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Nick Clegg was one of the first politicians I’ve met who I could imagine having a meal with

I'm not ashamed to admit Nick Clegg agrees with me

Nick Clegg is one of the first politicians I’ve met who I could imagine having a meal with

If interviewees such as Richard Ayoade, with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, don’t want to engage with the process, maybe they should stay at home

Russell Brand and Richard Ayoade need to realise that in interviews, meta doesn’t mean better

It’s a tired format, but recent attempts to subvert the promotional appearance have generated more heat than light

Can celebrities help to invigorate democracy in the same way as they have to save tuna?

If celebrity pictures can save endangered species, could they save our endangered democracy too?

Default man dominates politics – even Ukip has no idea how to appeal to women and gay people

Nick Clegg giving a speech on international development in London on Wednesday

Lord Oakeshott resigns from Lib Dems: Clegg is a leader with a good track record – if only he told us

Any political defeat brings the knives out. And a defeat that was, on the face of it, as comprehe.....

What bliss it is to be detoxed and McKeithless

It’s day nine of my 10-day Italian detox, and I have to admit to feeling seriously blissed out. I.....

Middle-class problems: No.32 - Flatmates

It’s not easy living with non-family members...

The mural depicts a fatal confrontation between democracy protesters and troops at Newport’s Westgate Hotel in 1839

The destruction of the Newport Chartist Mural is a needless and casual act of cultural vandalism

Thirty years after it was created, men wearing high-visibility jackets took a small digger to the Chartist mural near Frost Square in Newport - all for a new shopping centre

Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with.....

The Government is trying to prevent whistleblower Edward Snowden from travelling to this country

Dog meets cat and it's love at first fight

Our home zoo has expanded once again with the arrival last week of our new Labrador puppy, Fitzge.....

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'By 2020, the hope is that Britain will have a politician named Street Downing'

Who knew that there is a member of the US House of Representatives by the name of David Camp who .....

Rebecca Tyrrel: Geoffrey Boycott’s nickname, Thatch, arose from an unfortunate hair transplant

Who knew that Theresa May's guiding light is not Mrs Thatcher, or even her near namesake porn sta.....

Rebecca Tyrrel: Sir Alan Sugar will climb into his Rolls Royce shouting, 'You're fired!' at the lot of them

Who knew that Sir Alan Sugar is not the only BBC1 prime-time star in his family? His niece, Rita .....

Rebecca Tyrrel: Laurence Olivier nobly taught Julie Goodyear how to stage-vomit

Who knew that Julie Goodyear, aka Bet Lynch, that foghorn-voiced diva of the Rover's Return, is a.....

Rebecca Tyrrel: Had Marie Osmond been the seventh child, she could have called herself 007

Who knew that Marie Osmond's given name is Olive? Why in the world did she change it? There are t.....

You can call me Your Excellency, and save a life

My family are finally proud of me. After years of putting up with me dressing as a squirrel and t.....

The Chancellor's attempts to solve our housing crisis are unhelpful and unworkable

Let's build our houses for the way we live now

George Osborne's attempts to solve our housing crisis are heading in the same direction as Parlia.....

'All that has been achieved by the mess that is tighter press regulation is to provide ammunition to those who are resistant to change at any price'

Letter from the Editor: The press controls are flawed, but where is the alternative?

Has there ever been a more cack-handed attempt at creating a new regulatory framework? What does .....

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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