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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.

Right of Reply: Stephen Whittle

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past