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Matthew Norman



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Cameron's deranged claims on Afghanistan

For reasons of both political expediency and courtesy towards his military hosts, David Cameron could not say what he would say in private if you tied him down and injected him with a truth drug...

Bibi makes Israel's isolation very explicit

He was scared of being booed in the stadium by those who remember that Israel was the apartheid regime's last and doughtiest friend in the developed world....

Murray can still teach Miliband a thing or two

There was a time when a tennis player could pick up a barony by donating to Labour funds during a game with Tony Blair and his doubles partner Lord Levy. Could there be a more grotesque insult to Murray than linking him by title with those expertly grifted on Levy's Totteridge court? ...

Cameron has put himself into a tailspin

For the latest and weirdest Conservative dive into a Euro-anarchic tailspin, there are no words....

A nuclear tragedy that plays out as a comedy

Inappropriate Mirth Syndrome is a pernicious condition. If you happen to be immune to it, please accept that there is nothing remotely funny about being driven from the funeral of a much-loved grandmother by an inexplicable giggling fit...

The US, not Europe, is the enemy of rights

In any other week, this column would be forced to begin with a personal appeal to Barack Obama, modelled on the Skibbereen Eagle’s legendary warning to the Tsar of Russia, concerning American justice. This particular week, however, the President must be spared to focus on an arguably weightier leg...

The paradox of our obsession with long life

IN shock medical news from the United States, people have been dying again. They will do it. You can warn them not to until you are blue in the face from dying yourself, but will they listen? The dead in question are the 24,000 souls who vacated this world during a 30-year Harvard study of 120,000 s...



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