"Reviewers of alternative comedy have failed to do what the rock-music press did 30 years ago: evolve a critical language to talk about a new art form." So claimed Robert Newman in 2006.
Education Secretary’s attack on lack of pupils’ knowledge not based on any academic research
Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are
War leader will replace penal reformer Elizabeth Fry, leaving the Queen the only woman on a British bank note
George Galloway and Dennis Skinner object to plans to delay start of Commons, which would cause the cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions
A senior Anglican clergyman from Baroness Thatcher’s home town has criticised the cost of her funeral – saying the decision to spend an estimated £10m of public money on the ceremony was a “mistake”.
Unite and Unison back mass action for the first time since 1926
PM says killing of 380 people was 'shameful' but does not apologise
There are one or two who would probably contribute to the public good much more effectively by writing poetry
More than 35,000 people signed a petition to save the "greatest black Briton"
Sources close to Nick Clegg say he is determined to stop Michael Gove's plans
A life-size portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, which he said revealed his soul during one of his darkest hours, is going on public display after years spent hanging on the wall of the home of his late grandson.
Jean Tranape was one of the last surviving members of the French Pacific Battalion. They were volunteers from France's Asian colonies who fought and died in Europe and North Africa for lands, notably France and Great Britain, few, if any of them, had ever seen before.
After 16 days of sporting heroism which made London the centre of the world, the curtain fell on the 30th Olympics last night with a display of exuberant – at times anarchic – revelry that had but one message: Bye world, we hope you as good a time as we did. Now let's dance.
Winston Churchill and Evelyn Waugh hated his work, but Picasso provided inspiration for a whole generation of UK artists, as Arifa Akbar discovers at Tate Britain's new exhibition