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I was touched these past weeks by sweet sprinklings of naivete from some worthy and veteran Tories. In the Spectator Paul Johnson paid tribute to his "tall, handsome, rich and successful" pal, Jonathan Aitken, curiously entitled "A tribute to a gallant swashbuckler at present in hot water" which sounds rather like the opening line of a Lloyd Webber heart-stopper or, more pertinently, an extremely cryptic crossword clue. In the course of his loyal tribute, Paul wrote, of Jonathan's veracity: "I have known Jonathan over 30 years and I do not recall him ever lying to me..." This is touching. This displays a wholly unworldly approach to the evils, prevalent around us. For Paul Johnson clearly does not yet know that the first law of good lying is never to be found out. One would hardly expect a successful chap like Jonathan, or any other high-flier who may wish to fib, to have one of his pals state: "I have known Jonathan for 30 years and he's always telling me whoppers, which I spot easily." Sweet.

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Great British meal of the future - water, gravy and two veg

Meat-free pork sausages and chunks of ham whose main ingredient is added water could become legal next January.

Tomorrow's great British meal - water, gravy and two veg

Meat-free pork sausages and chunks of ham whose main ingredient is added water could become legal next January.

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