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1. "The BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha."

e) Jeremy Paxman

George Galloway's Respect party in turmoil over his plan to stand for London mayor

All five Respect councillors in Bradford have resigned to be independents in MP's city

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott scuffles with his egg-chucking attacker in 2001

Egg throwing: A cracking sort of political protest

Politicians with egg on their faces? Surely not. Oh, wait, we’re talking about real eggs, not metaphorical ones, after Ed Miliband was subjected to heavy shelling on a visit to a London market today.

Hassan Rouhani said 'Iran aims to strengthen its relations with Syria and will stand by it in facing all challenges'

Iran's new president? I see only an old and vicious regime

Hopes that Iran will get sweeter with Rouhani in power are naive, to say the least

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge

The Royal baby is named George Alexander Louis, but which of these Georges was he named after?

The Royal Baby name has been announced - it's George! But who was he named after? The obvious answer is any one of the King Georges I - VI who have reigned over our great nation. But there are other possibilities too...

English journalists and publishers Marsha Rowe (left) and Rosie Boycott, founders of the feminist magazine 'Spare Rib', at the magazine's offices, 19th June 1972

Radical feminist magazine Spare Rib to be relaunched as bimonthly glossy and website

Radical feminist publication Spare Rib is to be relaunched as a glossy magazine and website as feminist alternative to “PR and celebrity-filled women’s” publications, according to reports.

Margaret Thatcher's body to be moved to Westminster chapel for private family service ahead of funeral

George Galloway and Dennis Skinner object to plans to delay start of Commons, which would cause the cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions

Andy McSmith's Diary: A shocking glimpse of what it took to win peace

Today being the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought peace to Northern Ireland, it seems as good excuse to revive anecdotes about the slightly made Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam, who did so much to make it possible while slowly dying of a malignant brain tumour.

When millions are shouting, can we hear anyone?

Twitter has rightfully been praised for fostering an explosion of citizen journalism, but worthwhile content on the forum seems the exception to the rule.

Anonymity for the accused: Rape is different to other crimes, and we need to talk about why

If there are other victims out there, naming of the accused can encourage them to speak out. But if the accused is rich and powerful, their identity can act as a shield

Ranks of the Socialist Workers Party are split over handling of rape allegation

Trotskyist group exonerated official because it doesn’t believe in ‘bourgeois court system’ to deliver justice

It doesn’t make you normal, Nadine, just silly

The news that MP Nadine Dorries is entering the I'm a Celebrity jungle has ruffled some political feathers

Do you fancy becoming a Labour MP? How the party cast its cyber-net wide in hunt for new blood

Our diarist notes the frenetic effort Labour is putting into discovering new talent, and why the words of one Bill Oddie are not all they may seem to be

Going far? George Galloway sits back as his battlebus blazes another trail in the election campaign

Fact File: George Galloway

Britain has its fair share of maverick politicians, but as a dependable source of soundbites and surprises, few can match George Galloway.

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