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The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Like the Magdalene inquiry, the commission did not support a preferred narrative and this seems to be at the root of much of the criticism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three weeks ago today the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was published and this month marks the eighth anniversary of the publication (...)

‘Radical laws and sharp ruptures from the status quo require either decisive majorities or support from the other side. A divided electorate allows for neither.’

As ever, Tom Wolfe got there first. Readers had expected the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities to “do” Los Angeles or Chicago after his treatment (...)

Donald Trump is  now in his final days in the White House after losing the November election to president-elect Joe Biden. File photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump suffered a stinging rebuke in the US Senate on Friday when fellow Republicans joined Democrats to override a presidential ve(...)

A series of eries of early unpublished letters from WB Yeats to Ethel Veasey, 1883-85- Sothebys.

FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS Please note – as government health restrictions may change – do consult with auction rooms in advance of any in room sales. Most(...)

I thanked Ms Lot and set off for 2022, without a glance back. Photograph: Tooga Productions Inc
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I have a weakness for off-the-cuff political wit. A master, of course, was Winston Churchill. For instance, when an MP blurted angrily, “Mr Churchill,(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on February 11th, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

US president Donald Trump was a teenager when Lyndon Johnson, the 36th US president, signed the bill that helped him become the 45th. The 1965 Immigra(...)

US president Donald Trump removes his face mask at the White House on Monday after returning from the Walter Reed medical centre, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

In May 1998, when HIV was still a deadly virus, Donald Trump discussed the threat of infection with the radio shock jock Howard Stern. Neither man see(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: His advanced age means it is quite likely his running mate may ultimately become president. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

“The primary role of the vice-president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that preside(...)

Deceptively radical? Former US vice-president and now candidate for the presideny Joe Biden. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Soviet Union used to alternate between bald leaders and ones with formidable hair. The US, which is seldom ruled by the smooth of pate, swings aro(...)

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 (...)

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