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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

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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.

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