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Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea

Allowing me the freedom to take my pension as a lump sum on retirement will, likely as not, mean tha...

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely p...

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply

Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interes...

Miles Kington: Survey gives clues to 50 worst headlines of the year

Getting through newspapers as quickly as possible is made much easier if you simply follow the Miles Kington method and avoid all articles which feature a certain word in its heading.

Miles Kington: On the 12th day of Yule, my true love went binge-drinking

Today I am bringing you a continuation of yesterday's session of the United Deities, in which all the gods upstairs were discussing the way the Roman feast of Saturnalia had been rebranded as Christmas by the early Christians. As rebranding and reinvention are still so much with us today, I think we should stick with them for a little longer...

Miles Kington: Why the midwinter solstice is a time to be saturnine

It's high time before Christmas that we paid a visit to the gods up in heaven and found out what they are talking about at the United Deities, the great non-stop talk shop for all divinities past and present. Of course, Christmas is not necessarily a subject of general interest to the majority of gods, but with any luck there might be something instructive in the last set of minutes of their current session...

Miles Kington: Why not go Christmas shopping for some handy foreign words?

Even during my lifetime, more French trendy expressions have come sneaking in like rabid foxes through the Channel Tunnel

Miles Kington: Maybe a couple of straight guys can do justice to Wilde

A sour Rupert himself is playing the part of a woman in the new 'St Trinian's' film. I wonder if he feels at all inadequate? Unlikely

Miles Kington: What do you get for the man who has everything?

Someone once wrote a piece which started: "A Perfect Gift For the Man Who Has Everything. Penicillin!" That may be very funny for most of us, but is rather offensive to those who really have got everything. How these unlucky millionaires must dread Christmas, when their nearest and dearest ring them up and say, "Any good ideas on your want list this year?" and they have to say drearily, "Well, I really do think I've got everything I need..." or even worse, lie and say, "You're not going to believe this, but I'm very low on socks..."

Miles Kington: Could Brussels sprouts save the British food industry?

It was the annual 2007 meeting of the British Food Item of the Year Campaign, and time for the keynote speech. So all eyes were on Sir Hector Pascal as he made his way up to the podium in Sandwichmakers Hall, the great livery company HQ in which they were privileged to be gathered this evening.

Miles Kington: Season's bleatings from Ace Heating Engineers and friends

Seasonal scenes from the breakfast table...

Miles Kington: Lost in an enchanting world of forgotten classics

I come to you today to sing the praises of something which restores the colour to the cheeks of the word "bookish", namely the magazine called Slightly Foxed. Have you come across this? You have to keep your eyes open as it is a quarterly the issue are spring, summer, etc and is entirely dedicated to pieces by writers about other writers they have loved, or feel are neglected, or whom we may take for granted.

Miles Kington: No abbey, no fireworks. Just a small, unrepeatable moment

I still can't quite make up my mind why I enjoyed it so much. It might have been the butterfly which, when roused, started fluttering over the choir

Miles Kington: If you go down to the woods today, you'll find it a bit dull

There was an elderly man sitting opposite me in the train yesterday who looked so respectable that I got quite a shock when, halfway through a newspaper article, he said something rude under his breath. He looked up, caught my eye and apologised.

Miles Kington: We all know what makes a city a city... or do we?

I have had a letter from a reader who has asked me to settle for once and for all the answer to the question "What is a City?"

Miles Kington: Why Pullman and Dawkins are no match for the Deities

All the best religions were great stories. Now there is a storytelling atheist at the door, using great stories to hit back and bully for him

Miles Kington: No picnic for gods debating teddy bear dbcle

It's been far too long since we last consulted the top gods. By which I mean since we paid a visit to the United Deities, that non-stop divine talk shop which all gods are entitled to attend, so they can discuss how we humans are managing the planet. Here are some of the minutes from last week's session ...

Miles Kington: My controversial turn at the Oxford Union

Yes, it was in February this year that I was one of the guest speakers at the Oxford Union, along with Peter Stringfellow, ex-Major Charles Ingram (of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? fame), Theo Paphitis from BBC 2's Dragon's Den and other media riff-raff. Our motion was, roughly, "That this House thinks the Acquisition of Wealth is the Clearest Path to Happiness", and I can't think why there weren't hordes of protesters besieging the building over this inflammatory and flagrantly capitalist bunkum.

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