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March 24, 2015 2 Comments

How to live to 100: ‘Everything in moderation’

He is one of the greatest trial lawyers of the 20th century. But Lord Jeremy Hutchinson QC is much more even than that.

He is a man who can remember the end of the first world war; can remember the Jarrow hunger marches; fought in the navy in the second world war; married the greatest actress of the middle 20th century and fought the parliamentary seat of the Cities of London and Westminster in the 1945 election.

All that before his legal career took off.

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March 23, 2015 11 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 6 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 175 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.

February 11, 2015 16 Comments

The HSBC board game that defies all-comers

Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs White and the Reverend Green. Why do I awaken this sunless morn to thoughts of Cluedo?

February 5, 2015 8 Comments

Sartorial rebellion: the Greek cutting out ties

I cant think of a more depressing start to the day than to go to the wardrobe and pull out a dull maroon tie, with a few dots or stripes on it. Or worse, none at all.

February 4, 2015 3 Comments

Will the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war ever be published?

Even John Chilcot can never have anticipated the years of toil, obfuscation and delay that would surround his efforts in trying to find the truth about the Iraq war.

February 2, 2015 5 Comments

The language of war in political campaigning

“All-out war” on mediocre schools; apparent threats to “weaponise” the NHS and the “battle” to win voters. A distraction from the real wars that dog the

January 30, 2015 10 Comments

As Churchill’s coffin passed, I cried and tried to hide my tears

On a cold January day in 1965, I joined the crowds in Oxford as Churchill’s funeral train passed. Though we never exchanged a word, we were drawn together in one signal act of gratitude.

January 23, 2015 8 Comments

The Saudi king is dead, long live the Saudi king

Many thousands of Saudi men are in the field with Isis. But the Saudi royal family is so dominant that it is unclear who is linked to what when it comes to the export of extremism.

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