Oscar Pistorius was such a charmer that, in his company, it always took a long while to move beneath the beguilingly smooth surface to reach somewhere different and more complex.
Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show.
The Paralympics inspired thousands of Britons to decide that having a disability was no barrier to sport as they cheered on David Weir, Ellie Simmonds and other stars of the Games.
Ministers should expect to be booed at the Paralympics given the strength of feeling about the economy and cuts in services for disabled people, according to Games spectators.
When Oscar Pistorius kneels in the starting blocks for the Paralympic sprints next week, he may feel a sense of deja-vu.
Savage cuts to social benefits have shredded the welfare "safety net" and left many disabled families in a "struggle for survival", according to a detailed study of the impact of the government's austerity programme.
Thousands of vulnerable victims of persistent antisocial behaviour, including many who are disabled, are still "slipping through the net", the chief inspector of constabulary has warned.