The annual release of secret papers from the National Archive reveals Mrs Thatcher’s scornful response to a plan to put the precocious young Tory in the Treasury
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Friday 13 June 2008
Monday 09 June 2008
While others around you lose their heads, what's the answer to 12 across? That was the question bugging fun-loving environment minister Phil Woolas, when a Pandora mole walked in to his office last week.
Sunday 02 March 2008
Monday 25 February 2008
Michael Portillo, 54, is a broadcaster and regular commentator on BBC1's This Week. He made his name as a Conservative MP and minister and was one of Margaret Thatcher's keenest admirers and champion of her poll tax. Under John Major he became the Defence Secretary. Tonight he rekindles his admiration for the Iron Lady on BBC4, in Portillo on Thatcher: The Lady's Not For Spurning, at 10pm.
Sunday 23 December 2007
When Il Generale Fabio Capello arrives in the new year with his all-Italian lieutenants, he should feel at home among the platoon of mercenaries who have invaded British sport. A quick roll-call reveals that two-thirds of those supervising our 28 Olympic sports as performance directors or chief coaches have been recruited from overseas. In a week when another Aussie, Mike Scott, has been confirmed as successor to swimming's Bill Sweetenham, it seems football is not alone in having to rely on foreign expertise to teach us how to play our games. So does this mean there is something endemically wrong with the British coaching system? Are our coaches simply not good enough? "Not necessarily," says the 2012 chief Seb Coe,a long-time advocate of utilising non-domestic help. "In some cases they are, in some not. It is very simple, really, you go for the best available, and some of those federations which have embraced this philosophy are now on top of the heap." It is no secret that Coe would like to see more foreign coaches imported into his own underachieving sport, athletics.
Wednesday 31 May 2006
Tuesday 01 November 2005
Saturday 15 October 2005
Friday 06 May 2005
Friday 17 December 2004
Stephen Twigg, who was promoted yesterday to the post of School Standards minister, is best known for the look of pure surprise on his face when he defeated Michael Portillo at the 1997 general election.
Monday 06 December 2004
Friday 03 December 2004
Wednesday 10 March 2004
Tuesday 10 February 2004
Monday 27 October 2003
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