John Major

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Gerry Adams (from left) and Martin McGuinness with Tony Blair and Jonathan Powell at Westminster in 2007. ‘He deserves to be remembered for the risks he took and the success he achieved in making Northern Ireland a better place.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organ(...)

Martin McGuinness (right) and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the funeral of Patrick Kelly, a reputed IRA commander in East Tyrone shot dead by the SAS in 1987. File photograph: PA Wire

May 23rd, 1950: James Martin Pacelli McGuinness is born in Derry. The city was riven by poverty, unemployment and discrimination. Gerrymandering meant(...)

 Theresa May: The British prime minister’s spokesman would not say if the government would attempt to stop another vote on Scottish independence. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain/Pool

Theresa May’s government has rejected the case for a second referendum on Scottish independence but did not deny reports that Downing Street is prepar(...)

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, on a  visit in 2010 to the Palestinian Legislative Council in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86. Sir Gerald was one of the sharpest and most acerbic (...)

Theresa May: could have got her excuses in early. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

There will be no eleventh-hour conversion or legal intercession. Next month, Theresa May must table article 50 and start Britain’s withdrawal from the(...)

Tony Blair with Noel Gallagher of Oasis at 10 Downing Street in 1997. Against the background rumble of the early Oasis albums, the 1990s was the last time that felt dynamic enough for Britain’s urbanites and familiar enough for its hinterlands. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Whatever it was about liberals that equipped them to steer the last 40 years of world affairs, it was not resilience or a sense of proportion. 2016 ex(...)

 Former prime minister’s John Major and Tony Blair have both commented on the Brexit debate. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images

Former UK prime minister Sir John Major has warned against the exit from the European Union being dictated by the “tyranny of the majority”, insisting(...)

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Jeremy Corbyn cannot recognise Ant and Dec. You snob! Go back to Islington and your Maoist book club. How can you hope to lead the British Labour Par(...)

Major success:  Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the men’s 10,000m final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

John Major has salvaged his reputation through the clever public-relations ruse of sitting around, mainly in The Oval, while history notices his good(...)

David Cameron’s resignation honours list reportedly included peerages for his former director of operations, Liz Sugg (left) and chief of staff Ed Llewellyn (right). Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

There is a place for class prejudice if it is done properly. Resent privileged Conservatives, for instance, but resent them for the right reason. The(...)

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