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May 27, 2015 1 Comment

My naked Swiss arrest and some questions for Fifa

Having had the privilege of being arrested in a Swiss hotel at dead of night myself, I can perhaps shed some light on what the Fifa suspects are now facing.

I was merely arrested for non-payment of a fine of 30 Swiss francs for going through a red light a decade earlier.

But it didn’t prevent the police from raiding the hotel’s key box, bursting into my room at four in the morning, dragging me naked from my bed and carting me to a police station in a blanket where I lingered for some seven hours in a cell before being allowed to make a phone call to summon a colleague with the money.


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May 21, 2015 3 Comments

Love, loss and pobbling with Vikram Seth

I confess I had never pobbled in my life, nor indeed did I even know what the word meant but in interviewing Vikram Seth it seemed the pobbling had to come before the talking…

April 16, 2015 10 Comments

Will Lord Janner’s alleged victims have their day in court?

The DPP says Lord Janner’s dementia renders him incapable of standing trial on charges of historic child sex abuse. But is the DPP right?

April 9, 2015 47 Comments

Election 2015: Political exuberance in Scotland, indecision and indifference elsewhere

Outside Scotland widespread alienation of voters from politics means the upcoming election has failed to engage the public.

April 8, 2015 2 Comments

Iran nuclear deal: a picture that said a thousand words

Only those versed in Iranian political custom immediately understood the symbolism of a social call made by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

April 5, 2015 16 Comments

Britain’s health service: the best in the world?

So far, so predictable. One week of the formal election campaign underway and one key political football emerges, as so often before, the NHS.

March 24, 2015 4 Comments

How to live to 100: ‘Everything in moderation’

One of the greatest trial lawyers of the 20th, Lord Jeremy Hutchinson will be 100 years old on Saturday.century. He says his longevity is the result of a life of moderation.

March 23, 2015 13 Comments

Richard III: what it tells us about today’s Britain

One senses that there’s a whiff of unease in royal circles about the wisdom of being involved with a happening that at times may seem, to some, close to bonkers.

March 19, 2015 7 Comments

The great smog – who’s at fault, Europe, China or us?

The great smog has hit England. Is it us, the Chinese or the Europeans who are to blame?

February 17, 2015 177 Comments

How I got stoned on skunk

I had sucked in two huge gulps of the stuff before I started spluttering. I am not a smoker, and the skunk was being delivered in vapour form – two huge balloons of the stuff.

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