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Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.

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Letter: Raining on Renoir

Sir: The suggestion that the young woman in the foreground of Renoir's Les Parapluies is uncomfortable only because of the attentions of the man behind her (report, 16 October) seems to me to overlook the obvious cause of her discomfort; namely the lack of an umbrella.

CHESS

A lifetime's experience of this noble game has convinced me that chess is permeated with an inherent sense of moral rectitude. This exhibits itself nowhere better than when a strong player, who ought to know better, adopts a dubious opening variation. Even if he then fights back to an acceptable, or even superior position, he will, more often than not, go on to lose. The deliberate choice of a poor opening is an offence against the game's moral code and the perpetrator is punished for it. Take this game, for example.
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