• Yet in many ways, the government is more constrained than the daunting parliamentary arithmetic and the wretchedness of the Tories imply.

    ECONOMIST: Bagehot

  • Many of them display their unlovely genitalia to the camera, for no reason except, presumably, to emphasise their disgusting wretchedness and degradation.

    ECONOMIST: A shocking Russian photographer

  • That might tempt more Indians to leave the wretchedness of the reserves.

    ECONOMIST: Canada

  • The wretchedness of its foreshortened life was left to the imagination.

    ECONOMIST: The right to eat cats and dogs is under threat

  • In sum, the wretchedness of Palestinian life, say the Israelis around Mr Sharon, is wholly due to the violence which they continue to direct against Israel and Israelis.

    ECONOMIST: Palestine

  • Although less palatial than, say, the British ambassador's residence, many might find it opulent for the head of an outfit that aims to help the billion-odd who live in rural wretchedness.

    ECONOMIST: Hard questions for a poverty-buster

  • Like Clement Attlee, he worked after university at Toynbee Hall, a university foundation in London's East End, where he was able to see the wretchedness of the poor at first hand and to be shocked by it.

    ECONOMIST: In Sir William’s shadow

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