hague is a good butcher. (We ought, incidentally, to exempt him from the charge of parliamentary incompetence. Mr Hague has often got the better of Mr Blair in their exchanges in the Commons.)

Elected members, but not as we knew them

FOR the whole of my life the House of Commons has been declining. Certainly it has been said to be declining. Indeed, the claims were being made long before I was born. They date roughly from the end of the First World War.
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