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From Gavin Esler:

The Kent job

Bigger than the Italian Job, the robbery in Kent shows that criminals can learn from paramilitaries.

The use of hostages in bomb attacks or robberies became a favoured tactic of the IRA, and other groups, in Northern Ireland over the years.

After the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast, should someone have figured out that similar tactics might be used elsewhere?

The Italian job?

David Mills, the husband of the Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell, has spoken out against accusations that he took a bribe from the Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi.

Mr Mills denied the charges against him and promised to publish a document to deal with the allegations.

David Grossman asks if this is a scandal that could damage the government.

Out of Africa

Here's the cliché in African politics: a leader rises, promises reform, gets himself elected, then just refuses to leave, saying "my country needs a strong man".

And here's another cliché: Western Governments, determined to help the poorest people in the world, pump in money to deserving causes only to find out that corrupt African government officials are taking the money for themselves.

As Ugandans go to the polls we'll be asking why one of Africa's great hopes of recent years seems to be turning nasty.

Folk is cool

If your view of folk music is that it's something played by scruffy blokes wearing Aran sweaters, think again. Folk is officially cool.

Robin Denselow meets a living legend of British folk music - Richard Thompson.

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Gavin


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