‘I guess I’m just an old-fashioned person’: a potted history of Bill Clinton’s disastrous book tour

President-turned-thriller-writer Bill Clinton has put his foot firmly in his mouth as he seeks to promote his novel, The President is Missing. He has repeatedly misspoke when asked the inevitable questions about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky which overshadowed his time in the White House.  Even when the conversation moves away from that topic, Clinton…

Bill Clinton says he does not owe Monica Lewinsky an apology 

Bill Clinton has said he does not owe Monica Lewinsky an apology. Mr Clinton bristled when asked about his relationship with the former White House intern more than two decades ago. The former US president, who was promoting a new book, told US television: «I dealt with it 20 years ago, plus. And the American people,…

Bill Clinton’s first novel The President is Missing, review: ‘More Jack Bauer than John Le Carré’

A maverick Commander-In-Chief, facing down impeachment charges and a baying media, puts his Presidency on the line to save humanity from impending disaster. Reading the President Is Missing, a high-octane collaboration between ex-Oval Office custodian Bill Clinton and bestseller conveyor belt James Patterson, it’s hard not to leap to the conclusion that the authors may…

White House Correspondents Dinners through the years: the funniest, most controversial jokes

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner takes place this Saturday (April 28), but for the second year running the expected guest of honour – two-time Emmy nominee, former steak salesman and current United States President Donald Trump – will not be present. The last fifteen presidents all attended at least one of the annual dinners, which have…

Irish paper criticised for ‘airbrushing’ Mo Mowlam from peace process

Harriet Harman has criticised one of Ireland’s leading quality newspapers after it appeared to airbrush women out of the history of the country’s peace process. The Sunday Business Post Magazine illustrated a feature about the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement with portrait shots of six men on its front page last weekend. The cover picture, which included…

Devil with the Blue Dress at The Bunker, review — Monica Lewinsky drama relives moments of real-life anguish

Armento doesn’t give us Clinton’s perspective per se – whenever he speaks, his words are relayed via a female voice, complete with droll impersonation. Instead this is a piece, fluid and jazz-like in its approach (with a wryly insinuating off-stage saxophone accompaniment from Tashomi Balfour), for five actresses, with each one taking the main ‘roles’…

The Old Bell, Harrogate, N Yorks, pub review

Established in 1786, The Old Bell offers a convenient alternative to the liquid that made Harrogate’s fortune at much the same time. Just across the road is the pump room, where the decayed and dissolute were able to take on board a restorative draught from the town’s sulphur spring, accurately likened by Bertie Wooster to…

America’s gun problem: does the answer lie with Wall Street?

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a ban on semi-automatic assault-style weapons into law. Eight weeks later the Democrats were out of office and pro-gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), claimed it as a scalp. A decade later Congress let the ban lapse. Twitter is littered with the use of “#1994” – a…

Davos: 9 memorable moments from the World Economic Forum’s history

The annual World Economic Forum, hosted in the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos, kicks off this week with government heads such as Donald Trump, Narendra Modi and Theresa May in attendance. German-born Klaus Schwab, a former professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva, conceived the idea of the WEF back in 1971. Below, we take a…

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