New Articles 16-year-old William Hague rails against the evils of socialism in his famous speech to the Conservative Party conference in 1977

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

Last Night's TV: Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, BBC4

She knew how to get the party started

Pandora: Servants of the people

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.

Portillo on Thatcher: The Lady's Not For Spurning, BBC4<br />Wonderland, BBC2

While ostensibly about Margaret Thatcher, this documentary by Michael Portillo on his former leader says more about him

Michael Portillo: My Life in Media

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.

Inside Lines: Are British coaches missing the bus?

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.

Jon Bon Jovi: The man and his band on the road

To his critics, he's just an over-coiffed mediocrity. To his fans, he's a living rock god. To himself, he's just a kid from New Jersey who got very, very lucky. But one thing's for certain: Jon Bon Jovi's latest world tour is the quintessential rock'n'roll experience. Ed Caesar joins the man and his band on the road

Portillo's nemesis Twigg is promoted to schools post

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.

'If Blunkett goes, it will be as much due to media harassment as to Mrs Quinn'

The Home Secretary's trials remind Michael Brown of his own press hounding
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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine