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March 28, 2015 9 Comments

Don’t care about your vote? Beware the alternative

There is a UK election and it begins in earnest now.

At which news, once more, I feel a little bit like the outsider looking in.

For much of my working life I suppose I have been a war correspondent. But here I am bound for Scotland: rosettes, doorsteps, grip ‘n grin and suits. Lots of suits.

But if, if my outside experience can lend one thing as the campaign begins then please let it be this: a rage against the grey cynicism of indifference.

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March 26, 2015 13 Comments

Richard III: it’s all about the relic, the tourism, the cachet and the cash.

Leicester’s claim to Richard III’s bones is disputed, but there’s no doubting the enthusiasm of the local authorities, of church and state, to make the most of his arrival.

March 20, 2015 10 Comments

Jeremy Clarkson and the outrage industry

In an age when rock stars, sport stars – indeed stars of all sorts and political stars most of all – are essentially dulled by walls of PR and PC flummery, Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear

March 19, 2015 3 Comments

What happened when we tracked down ex-HSBC boss Lord Green

He’s ordained, he’s a former HSBC boss, and he’s the man public accounts chairman Margaret Hodge wants to question over those Swiss accounts. I caught up with him yesterday

March 12, 2015 16 Comments

The strange case of Rangers and the Prophet Mohammed cartoon

An ill-judged tweet alleged to have come from a prominent Rangers supporter who is now a non-executive director at the club, should prompt an immediate apology.

March 10, 2015 1 Comment

Hillsborough inquest: police chief gives evidence

The relatives of the 96 have fought long and hard for this real inquest instead of the previous whitewash – and they have waited long, so long, to hear David Duckenfield cross-examined.

February 24, 2015 5 Comments

Mariupol – the next front in the Ukraine war?

The war has come south. The prize? Why, Mariupol, of course, whose steelworks must surely be one of the biggest industrial plants on earth.

February 22, 2015 2 Comments

Is cease-fire in Ukraine really non-existent?

I heard the sound of shelling east of the southern port of Mariupol today and there were reports of fighting around Horlivka north of Donetsk.

February 20, 2015 2 Comments

Life in Debaltseve: digging for pasta in the debris

It has been at the centre of intense fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist rebels, but now a more human, tragic story is unfolding on the streets of Debaltseve.

February 19, 2015 3 Comments

Ukrainian troops bitter and angry after Debaltseve falls to rebels

Many Ukrainian soldiers say they feel they have been sold down the river by Kiev and President Poroshenko, as heavy artillery fire continues to rain down on their positions in Debaltseve.

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