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Boris Johnson couldn’t bag a top job for Carrie but nepotism in politics is doing nicely

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Not least because of the exceptional effort that went into suppressing the story, it’s looking increasingly likely that the prime minister has, as alleged, been moonlighting – with mixed success – as Carrie Johnson’s ...

Of course theatre critics should speak their mind, but not with cheap shots

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Remaining evening performances of Legally Blonde, showing at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, are, at the time of writing, sold out. While terrific for the production, this does limit opportunities for theatregoers...

The royal kids are now part of the show. But is it healthy to make such a spectacle of them?

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With the Queen absent and her immediate heirs scarcely a novelty, Britain’s child royals emerged as a precious asset over the jubilee – and were still generating loyal clicks and content days after being temporarily d...

What did Depp v Heard teach us? That justice and reality TV are incompatible

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Asked on CBS about losing Depp v Heard, Amber Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, put much of the blame on the courtroom cameras and the brutal atmosphere they generated. “It was like a Roman colosseum.” Actually, for t...

I pray in vain for wisdom amid the platitudes of Thought for the Day

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Immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine the BBC recognised that something extra meaningful would be required from its daily religious slot, Thought for the Day. No offence to its regular Thinkers, the meek being bles...

Israel’s Naftali Bennett loses majority after MP quits coalition

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A key member of Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party has quit the Israeli coalition government after a row about unleavened bread during Passover, in a surprise move that leaves the prime minister without a parliamentary ma...

If you can’t see the problem with Andrew, ma’am, perhaps it’s time to hang up the crown

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It’s six weeks since Prince Andrew settled out of court with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, for a sum estimated at £12m. Cheap at the price, it was suggested, if the money (source unexplained) prevented sexual assault...

How to make omelette Arnold Bennett – recipe

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A brunch classic that deserves to be better known, much like the early 20th-century novelist it’s named after. Though Bennett himself seems to have enjoyed the dish as a post-theatre supper, this silky, smoky tangle o...

It’s possible Evgeny Lebedev’s only crime is absurdity. Perhaps his editors could let us know

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‘I am not some agent of Russia,” wrote a pained Evgeny Lebedev in one of the newspapers he owns with his father, Alexander, the former Russian spy. “I am not a security risk to this country, which I love.” And for onc...

John Bercow is rightly damned as a bully and liar. But he was not alone in the Commons

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One of John Bercow’s unfortunate subordinates, recalling how “spectacularly” the former Commons Speaker lost his temper, compared the transformation to “Jekyll and Hyde”. Although Bercow has objected to her account (“...

Covid becoming endemic doesn’t mean it will be mild – or that there won’t be new variants

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We have experienced many bumps in the road since 2020 and one would have to be extremely brave to predict what the pandemic may throw at us next. But, in terms of the endgame, many experts believe Covid will eventuall...

Grilled by ‘girly swots’: what poetic justice for a man as misogynistic as Boris Johnson

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“Just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way.” When, as rarely happens, Boris Johnson is forced to cooperate with women in authority, it may help that, as he’s occasionally mentioned, he possesses a fair few in...

Jana Bennett obituary

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Jana Bennett, who has died aged 66 of brain cancer, was the first woman appointed as director of television at the BBC, and its first director of vision, with responsibility for the corporation’s entire output, across...

What luck for the royals that next to the Tory party they look like paragons of virtue

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Whatever the damage to his party, his country and dependent relations – should the crowdfunding start now? – the premiership of Boris Johnson increasingly looks, for the royal family, like an unprecedented blessing. I...

UK as a leader in animal welfare? Well, some animals are more equal than others

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With a zillion images of themselves to choose from, many taken by a reverent state photographer, Boris and Carrie Johnson used a picture of their dog, Dilyn, for their recent Christmas card. If unlikely to appeal to t...

Lighten up the satire? That’s a tall order when life is out-crazying the most vivid fiction

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In 1944, George Orwell got a letter from TS Eliot, a director at Faber, rejecting his political satire, Animal Farm. There were several reasons. First, it was not the right time. Also, said the creator of The Waste La...

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