Fayed rejects Harrods approach

Mohamed plays the ladies' man

Hague is plagued and Blair is made up

welve Months have gone by since last I set down my free Thoughts upon the present State of Affairs, in which Period severall great Events, infallibly predicted in my Almanack anno. 1998, have duly come to pass, viz., Master Peter Mandelson, his Restoration to the Ministry following the Payment of his Debt to the Common-wealth; Mistress Mowlam, her Fall from great Office to who-knows-where; Master William Hague, whose Troubles descend upon his bald Head like a Plague of Locusts, or a Pack of ravening Wolves from the Mountains, or a Thief in the Night, as related in the Scriptures; together with many other lamentable Episodes, too numerous conveniently to list in a short Paper of this Description.

Welcome to this tragi-comedy of self-deception

IF YOU were to write an epic novel set inside the Conservative Party over the past 20 years, Neil Hamilton would be your central character.

The Hamilton Affair: The victor - Outsider revels in triumph over British Establishment

V APPEARED TO be for vaudeville, as Mohamed Al Fayed's appearance in the witness box descended into farce. In the end it was for victory as the Harrods owner scored a famous triumph over the Establishment.

The Hamilton Affair: The vanquished - Hamilton, a fatally flawed politician on the make who grabbed, gambled, lied and lost

LAST SATURDAY, the day after a highly favourable summing up by the judge in his libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed, the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was musing how and when to make his political return. His formidable wife, Christine, was starting her memoirs which would chart their victory over adversity.

The Hamilton Affair: Fayed demolishes Hamilton in the sleaze trial of the century

NEIL HAMILTON was last night facing up to financial ruin, a reputation destroyed and public humiliation after a jury decided that he was indeed corrupt.

The Hamilton Affair: The Rowland Factor - Poisoned feud of the tycoons claims new casualty

IT WAS a long war between two vengeful tycoons. It corroded politics, destroyed careers, tainted the Tories with the mark of sleaze and helped to bring down John Major's government. And what happened at Court 13 of the High Court in London over the past five weeks was just its latest, surreal chapter.

Leading article: Trial by soundbite: so why not go all the way and let the cameras in?

PITY THE poor jurors who, understandably, took the best part of two days to decide who deserved the greater humiliation: the corrupt and mendacious former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton, or the corrupt and mendacious owner of Harrods, Mohamed al Fayed.
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