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November 18, 2014 11 Comments

I’ve worn the same suit for a fortnight – but not deliberately

News that one of my fellow male presenters in Australia managed to wear the same suit for a year without anyone noticing, while his unfortunate female cohort worked her way through thousands of pounds’ worth of couture, has set me thinking about my own wardrobe. (more…)

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November 11, 2014 52 Comments

Eureka moment offers hope of cystic fibrosis cure

The parents of Stuart Gordon, who died of cystic fibrosis, have steadfastly fundraised for Dr Anil Mehta in his search for a cure – and now there is real hope for young sufferers.

November 10, 2014 2 Comments

When it came to Ronald Reagan, the Iron Lady was a pussycat

Imagine my excitement on learning there were tapes of Mrs Thatcher’s handbagging of Ronald Reagan after the US invasion of Grenada. But in fact she hardly gets a word in.

October 26, 2014 4 Comments

Ebola: hysteria, nursing, reporting and courage

As America descends into Ebola panic, the bravery of those on Africa’s front line sticks out.

September 24, 2014 5 Comments

Last of the Mitford sisters: farewell to Debo Devonshire

With her passing a certain kind of style and age has passed. I feel lucky to have known her.

September 20, 2014 132 Comments

The going of Alex Salmond

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.

September 19, 2014 10 Comments

The unmentionable House of Lords: key to a federal Britain?

Constitutional reform proposals are flooding out of No. 10 (without much consultation it seems) in the wake of the Scottish referendum. So is now the time for much needed House of Lords reform?

Scotland’s message to Westminster

The referendum campaign has been an intoxicating democratic exercise in democracy. It represented something of a revolt against the Westminster elite.

September 15, 2014 39 Comments

Scots referendum: how democratic is the process?

A simple majority in this referendum will decide whether Britain breaks up or not – and our legislature will have had no say whatever in what could be a major constitutional change.

September 12, 2014 14 Comments

Ian Paisley, one bride, and four political enemies

It was the mid-1970s. In my taxi, alongside Ian Paisley, I’d got a clean sweep of some of Northern Ireland’s most hostile political rivals.

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