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All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014

Peregrine Worsthorne’s dealings with leaders of the free world, as a journalist, as a friend, and as a little boy running in the hallway

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Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014

Everything that’s wrong with France is worse here

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

How Cameron could make the EU a winning issue (and why he won’t)

25 October 2014

No, I don’t really think he’ll campaign for withdrawal. But that doesn’t make Eurosceptics’ options any less clear

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It’s time to shave that beard: the decade of the hipster is over

25 October 2014

Fashion cults are nothing new, but this one was exceptionally silly and unoriginal

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Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

25 October 2014

I don’t care how local councils are arranged. I just want people in England to know where they live

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Discover the blissful peace of Laos

25 October 2014

I’ve never been a friendlier, more relaxing place than Luang Prabang

Beauty in ruins: the Temple of Isis on Delos

Visiting the Greek islands in a reverse Tardis

25 October 2014

I was a cruise sceptic – and I felt guilty in Venice lagoon – but I wasn’t expecting what I found on board

Jumbo-sized: the first of the Big Five makes an appearance

It takes an elephant to get my teenage son up early

25 October 2014

Or a lion, a zebra or some impala…

Sea change: the old fishing town of Warnemünde has been transformed into an affluent resort

A voyage along my grandfather’s coastline

25 October 2014

The subtle joys of the eastern Baltic

Riverside artwork: Jean-Luc Courcoult’s ‘La Maison dans la Loire’

Eight of the best river cruises

25 October 2014

From concerts on the Rhine to temples on the Chindwin

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Saratoga Springs: the opposite of a one-horse town

25 October 2014

Spa charm and racing thrills a train ride from New York City

‘A home for fallen buildings’: Portmeirion

Why I'll never want to escape Portmeirion

25 October 2014

I'm tired of London, but I'll never tire of this strange little place

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How to fix the NHS: a doctor's prescription

18 October 2014

Competition – and ideology – isn't working

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Meet the bloated, useless General Medical Council

18 October 2014

It used to be little more than a clerk and a disciplinary committee; now it's a nest of power-hungry bureaucrats

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Why the West will surrender in its new cold war with Russia

18 October 2014

Sanctions over Ukraine hurt Germany and France far more than anyone else – Moscow included

Shrien Dewani Murder Trial Begins

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

18 October 2014

First Oscar Pistorius, then Shrien Dewani: at dinner parties, talk has been of little else for months

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Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014

Or does he just want more people talking about Jonathan Powell?

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Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

18 October 2014

The eco-comrades have experimented with a series of bizarre policies

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Why it won’t be Ukip’s fault if Cameron loses

18 October 2014

Lord Pearson, Ukip’s former leader, on the deal that might have saved the Tories from coalition

Quiet, quaint and understated: Cobblers Cove

Chasing the shadows of slavery in Barbados

18 October 2014

History is never far away, even on the Platinum Coast

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Every 73 seconds, police use snooping powers to access our personal records. Who'll rein them in?

11 October 2014

Anti-terror laws are being used to suck in sensitive data without the traditional protections. It’s journalists now. It could be you next

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Our suicidal newspapers are throwing press freedom away

11 October 2014

The Tory papers seem to want their own human rights abolished. The leftist ones cheer when journalists are arrested. Does their civil war matter more to them than their civil liberties?

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The unbearable vanity of Kevin Pietersen

11 October 2014

His latest autobiography is a self-portrait as a wronged genius

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The US military does everything – except win wars

11 October 2014

These feelgood humanitarian missions suggest that money’s being spent in the wrong place —and that we’re not facing up to failure in the Middle East

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I’ve spent years in war zones. And the most terrifying moment of my life just happened in Norfolk

11 October 2014

The English bull terriers had come flying toward us like calf-high missiles