William Hague

On the wall of William Hague's office in Smith Square hangs a large oil painting of some friendly-looking sheep. It's by Mackenzie Thorpe, a Yorkshire artist who found national fame in 1998 when the Hagues reproduced one of his canvases on their Christmas card. 'Everyone psychoanalysed the dark clouds in it,' Hague recalls with that weirdly hypnotic loud-quiet, long-short, flat-vowelled speech pattern of his. 'They said it meant I was depressed. But I think if you like something you have to stick Read more [...]

Jeffrey Archer

The lift glides to a halt at the penthouse suite on the 13th floor. A butler leads the way along a panelled corridor and into a spacious, glass-walled living-room. Lord Archer is standing in a rhombus of sunlight, his back to the glinting spires of Westminster. He raises his right hand, palm flat, and barks: 'Stop!' My first thought is that he has gone mad. Actually nuts. He doesn't like to talk about it, but he used to be a policeman, spent five months in the Met before resigning in 1960. Now Read more [...]