Of queers, poofs and politics

There's an ideological clash between good gay sex (think `Philadelphia' ) versus bad gay sex (think `Queer as Folk')

Oscar Wilde, the Burghers of Calais, and now Tom Paine ...

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Book review: The dark soul of government

THE CULTURE OF SECRECY: BRITAIN 1832-1998 BY DAVID VINCENT, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, pounds 25

The ticklish problem of a zzzzz and two noughts

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Notebook: Raise statues to people, not concepts

THERE HAS recently been a series of small controversies about public statues in London - large controversies, even, if you read the tabloids.

Kebabs and Wilde totty

`Ah, the exquisite Richard Littlejohn,' he would murmur, `the ineffable in pursuit of the unsayable'

Focus: Resisting everything except temptation

In the week of the unveiling of a statue of Oscar Wilde, other events were a reminder that the Naughty Nineties applies as much to London's Soho today as it did 100 years ago

Letter: Oscar award

Sir: Given Tom Lubbock's views on the new sculpture to Oscar Wilde ("It's got to go", 1 December) I wonder what Wilde himself would have said about it?

The dangerous bigotry of the BBC

I was not allowed to infer that Mandelson's situation is not a million miles from Oscar Wilde's

A fitting testament to Oscar Wilde: a monumental row over gay politics

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It's got to go

Oscar Wilde deserved a monument fit for a hero of art, love and politics. Instead Maggi Hambling has sculpted a wilfully tacky, silly, Tussaudian tragedy

Theatre: Wilde about the boy

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The New Oxford Book of English Prose

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