News archive from 17 January 2011

Alastair Campbell diaries: Diana's funeral prompted Charles safety fears

Alastair Campbell diaries: Diana's funeral prompted Charles safety fears

St James's Palace feared that the Prince of Wales would be attacked by members of the public on the way to Diana's funeral in September 1997 unless his sons accompanied him as he walked behind her coffin, Alastair Campbell writes in his diaries...

Guardian, 22:00 in Politics
 
Alastair Campbell diaries: Diana's funeral and Gordon Brown's 'psychological flaws'

Alastair Campbell diaries: Diana's funeral and Gordon Brown's 'psychological flaws'

Campbell on ... the royalsWednesday 3 September 1997 Three days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Peter [Mandelson] called from the US to try to get to the funeral "as a personal friend". He also called Mark Bolland [deputy...

Guardian, 22:01 in Politics
 
Simon Hughes confuses by holding talks with Labour over EMA cut motion

Simon Hughes confuses by holding talks with Labour over EMA cut motion

The Liberal Democrats sent conflicting signals over their approach to the coalition today, when the party's deputy leader confirmed he was holding discussions with the Labour party about a Commons motion criticising a government spending cut. Simon...

Guardian, 22:01 in Politics
 
Rafael da Silva's red card was 'harsh', says Spurs' Harry Redknapp

Rafael da Silva's red card was 'harsh', says Spurs' Harry Redknapp

Sir Alex Ferguson fumed at the referee Mike Dean for his decision to send off Rafael da Silva for a second bookable offence but the Manchester United manager could be cheered by his team's resilience in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, which carried...

Guardian, 22:01 in Sport
 
The death of rock | Sam Leith

The death of rock | Sam Leith

So Neil Young was wrong. "Rock and roll will never die," the whiny-voiced old coot told us, and we believed him. But now along comes Paul Gambaccini, the self-styled "Professor of Pop", to announce that, since only three rock songs...

 
Wills'n'Kate: the comic book

Wills'n'Kate: the comic book

'I think you could definitely go down the pub with William and Kate," says Rich Johnston, who has spent the last three months reading every article he could find about the couple's lives, as research for a comic book that will, he says,...

 
Tony Blair: 'psychological flaws' was brutal truth about Gordon Brown

Tony Blair: 'psychological flaws' was brutal truth about Gordon Brown

Tony Blair had been in power for barely a year when Britain was given a taste of a bitter feud between the two neighbours in Downing Street. On 18 January 1998 Andrew Rawnsley wrote in his Observer column that a close Blair ally had told him that the...

Guardian, 22:12 in Politics
 

The Tory embrace may well split the Lib Dems in two | Jackie Ashley

How many parties are the Liberal Democrats? They know it's a real question. You can hear the anxiety in their voices as Nick Clegg, Simon Hughes and others insist they are staying together, staying true, staying put. If it was so certain they wouldn't...

Guardian, 22:12 in Politics
 
Shane Watson's hundred helps Australia stun England at the MCG

Shane Watson's hundred helps Australia stun England at the MCG

Shane Watson played one of the great one‑day innings here, but his mind was on the floods that have devastated his native Ipswich, in Queensland. After scoring an unbeaten 161 to give Australia a 1-0 lead in their seven-match series against England,...

Guardian, 22:14 in Sport
 
Swimming coach Nuala Muir-Cochrane on Amphibians

Swimming coach Nuala Muir-Cochrane on Amphibians

I found this play very moving. It's about two former Olympic swimmers, Max and Elsa, who are looking back to when they were teenagers, at the height of their professional training. It's performed in a disused Victorian swimming baths, underneath what...

 
West Ham fight to keep Martin O'Neill in their plans

West Ham fight to keep Martin O'Neill in their plans

West Ham United were tonight trying to keep alive their hopes of landing Martin O'Neill as their new manager after it emerged the Northern Irishman is understood to have been unimpressed with reports yesterday morning claiming he would be named as...

Guardian, 22:33 in Sport
 

Sudan opposition threatens protests over price hikes

The price increases have sparked student protests in the country's northern agricultural heartland. "We demand the sacking of the finance minister who was not honest in his budget presentation and dismantling of the parliament which passed the...

 
NHS trusts in north-west ban 57 types of surgery

NHS trusts in north-west ban 57 types of surgery

Patients at cash-strapped NHS trusts have been told that they will not be able to have 57 types of surgery until April, and possibly longer. The restrictions have been imposed by primary care trusts covering Bury, Oldham and Heywood, Middleton and...

Guardian, 22:46 in Health
 
U.S. anger over BP 'getting into bed with KGB' over £5bn Arctic oil deal

U.S. anger over BP 'getting into bed with KGB' over £5bn Arctic oil deal

Shadow justice minister Chris Bryant said the oil giant should be "extremely wary" of becoming embroiled in corruption. "The way Russia works, the state could end up expropriating their [BP"s] assets, which could end up in God...

 
Manchester United need a player like Spurs' Luka Modric | David Hytner

Manchester United need a player like Spurs' Luka Modric | David Hytner

Sir Alex Ferguson always wanted to know one thing from Harry Redknapp when his old friend was in charge at West Ham United. "How's Joe?" the Manchester United manager would ask. As in Joe Cole, who, at the time, was the hottest young talent...

Guardian, 23:07 in Sport
 


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