From the daily archives:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Week 50: Hero – Christopher Hitchens

December 18, 2011

This week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the late Christopher Hitchens. If Vaclav Havel had died a day earlier, I reckon he’d have got this award. But he didn’t, and so this week we decided to award Christopher Hitchens our Hero of the Week Award. I have to concede that, at first blush, […]

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Week 50: Prat – Nick Clegg

December 18, 2011

This week’s Prat of the Week is seven-times winner, the Rt Hon Nicholas Clegg MP. Is there no end to this man’s prattishness? I was left a little gob-smacked this morning watching the Andrew Marr show.  In his chat with guest paper reviewer Fiona Shaw, Marr made the claim that the veto had made it a good week for […]

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Week 50: Villain – James Murdoch

December 18, 2011

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the Chairman of News Corporation Europe and heir apparent to the News Corp empire, James Murdoch When I was writing my piece yesterday on the first anniversary of the Arab Spring, I was reminded of how that (Bahrain apart) these supposedly revolutionary republics, all end up being monarchies […]

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By-Election Update – Feltham and Heston

December 18, 2011

On Thursday the voters of Feltham and Heston elected Seema Malhotra, who like Ed Miliband had an apprenticeship carrying Harriet Harman’s bags, as their Member of Parliament.  As I predicted last month, Labour increased its percentage majority, although unlike my prediction they increased the numerical majority too. Labour’s share of the vote rose by 10.8%, […]

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The Arab Spring: One Year On

December 18, 2011

A year ago today, a young unlicensed market trader, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself alight having had his wares and measuring scales confiscated by officials in Sidi Bouzid.  He had got himself in debt to the tune of $200 the day before to buy the goods that the officials took from him, because he had no […]

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