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Press "Play" and stand well back: RR+P's 1981 debut is still strong stuff, with a level of energy and experiment that shames today's boho fringe.

Call to end 'cruel uncertainty' over assisted suicide

Parliament is being urged to end the "cruel" uncertainty over the law on assisted suicide after multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy today lost her Court of Appeal bid to clarify it.

Kenya's Hip Hop Parliament: Where the MCs challenge MPs

From the rooftop of Ghetto Radio high above the streets of downtown Nairobi the view is deceptively peaceful. The pitch battles that rang out among these same neighbourhoods a year ago after a disputed election have calmed but the deeper tensions they exposed remain.

Scottish budget rejected in knife-edge vote

The Scottish Government's £33 billion budget was tonight rejected by the Scottish Parliament after a knife-edge vote.

Album: Various artists, The Original Eight Mile, (Westbound)

Psychedelic wig-outs from the vaults of Detroit's Westbound Records, which was established in 1968.

What did you Puritans ever do for us, Oliver?

Well, there's sexual liberation, personal hygiene, press freedom... On the eve of a new drama about Cromwell and the English Revolution, its writer Peter Flannery tells Lucy Powell we've got the Roundheads all wrong

Album: XX Teens, Welcome to Goon Island (Mute)

XX Teens are an indie rock quintet whose debut LP is so full of half-formed ideas that you want to tell them to go away, have a long think and come back when they're ready.

Double blow to Brown in Scotland after Wendy Alexander resigns

Gordon Brown faces a troubled summer struggling to retain authority in his own heartland after he failed in a last-ditch attempt to prevent his leader in Scotland resigning.

Parliament has been castrated, says Clegg

Parliament has been castrated and is virtually powerless to influence government decisions, Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, has declared.

Simon Carr: Things can get quite exciting in Parliament, but you wouldn't know it most of the time

The world is still interested – fascinated, even – when something actually happens in the Commons

House music: Tony Benn's debut solo album

Political firebrand Tony Benn is about to mount an assault on the pop charts – in the debut solo album of Mull Historical Society's Colin MacIntyre

'We will clean up Parliament from within,' says Cameron

Opposition leader vows to get tough on MPs' expenses, but admits his party has been part of the problem

Leading article: The courage to right a historic wrong

Politicians who match their words to their deeds are hardly ten a penny these days. And, even when they do appear on our horizon, their words and deeds are all too often designed to court cheap popularity. So it is heartening to find a recently-elected leader who is so quickly and determinedly putting his campaign pledges into practice, even those that may not have appealed to every voter. Step forward Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia.

Legal Opinion: Time for the abolition of the workhouse and the bawdy house?

Some laws have been used just once in 200 years. Others have simply outlived their usefulness. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, looks at plans to tidy up the statute-book

Abramovich poised to buy stake in Russia's biggest steel maker

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, was locked in negotiations last night over taking a stake of up to 40 per cent in Russia's biggest steel maker, Evraz Group, for more than £1.5bn.

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