Where, a few months ago, Tom Watson and much of the rest of the country seemed ready to believe that the late Lord Brittan, the former cabinet minister and European Commissioner, was suddenly “as close to evil as any human being could get”, now the climate of national opinion – and particularly as represented in parts of the press – views Mr Watson, and maybe even the police, as seemingly “close to evil”.
Lurking in the confusion was a human story of something close to a broken friendship
But Lord Brittan's brother dismissed it as 'a half way apology'
Watson, aka ‘the witchfinder general’, has had a torrid week, but he won’t stop saying it as he sees it
PM says deputy Labour leder 'has questions to answer' after he repeated comment from an alleged sex abuse survivor that Lord Brittan was "close to evil"
After the police decided not to pursue the investigation Labour's deputy leader wrote to the DPP to complain on behalf of the alleged victim
It smacks of a police force in a state of funk, having dropped the ball on Jimmy Savile and others
A Panorama film found flaws in claims that there was a VIP sex ring in Westminster and that three boys were murdered
Both Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson have reassured MPs that they oppose moves to make them face mandatory reselection meetings before the general election
Swede who lost form and fortune in Allen Stanford fraud proves popular FedEx Cup champion
Discussions over who will take role to be held later this week
Our diarist notes another conflagration among Australia's fiery parliamentarians, and watches anarcho-Tory Douglas Carswel, pictured, endure a public test of loyalty
Rory McIlroy won the battle but lost the war. Having shot down Lee Westwood in yesterday's morning's World Match Play semi-final grudge match, McIlroy got held up and ambushed 2&1 in the desert by Hunter Mahan in the final.
As wee Rory discovered in July, the weather can wholly cloud your view of the game in general or of a course in particular. Play somewhere when you can't grip the club properly because your glove is so wet, or you're swaddled by layers into near-immobility, or you risk being blown over if you attempt any sort of weight transfer through your swing, or possibly all three simultaneously, and you're not going to be rushing back. Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a case in point; I'm sure the course in a south Manchester suburb is sometimes truly lovely, but all I can remember is a faceful of mud with every strike, not necessarily excluding on the greens.
Former world number one Tiger Woods is to return to action at next week's Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
The other day in a questionnaire on the food and drink pages of a Sunday newspaper, asked which kitchen gadget he couldn't live without, a farmer called Tim Wilson, owner of the Ginger Pig butcher group, identified his Aga, the "hub" of his kitchen.