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During his visit to Rome in August 2010 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi spoke at a ceremony in Rome and warned
, “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans.” We are fortunate in that we live in a society where we can easily dismiss this as a racist statement.
I blame Ed Miliband for making all those silly Wallace and Gromit jokes. Marvellous error on the front page skyline of The Guardian yesterday.
Luxuriating in feeling very old, I read Tim Montgomerie’s description of “the new 10 Downing Street” as if from another planet. It is only the millionth time since about 1854 that the organogram of the prime minister’s office has been redrawn in an attempt to achieve Montgomerie’s three goals: to “force Whitehall to focus” on [...]
Wisconsin isn’t one of the glamour States in the US. You know it exists, somewhere in that expanse of endless terrain in the middle there, but you couldn’t pick it out on a map, much less name any of its towns.
Your first port of call should be the local council website when seeking a new home. Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver points you in the right direction.
Ajax v Anderlecht, Europa League, 8.05pm
Back Ajax at 8/11, generally available
Given that Dutch club Ajax beat Anderlecht 3-0 in Switzerland, it seems strange you can back them at 8-11 to win the second leg tonight. Perhaps the bookmakers think the manager will rest a few players, but 3-0 can be a dangerous score and I [...]
“I never thought I’d see you two and food in the same room at the same time.”
It was my Uncle Jack’s funeral today. A beautiful mass, the perfect sending off.
This came in the pub afterwards. Three or four generations gathered in an old room round the back of the bar. I was chatting away to [...]
I do not actually know the answer to this question, posed by Sunder Katwala on the basis of a line in a Benedict Brogan post, so it does not yet qualify as number 517 in my “illuminating“ series.
Katwala does a brilliant job of tracing Blair’s pretended interest in AV Plus, or AV Top-Up, the compromise system [...]
So now there’s a four-way split on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, MPC. A bit like the proverbial swan, the serenity of monetary policy and interest rates left constant for a year or more disguises the furious paddling rows beneath the surface. Never before has the Committee been so split. And yet, these [...]
It is an old device, but a good one, and Francis Beckett seems to have put together a fine collection of essays for a book on a variation of the theme, The Prime Ministers Who Never Were, to be published next month:
Austen Chamberlain Stephen Bates
J. R. Clynes Phil Woolas
Lord Halifax Hugh Purcell
Oswald Mosley [...]
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