When it was announced that the Gay Hussar restaurant in Soho was to be closed up and sold by its owners, Corus Hotels, its dedicated clientele were disconsolate. How, they asked in various newspapers and magazine columns, could this monument to Hungarian food and late 20th-century Labour politics be lost to the property spivs?
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Sunday 24 May 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
In the marriage of the three people at the heart of New Labour, he is the wounded party who has bravely kept his counsel until he could hide the truth no more, and he has now told his story in a lip-trembling interview in which real tears were never far away.
Monday 16 March 2009
Saturday 07 March 2009
Peter Mandelson epitomises all that is wrong with our democratic system. His CV is a reason for us to give up on democracy and take direct action. After several disgraces and resignations, Mandelson is back from exile in Europe to be shoe-horned into government as an unelected minister, via an archaic loophole which allows the Prime Minister to create peers and place them in power for his own political ends. This is what democracy in the UK looks like.
Friday 06 March 2009
A climate change activist threw a cup of green "slime" over Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today as he arrived at the launch of the Government's low carbon economy summit.
Monday 02 March 2009
Thursday 05 February 2009
Outlook Blimey. Here's a Government policy that seems to be actually working. Ministers declared that they were keen to encourage competition in the construction of new nuclear power stations and that's precisely what they seem to be getting. News yesterday that GDF Suez is clubbing together with Iberdrola to bid for the sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority brings to three the number of consortia which have declared plans for new nuclear build in Britain.
Monday 26 January 2009
Monday 19 January 2009
It is not hard to imagine the agonising that has gone on in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party about whether to bring back Kenneth Clarke. The former Chancellor warrants the description "big beast" simply by virtue of his positions in governments past. But he is not one of those whose distinction has been frozen in time; the description remains valid, more than a decade after he retired to the backbenches.
Sunday 11 January 2009
Thursday 18 December 2008
Colette Bowe, already an Ofcom board member, will become the regulator's chairman when Lord Currie steps down at Easter. The 61-year old will serve a five-year term with an annual salary of £200,000.
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