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Newly released papers reveal a startling lack of unity in Government circles over how to respond to the 1982 Argentine invasion

Tory rebels back Ken Clarke in first challenge to Hague

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.

Hurdles to Overcome

ONE REASON Tony Blair and almost everyone is anxious to resolve the issues of arms decommissioning and forming a new executive in the course of this week is that Northern Ireland faces a daunting timetable over the next few months.

Heath attacks Hague on EU

WILLIAM HAGUE came under fresh fire from his own side last night as Sir Edward Heath accused him of talking "nonsense" over the EU Commission crisis.

Mowlam says deal is `hair's breadth away'

MO MOWLAM, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said yesterday in Washington thatNorthern Ireland was "a hair's breadth away" from a deal that would unblock progress on a new executive for the province.

Letter: No Ordinary murder

Sir: The appalling murder of Rosemary Nelson is intended to wreck the Good Friday agreement and capitalises on the current delay in putting it into action.

Leading Article: Come on, Mr Blair: call a referendum on the euro now

TONY BLAIR said last week that his Government intended to join the single European currency provided that the conditions were right. Fudge and mudge, as David Owen once famously said. "Both intention and conditions are genuine," the Prime Minister declared. But this is simply not true. The intention is genuine, but the conditions are stuff and nonsense. It has been plain since long before he became Prime Minister both that Mr Blair would like Britain to join the euro, and that he began tiptoeing flat out towards that aim the moment he entered Downing Street.

People and Business: Identity change

THE INTERNATIONAL Securities Market Association has lined up its usual list of high profile speakers for its AGM in Stockholm in May, including Chris Patten, former governor of Hong Kong, and Brownyn Curtis, head of economics at Nomura.

What this Government needs is a whole lot more of Tony's cronies

SINCE THE election, one Tory attack on the government has hit home. Utter the two dreaded words "Tony's cronies" and ministers shiver, Tories cheer, and journalists exchange knowing nods. To the left of us, to the right of us and down the middle Tony's mates are meant to be everywhere.

Law: Day of the public is here

Britain's top campaigning lawyer is determined to make a difference

The year in question

Has Christmas Day wiped out all your memories of the past year? Let Christopher Hawtree rekindle them with this fiendish test

Books: Heroes and villains of 1998

After a hyperactive year in books, The Literator is seeing stars - and turkeys

At last, good old anger is back with us

THE SHOCK is almost too much. On Wednesday afternoon, after a long period of the most anodyne politics I can recall in this country, normal service was suddenly resumed. A senior government minister took a decision that outraged the Leader of the Opposition, sent Baroness Thatcher into near-apoplexy and infuriated headline writers in what we used fondly to call "the Tory press". They all raged impotently but there was nothing they could do - short of hiring a helicopter and organising an Entebbe- style raid on Virginia Water, which would surely give pause even to Lady Thatcher - to prevent General Augusto Pinochet, late of the 1st Torturers, Santiago Division, being hauled before Belmarsh magistrates' court on Friday afternoon.

Memo to Mr Blair: Europe could turn you into the new John Major

The early Major days are the most forgotten in recent politics, a heady time with record-breaking poll ratings

Patten may see Stalker Report

THE FORMER Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten indicated last night that he has been given clearance to examine highly sensitive documents concerning the RUC, including the unpublished Stalker Report into the so-called "shoot to kill" incidents in which six people were killed by police in the early 1980s.

Podium: Peace will be found in Ulster

George Mitchell
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