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Tom Brown: The last straw Brown grasps will be in Fife, not Manchester

THE unexpected theme song for this year's Labour conference is 'Stand By Your Man'. Watch for those, including Cabinet ministers, who sing through gritted teeth those immortal words of Tammy Wynette: "You'll forgive him, even though he's hard to understand."

Tom Brown - The first victims of the class war are the innocents

THE class war is over, Tony Blair declared nine years ago. Like so many Tony-isms, it was a grand claim but not quite true. Class still bedevils divided Britain, but it now has a new smug, self-satisfied face.

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Tom Brown: True test of national identity is what you feel

There is much the English could do to foster our togetherness

Tom Brown: It's time to genetically modify the royals out of existence

Those MPs who want to dispense with the oath should be encouraged

Tom Brown: ITV could do the public a service and scrap the freak shows

THE one-eyed monster squats sulking in the corner of the room – ultra-tech, hi-def, digital, cinemascopic, stereophonic, with 300 channels. Why is it so sullen? Because it has nothing worth showing me. Saturday night used to be The Big Night on TV, but I am reading a book with the Proms on the radio in the background. The next thing that warrants the effort of switching on the all-singing, all-dancing telly is the Olympics at 2am, by which time the Speyside sleeping draught will have kicked in.

Tom Brown - Solution to world hunger is staring us in our fat faces: stovies

STRANGE how those TV chefs' programmes and columns lovingly describing recipes and restaurants do not provoke the obvious effect, tastebuds remain untingled, not a drop of salivation, no dash to see what gourmet delicacies lurk in the fridge. Yet one report had me positively drooling – Rod Stewart's song of praise to stovies at Dundee United.

Tom Brown - Double blow to Brown's hopes

JUST when Gordon Brown thought things could not get any worse, they have – at the double. The embarrassing downfall of his protégé Wendy Alexander will be seen as another personal blow for the Prime Minister.

Tom Brown - Sorry Gordon, it's my fault your personality is under attack

THE Henley voters certainly know how to send a message to Downing Street in democratic fashion. The real humiliation is not that Labour came fifth or lost their deposit – but that they trailed in behind the BNP, which just should not happen.

Tom Brown: Why do we feel so bad when we've never had it so good?

LORENZ Hart, who knew a thing or two about being miserable, wrote a lyric that strikes a chord today: "Very glad to be unhappy…" Seventy years later, it could be the theme song for our times – as Scots MP Tom Harris has sadly found out.

Tom Brown: The amount I pay in tax is obscene. I should fork out more

HERE'S a challenge to the Prime Minister: Come on, Gordon, hit me! Use that big clunking fist and thump me where it hurts – in my wallet. If you are the man I think you are, you should be causing a little more pain to me and everybody else who is comfortably off. And you should really be socking it to the super-rich who became obscenely wealthy under your regime as Chancellor.

Tom Brown: This stubborn Fifer won't quit – but he must change

'THRAWN is a grand old Scottish word that applies particularly to my fellow Fifers. The Scottish National Dictionary defines it as "perverse, obstinate, intractable, cross, in a dour sullen mood". Remind you of anyone?

Tom Brown: What if... the Labour rebels had forced a general election?

A new political get-out has been born: synchronised blinking

Tom Brown: After a 20-year party it's time to wake up and feel the hangover

EVERYONE remembers Gordon Gekko's rant in the film Wall Street: "Greed – for lack of a better word – is good…" But most forget how it goes on as a perverse paean of praise for selfishness and avarice: "Greed is right. Greed works. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind."

Tom Brown: What Mrs Thatcher and Co could teach Gordon Brown

LIKE some undead Hammer Horror monster, the myth of Maggie returns to haunt us. The devoted disciples of the Thatcher cult want her back in power – in spirit if not in person.

Tom Brown: God – or whatever – save us from pious politicians

WHAT is the difference between Ben Elton and Tony Blair? Answer: Elton should be able to use religion – all religion, including Muslim – in his comedy routines; but Blair should steer clear of the queasy combination of religion and politics.

Tom Brown - Hey, screechers! Leave them kids alone

ONCE upon a time, in the dim and distant days of my youth, one of the most effective forms of discipline was a 'scud on the lug' or a well-polished constabulary boot up the bum from the bobby on the beat.

Tom Brown: Brown and Cameron must learn lessons of US elections

DESPITE the Hollywood-style hoo-ha, the millions of dollars spent on image-building and the scandalous mudslinging, there is an underlying message from the US presidential hustings: "It isn't just about personalities, stupid."

By Tom Brown: Face facts – our children know burger all about Scots history

FROM all our yesterdays we learn about today and how to change tomorrow. So it is a fundamental failure of our much-vaunted education system that so many young Scots are officially ignorant of our nation's history.

Tom Brown: The man's a Unionist man for a' that the SNP might claim

THIS chiel canna be dinged: Burns consistently declared himself British

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