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SNP accuses minister's aide of inventing death threats

THE SCOTTISH health minister, Susan Deacon, has rejected calls for a statement following allegations that Labour had exaggerated the nature of threats against her by anti-abortionists.

Parliament: The Sketch: A functionary who should stand with Falstaff and Micawber

GERALD KAUFMAN should have been a fictional character. As a real person, his life has not been dull or without achievement; he has written a shrewd and witty book offering guidance to new ministers; he has served in cabinet; he has enjoyed excursions into his chosen hinterlands of film and showbusiness. But top-billing has always eluded him. Indeed, it's arguable that the Chairmanship of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sports represents the pinnacle of his career - not so much because it is a hotly sought-after position but because it allows his particular qualities to blossom most floridly.

Letter: Acts of cruelty

Sir: Now that MPs have decided to retain the traditional use of vellum for recording Acts of Parliament, any Act to ban hunting will have to be written on the skin of an animal killed for no better reason than "tradition".

Why MPs insist that Acts of Parliament still need the slaughter of Norwegian goats

WHO WILL stand up for the goat? Even this animal rights-conscious Parliament, prepared to risk the wrath of the Countryside Alliance over hunting foxes, is determined to cover its library in goatskin.

Scots MPs begin investigation into `cash for access'

THE SCOTTISH Parliament is investigating allegations that lobbyists have been offering access to Scottish ministers in exchange for cash.

Words: aye, int.

CHAIN OF association from yesterday's "awe" makes one wonder about aye aye, whose origins prove obscure. It first appeared at the end of the 16th century, when it was spelt I and defined in an early grammar as "I for Yes, is used in a hasty or merry Way, as I Sir, I Sir." Johnson's supposition that it comes from the Latin aio is fanciful but his definition is neat: "it is a word by which the sense is enforced". It is possible that, through a path of dialects, it derives from ay, whose meaning slid from always to a mere certainly or yes.

Edinburgh: Sex, pies and hideous taste


Parliament: The Sketch - Air traffic control plans run into severe turbulence

IT SEEMED as if it might end with a whimper not a bang. By the luck of the draw, the final session before MPs departed for the summer recess was Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Parliament: Home Affairs: Report says police need better training in law

MANY POLICE officers have a poor knowledge of the law because of inadequate and patchy training, according to a report published yesterday by a committee of MPs.

Parliament: Fond memories of witty Willie-isms

The Week In Westminster

Squabbling mars royal opening of Scots Parliament

THE SCOTTISH Parliament is facing a crisis in support ahead of today's official opening by the Queen. Critics are saying that the promised answer to Scotland's problems has soured in its first 50 days. The "new politics" has produced little more than petty squabbling over allowances, holidays, exalted titles for parliamentary officers and whether the spectacular design for a new building should be abandoned.

Sketchbook: Brave new world

Parliament is returning to Edinburgh - and the city is rising to the occasion with stunning modern architecture. Illustrations by David Tazzyman.

Right of Reply: Stephen Whittle

The director of the Broadcasting Standards Commission replies to criticism of its latest report
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty