Harold Wilson

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There are new challenges for the Queen. The World is Changing, something which is ever surprising to people in period dramas.

The Crown is back on Netflix. The first two series covered our hero’s rise from a plucky underdog engaged in backstreet underground Queening contests (...)

Boris Johnson: even the faux-familiar Tony Blair would have baulked at the British PM’s 12 Questions video

Oh God, save us from UK prime ministers trying to be men or women of the people. Harold Wilson did this better than most. Although he smoked cigars i(...)

New Zealand manager Danny Hay: he travels to Dublin with a number of impressive young players, including Ryan Thomas, Liberato Cacace and the excellent Sarprett Singh.  Photograph: Getty Images

Last November when New Zealand visited Lansdowne Road to play an autumn rugby international the sold-out signs were up months in advance despite price(...)

Comedian David Mitchell has just published his latest collection of Observer columns, Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy.

David Mitchell has some strong opinions. “Sorry about going off on one about various things,” he says at the end of our interview. I don’t mind. It’s (...)

How The Irish Times reported the day’s events the following morning

Belfast is deserted and extremely tense. Scenes of devastation are everywhere to be seen. Every conceivable object has been used to erect barricades. (...)

How The IrishTimes reported the day’s events the following morning.

British troops, having been deployed in Belfast for the first time yesterday, are attracting criticism for being unable to prevent large-scale destruc(...)

 British army troops dismantle a barricade on Lucknow Street in the wake of conflict that arose after the Battle of the Bogside, in Belfast. Photograph:  Independent News and Media/Getty Images

On August 14th, 1969, the army arrived in Northern Ireland. Newsreel footage shows 300 soldiers disembarking in Derry and lining up on the city’s quay(...)

How The Irish Times reported the day’s events the following morning.

Six people are killed as battles rage throughout Northern Ireland. Violence spreads from the epicentre of Derry to other towns and cities including Be(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: playing with fire on sterling. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images

“People who bet against Britain,” Boris Johnson said after becoming prime minister, “will lose their shirts.” Markets think otherwise, as evidenced (...)

Gareth Southgate: this looks a decent England team with decent individuals led by a patently decent manager. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The England senior men’s football team is two matches away from winning a first international tournament since the 1966 World Cup. Beat the Netherland(...)

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