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Outlook Singaporeans may be angry at the fund manager Anton Casey for his loathing of the ordinary folks on their island. But they shouldn't be surprised.

Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s with François Mitterrand

Margaret Thatcher warned François Mitterrand off selling Exocets to Argentina

Even in the opinion of its author it was a scheme that owed more to James Bond than the reality of the Falklands War. The Attorney General hatched a plan to thwart Argentine efforts to get hold of fresh supplies of Exocet missiles by using a secret agent to hijack a plane load of the weapons.

Mark Steel: When Tories demonise the workless

As this Government becomes more unpopular, there's one way it tries to seem in touch with the people, which is to get angry about people on benefits. Its studies show this goes down well, so we'll soon see Grant Shapps on Newsnight saying: "My mate works down the Town Hall and he says nowadays these unemployed turn up with a list from John Lewis, and by law the council has to give it them. One bloke got a snooker table made out of Waterford Crystal. Another got Beyoncé to sing his fish to sleep, straight up. Paid for by you and me."

Double life: Grant Shapps has an alter persona, Michael Green

Are Tory ministers really so stupid that they think that leaving the blinds down is a crime?

In the idiotic claims they make about welfare claimants, the likes of Grant Shapps and George Osborne reveal how completely out of touch they are

David Cameron vows to protect Thatcher's EU rebate

David Cameron will not accept a cut in Britain's rebate from Brussels as he tries to secure a freeze in the European Union budget, Downing Street said today.

London's technology industry has highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe

London’s technology sector has the highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe, according to a global study of 50,000 start-ups.

Profile: Lord Alistair McAlpine

Instant rapport with Thatcher was followed by a fierce loyalty

Eddie Shah charged with child sex offences

Former newspaper proprietor Eddie Shah appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with sexual offences against a schoolgirl.

Labour borrows one nation idea from Benjamin Disraeli

Ed Miliband borrowed a political philosophy from the Tories as he sought to position Labour as an inclusive “one nation” party.

Jeremy Hunt and privatisation are no recipe for saving the NHS - but try telling the Blairites that

The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Health should be a warning for all; we must learn from our former mistakes before privatising our national institution.

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Asil Nadir: 'The Tories were constantly pestering me to give them more money'

David Cameron told he has a 'moral duty' to return Asil Nadir's party donations

Former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine says keeping ‘tainted money’ would be shameful

Asil Nadir in 1993, when the Conservative Party donor fled Britain in 1993 after his Polly Peck business empire collapsed

Asil Nadir was a major Tory benefactor

Asil Nadir was once a darling of the Tory Party and one of its biggest benefactors.

One Minute With: Cathi Unsworth, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Leading article: Civil Service reform is as desirable as it is hard

Ministers are right to ask whether some other countries might do things better

'Mastery of technique': Unsworth in Paris in 1994

Barry Unsworth: Historical novelist who won the Booker Prize

Unsworth's work was characterised by a willingness to tackle big subjects, while also bringing enormous pleasure

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