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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.

I'm sorry, Mr Hague, but your British Way is another dead end

He is unwise to use language that appeals to crazed nationalists, little Englanders and muttering old men

The Bramley Affair: A case that gripped Britain

The Pundits

This phoney story of a bloodless man emerging from the shadows

HERE'S HOW it goes. Yesterday morning, when the other broadsheets had front pages dominated by the conclusions of the enquiry into Ashworth hospital, The Daily Telegraph alone led with another twist in the Peter Mandelson saga. "Book tells of plot to succeed Blair," claimed the sub- headline. On page 4, the main story was entitled: "Mandelson `plotted to become PM.'" And the plot? Ah yes, the plot. The plot is outlined in chapter 16 of Paul Routledge's book about Peter Mandelson - Mandy: the Unauthorised Biography of Peter Mandelson - to be published next week.

Mandelson's fall: What price a disgraced Prince of Darkness?

PETER MANDELSON has not ruled out a swift return to the centre of the political stage, although reports that he might stand for election as mayor of London were scotched by his supporters yesterday.

Green unveils pounds 460m Sears bid plan

PHILIP GREEN, the maverick retail entrepreneur, finally declared his interest in making a pounds 460m bid for Sears yesterday, although the struggling retail group immediately dismissed the approach as being "highly conditional" and pitched at too low a level.

A few childish questions can destroy bias

THE ONE subject on which you can never have an unbiased argument is bias. Having been described as both a Tory harpy and a New Labour crony within the same week, I presume that equal and opposite insults cancel each other out.

In the Sticks: Shameful tale of violence, sex and butter

OUR CUTESY little puppy is no longer so cute. With the appearance of two neat little black spheres, tight as ping-pong balls between his back legs, he has entered a difficult adolescence. He's got all the symptoms: personal hygiene difficulties, excessive consumption of banned substances, reckless disobedience and prurient obsession with the sexual characteristics of females. Sometimes I think that there is not so much as a sheet of rice paper between humans and dogs.

The Agreeable world of Wallace Arnold: How I helped Roger put ghastly 'pop' in its place

I'M DELIGHTED to see that my old friend and quaffing partner Professor Roger Scruton has been able to find a publisher for his new book, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture. Well done! As an intelligent person myself, I will be among the first to buy it, though being quite particularly intelligent I will probably give it a few months before popping into a remaindered bookshop, thus saving myself anything up to pounds 14.

Leading article: Hypocrisy masquerading as tolerance

PERSONAL STATEMENTS to the House of Commons are usually opportunities to score a few political points, twist the knife of resignation a little, garner some publicity for the recently deprived of office. But Ron Davies's speech was a much more private and, in its way, quietly powerful performance. It was a brave thing to do, and Mr Davies was right to warn us about the danger of the press wielding power irresponsibly and raise questions about how tolerant we really are.

Not only Ron will rue that walk on the common

RON DAVIES has finally reached for the pearl-handled revolver and abandoned his forlorn hope of becoming First Minister of Wales.

Children's fiction finds a new hero in Just William's long-lost chum

IT IS BEING described as a rediscovered classic. Stories by Just William author Richmal Crompton that appeared briefly in the 1940s, and were then forgotten for nearly 50 years, are to be relaunched next week.

A man seeking serenity

The Hilary Clarke interview: BA's New Labour-friendly chief is trying to steer clear of turbulence

Letter: Blair `shock-troops'

Sir: With "shock-troops" like Second Term does Tony Blair need enemies? The views put forward by Nick Prior and his friends are resonant of another group of young turks from the 1980s - the Federation of Conservative Students. Advocating drug decriminalisation and an end to the monarchy finally prompted that well-known moderate Norman Tebbit to close down the FCS. Will the Labour Party be dealing similarly with Mr Prior and friends?

The Artful dodger Interview: Art Malik

After establishing himself in `The Jewel in the Crown' in 1984, Art Malik became well known as a Hollywood baddie. Now Britain's most successful Asian actor is turning his hand to comedy
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