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Ding Dong: Yip Harburg has turned 117, McSmith

Ding Dong: Yip Harburg has turned 117

Let’s hear for the lyricist who wrote the lyrics of the songs from Wizard of Oz

By | McSmith | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 3:36 pm

‘Tripe dissolved in twaddle’: an MP’s verdict on a study of the crisis in the NHS, McSmith

‘Tripe dissolved in twaddle’: an MP’s verdict on a study of the crisis in the NHS

A report about the future of Manchester’s hospitals may be riddled with jargon, but the message is grim

By | McSmith | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 2:30 pm

Ding Dong: tasteless but harmless, McSmith

Ding Dong: tasteless but harmless

Like previous cases of songs being banned, this is ridiculous

By | McSmith | Friday, 12 April 2013 at 4:05 pm

Still at the trough: the Lords expenses cheats, McSmith

Still at the trough: the Lords expenses cheats

Lords Hanningfield and Taylor, who were jailed for fiddling expenses, have claimed thousands more since leaving prison.

By | McSmith | Thursday, 11 April 2013 at 12:28 pm

Ssh, tell no one: Tony Blair has written for The Staggers, McSmith

Ssh, tell no one: Tony Blair has written for The Staggers

The New Statesman centenrary edition proudly presents some great writers, but less proudly presents the ex Prime Minister

By | McSmith | Thursday, 11 April 2013 at 10:26 am

Whatever they said about Mo Mowlam, the truth was usually cruder, McSmith

Whatever they said about Mo Mowlam, the truth was usually cruder

Remembering Mo Mowlam., who negotiated the Good Friday Agreement 15 years ago today

By | McSmith | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 at 12:43 pm

The first time I saw Margaret Thatcher, McSmith

The first time I saw Margaret Thatcher

A wordless encounter with the Prime Minister in a narrow Commons corridor

By | McSmith | Monday, 8 April 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hollande’s camel: it couldn’t happen to a Downing Street cat, McSmith

Hollande’s camel: it couldn’t happen to a Downing Street cat

A gift from the people of Mali to the French President has allegedly wound up in a cooking pot.

By | McSmith | Monday, 8 April 2013 at 11:04 am

It’s a ‘who’d be a politician?’ sort of day, McSmith

It’s a ‘who’d be a politician?’ sort of day

Chuka Umanna is skewered for something he wrote on a private website seven years ago, and Osborne for where his driver parked.

By | McSmith | Friday, 5 April 2013 at 12:34 pm

The missionary hoping to take the Conservative message north., McSmith

The missionary hoping to take the Conservative message north.

Perhaps David Skelton could set himself the aim of getting a Tory councillor elected in Manchester

By | McSmith | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 1:06 pm

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