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  • We strive to keep those 12 million viewers happy
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    For instance, you might well envy me my prose style, described by more than one distinguished critic as "well-honed". You might envy me the immense ease with which I float through the elevated literary and political salons of the latter part of the 2...

  • Forget murder, DC's number one
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    This announcement has shocked and stunned Washingtonians, who have become so used to bitching about the place. After all, it was only nine years ago that this was the murder capital of the USA. Suddenly they have to accustom themselves to the idea th...

  • Almost as rotten as an 18th-century assembly
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    The trouble is largely of Mr Tony Blair's own making. Or, if it is not Mr Blair's fault, the blame must be shared between my old friend from Ammanford, Lord Richard, and someone with whom I have often had a drink in what Lord Beaverbrook used to call...

  • It's too easy to mock
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    But Middle England is elusive. Its coordinates are vague, its exact psychological and demographic conditions largely undefined. You can aim at pinning it down with a formula like "middle class, middle brow and middle aged", but with every shot the ta...

  • The worst insult you can bellow across the House is `U-turn'
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    It is not so long ago that the automaton tendency, exemplified by the lugubrious Andrew Smith (now employment minister) was castigating the Tories' "crazy scheme to privatise the air". And flouncing, "Our air is not for sale". This is the language th...

  • Don't blame genes, blame geography
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    Consciously or unconsciously, most people have explained them only on the basis that different races have different IQs, despite the absence of any evidence for the existence of such differences. My own long experience with technologically "primitive...

  • Leading article: The bankrupt parliament
    Sunday, 14 June 1998

    The assumption behind these proposals is that the European Parliament, as currently constituted, is a failure. In Mr Blair's case this may be based on a disagreeable experience he had at the hands of Labour MEPs soon after his election as party leade...

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