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April 16, 2015 9 Comments

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

The man I spoke to is named Roger Bannister – not the Bannister who broke the four-minute mile but the assistant chief constable of Leicestershire, who has spoken out over the decision by the DPP not to prosecute Lord Greville Janner on historic child abuse charges.

Lord Janner has held prestigious posts as a Leicester MP, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and latterly as a peer of the realm. The DPP has concluded that his dementia renders him too incapacitated to stand trial.


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April 9, 2015 46 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 15 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 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.

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