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Patten accused of `ghastly blunder' over RUC report

THE PATTEN Commission produced a blueprint yesterday to transform the Royal Ulster Constabulary into a renamed force with many more Catholic officers and a new ethos based on human rights and community policing.

Patten Report: Quotes

"If this is not the way forward, then I simply do not know what is"

Why inflict pointless wounds on Ulster's Protestants?

Edwards RUC officers face a future in which people they know to be terrorists become their colleagues

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LET ME first admit to a certain bias. I know Chris Patten well. For three years in Hong Kong I watched his every political move, interviewed him on countless occasions and developed a healthy respect for his skills as a politician. More importantly I knew him as a man with courage and integrity and - critically in the matter of Northern Ireland - a man who was fair. If the Chinese didn't like him it was because they would have preferred a supine Governor, a man who placed diplomatic convenience above conviction. That has never been Patten's style. He reminded me of the lines from Graham Greene's The Quiet American: "No man ever had better motives for all the trouble he caused."

RUC `should be cut by 5,000 officers'

THE PATTEN report will recommend this morning that the Royal Ulster Constabulary be renamed the Northern Ireland Police Service, and will make scores of proposals designed to change the face of policing for the new millennium.

Reforming The RUC: What The Report Will Recommend

THE PATTEN report will recommend this morning that the Royal Ulster Constabulary be renamed the Northern Ireland Police Service, and will make scores of proposals designed to change the face of policing in the province.

WORDS: Humorous

CHRIS PATTEN'S responses to a gentle grilling by MEPs last week were described by a BBC reporter as "humorous but blunt". I hadn't heard his performance, and the reporter didn't say why he thought it was humorous, but I supposed there must have been some jokes in it. I must say I don't mind having missed them. This is not because of any dislike I may have for Mr Patten. It's just that humorous remarks, as I understand the word, are not always funny. If we had been told that Mr Patten had been witty, or entertaining, or amusing, it would have been a different matter.

Prodi forces Euro MPs to back down

EURO-MPS DREW back from the brink of a clash with Romano Prodi, the incoming European Commission president, withdrawing threats to hold his team on probation and scaling back attacks on one of the most vulnerable members of his line-up.

Gifts from Ashcroft may be banned

FUTURE donations to the Conservatives by their party Treasurer, Michael Ashcroft, could be made illegal under proposals to be put before Parliament this week. Backbench Labour MPs are drawing up plans to force through legislation which would ban gifts from "foreign governments and their representatives" as part of the forthcoming shake-up of the law governing the funding of political parties.

`RUC informer killed Finucane'

THE SENSATIONAL revelation in a Belfast courtroom yesterday that a man charged with murdering the Catholic solicitor Pat Finucane was a Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch informer sent shockwaves through policing and political circles.

Lib Dems The Contenders

Charles Kennedy: Ross, Skye and Inverness West MP. Elected at 24 in 1983. Favoured by Tony Blair. Telegenic, but accused of lacking grip on policy detail. Seen as lightweight after Call My Bluff TV appearance. Odds: 4-5

Prime Minister draws up battle plans for the looming euro war

THE PROJECT is dead! Long live the Project! Within hours of the inconclusive election results in Scotland premature obituarists declared Tony Blair's worst fears had been realised: proportional representation does not work, coalitions are a nightmare, New Labour should be allowed to get on with it and rule alone at Westminster.

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WILLIAM HAGUE faces the first direct challenge to his authority as Conservative Party leader with the publication of a European election leaflet urging Tory supporters to choose between him and Kenneth Clarke.
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