Some good news for a change: that nasty little racist toad Norris McWhirter has finally shuffled off this mortal coil. Predictably, the obituaries all either play down or omit all mention of his support for apartheid. And it seems his twin brother, shot dead by the IRA in 1975, is now a martyr to anti-terrorism, rather than a rabid Nazi toerag who deserved everything he got.

And while we're on the subject of bourgeois vampires getting their just deserts, the chief executive of McDonald's has dropped dead from a heart attack. Proof that if God exists, He has a highly developed sense of irony.