Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.
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Saturday 23 December 2006
My gran always used to make effortless and perfect roast potatoes. At the time I never questioned why they were so good, but now I know it was down to two things. First was her choice of potatoes - floury not waxy is best for roast potatoes, so buy varieties such as King Edwards, Maris Piper or Desiree. Second was her method of cooking them. If you want to make perfect fluffy roast potatoes, pre-boil them to the point where they're nearly cooked, drain them, return them to the pan, put the lid on and give them a good shake so that the edges get all roughed up. Then put them in hot beef dripping, goose or duck fat or lard which has been heated up in an oven pre-heated to 200C/gas mark 6. Cook for about an hour or until crisp. You're guaranteed golden potatoes with the flakiest, crispiest exteriors and memorably fluffy insides.
Tuesday 14 November 2006
Monday 05 June 2006
Monday 29 May 2006
Sunday 28 May 2006
Pensions, argh. Why is it that something so utterly vital causes so many people's eyes to glaze over? Why is it that normally sensible people make such terrible decisions over pensions? And is it really such a problem anyway?
Saturday 20 May 2006
Thursday 03 November 2005
Sunday 23 October 2005
Thursday 20 October 2005
Tuesday 18 October 2005
Monday 17 October 2005
Tuesday 11 October 2005
Friday 07 October 2005
Thursday 06 October 2005
Thursday 06 October 2005
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
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Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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