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Speeches in the House of Commons by the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg are an erudite comedy turn. As MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill (Lords), which writes into British law two draft regulations passed by the Council of the European Union, only he thought it necessary to read into the official record part of what one of the regulations actually said.

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Glamour model Katie Price has been asked to guest edit Radio 4's flagship Today programme, according to reports.

Harriet Walker: Let's end the tyranny of sports jocks

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The Sketch: Like a casual country gent – but he knows the language of the street

"There'll be business graduates working on checkout tills," one Labour member protested. If true, so what? It would take that over-educated gloss off them in a year or two and teach them business from the shop floor up. The Secretary of State didn't say that or anything like it. The casual, country gent that is Iain Duncan Smith has a better grasp of modern parlance than this street-level, petrol-sniffing sketch.

Cameron under fire from all sides as Coalition’s honeymoon ends

PM denies anyone would be made homeless by benefit cuts

Mark Steel: Shamed by our spirit of protest

Wayne Rooney must look in the papers every morning and think, "How does Vince Cable get away with it? Just like me, a year ago he was a national hero, the embodiment of hope, and now he's a bumbling fool and revealed as a cheat. But he's allowed to carry on as he pleases and isn't even substituted. I want a transfer to the Liberal Democrats."

Hakluyt's Promise, By Peter C Mancall

An on-your-bike precursor of Norman Tebbit, the Elizabethan academic and cleric Richard Hakluyt wrote influential works urging his fellow countrymen towards the New World. He was astonished that the English had not yet "set fast footing in such fertill and temperate places, as are yet unpossessed... of Spaniardes and Portingales".

Relocating jobless with new homes 'impractical'

Proposals to encourage the long-term jobless to move around the country in the search for work by promising them new homes have been dismissed as impractical and a return to the Thatcherite 1980s.

Jobless to get incentives to move in order to find work

The Government signalled a return to the controversial employment policies of the 1980s last night, as the Work and Pensions Secretary revealed he was drawing up plans to "relocate" the unemployed to parts of the country where there are jobs. Echoing Norman Tebbit's call for the jobless to "get on their bikes" and find work, Iain Duncan Smith said he would be bringing forward proposals to encourage people to leave unemployment blackspots to seek better opportunities elsewhere.

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Tom Sutcliffe: The life lesson all children need to learn

I momentarily turned into Norman Tebbit over the weekend – an unsettling experience which was vaguely reminiscent of that bit in The Fly when Jeff Goldblum suddenly starts buzzing uncontrollably. The catalyst in my case wasn't a careless test-run with a matter transmitter but overhearing a comment on the story that teachers were now finding themselves facing their own pupils on interview panels.

Marina Cantacuzino: We can forgive without excusing

To Lord Tebbit I’d say that what we seek to do is explain violence, and understand it

Gordon Brown leads funeral tributes to Michael Foot

The Prime Minister hailed the man famed for his dazzling oratory and fiery debating skills - but who nevertheless led his party to electoral disaster in 1983 - as "one of the greatest parliamentarians ever".

Lord Tebbit 'jostled by a Chinese dragon'



Tory peer Norman Tebbit got "jostled by a dragon" and grabbed at a drum as he tried to stop noisy Chinese New Year celebrations, it was reported today.

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