Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan is a freelance writer specialising in industrial and social policy, impacting on society. His work has also covered environmental areas relating to transport and sustainable living

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Mandelson in a Disney about his Dome

Peter Mandelson's opponents may have dismissed his Millennium Dome as a Mickey Mouse experiment, but now it is official: the Minister without Portfolio is off to Disneyworld, Florida, to seek ideas to salvage his much-criticised pet project.

The families no one wants

The law that allows travellers no rest is a heartless one, they tell Paul Donovan

Traveller convoy on move again

A convoy of 30 travellers' vehicles was on the move again last night after police moved it out of a lay-by on the A1, just north of the village of Elksley in Nottinghamshire.

Law: Still no answer to the riddle of appeals

Six months after the Criminal Cases Review Commission was set up, doubts remain over how it decides which ones should go to the Court of Appeal, says Paul Donovan.

Police chief urges bill of rights

One of the country's most senior police officers has criticised Britain as a secret, unaccountable society whose people remain subjects rather than citizens.

Tough on liberty

Has Labour changed sides on law and order? Some believe that in power, it could find itself accused of breaking the European Convention on Human Rights. Paul Donovan says the party appears only to listen to a select few, alienating the young in the process

Party poopers lose the fun vote

There is unlikely to be much party fun on the agenda after the next election whether Labour or the Conservatives win, according to a survey published today by the style magazine EatSoup.

Illegal exports threaten bird life

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds yesterday urged the Government to stop a burgeoning trade in wild bird exports to Malta and Europe.

Hidden evidence

Victims' families are increasingly concerned about the rules for disclosure of evidence, says Paul Donovan

Letter: Shops kept warm by air curtains

Sir: David Nowell (letter, 2 January) condemns the fact that retailers appear to be "wasting large amounts of energy" by leaving shop doors open in sub-zero temperatures.
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