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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.

BOOKS: Treasonable behaviour

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT: Terror and Faith in 1605 by Antonia Fraser, Weidenfeld pounds 20

Pay review shows up the 'shirker' MPs

Four MPs have confessed that they are working less than 35 hours a week for their current salary of pounds 34,085.

Political Commentary : Just suppose we wanted to leave, could we find the door?

A recently retired Foreign Office knight told me the other day that we could not leave the European Community even if we wanted to. It would, he said, be illegal. His view, I confess, surprised me. The European Communities Act 1972, which still governs our membership of the Community - and clearly lays down the supremacy of European law over the home-grown variety - can, after all, be repealed by Parliament, as can any statute. There are no fundamental laws in the United Kingdom, even if a few adventurous judges have suggested lately that there are circumstances where the courts might refuse to give effect to an objectionable Act. Lord Irvine, Mr Tony Blair's mentor and prospective Lord Chancellor, has duly rebuked these heretical spirits for insubordination.

Wrongdoers go unpunished; Inside Parliament

The Conservative Party has sunk so low that in the affair of Westminster City Council it reversed the moral stricture from the Book of Psalms which is set above the door of the Old Bailey, the Commons was told yesterday.

MPs win fight for law against stalking

The Government has bowed to pressure from MPs and the police and is to make stalking a crime. After previously refusing to back a call to jail stalkers for up to five years, David Maclean, a Home Office minister, said last night that proposals to bring in new laws on stalkers would be published "at the earliest opportunity".

Labour MP says 'Guardian' story a libellous lie

LOUISE JURY

Ministers must be sacked

THE SCOTT REPORT In my view Sir Nicholas Lyell is left no alternative but to resign

Ex-minister sparks row after taking GEC job

DONALD MACINTYRE

A Scottish experiment that could be a model for Westminster Scotland could offer a shining example for a new Westminster

LAST week, Andrew Marr and Polly Toynbee climbed their Independent columns to shout a protest about how Britain is governed. On Tuesday, Marr discussed Dudley Fishburn's decision to quit the House of Commons in disgust at the impotence of individual MPs. He concluded: "It is possible to imagine a different Parliament. It would be one that seized back control over hosts of appointments and policies ... a place really worth fighting to get into."

MP in final bid to curb abortions

DAVID ALTON, the "pro-life" Liberal Democrat MP who last week announced he was quitting Parliament, is to make a final attempt to tighten up the abortion laws.

"Hey, baby, won't you be my dog and I'll be your tree." George Clinton talks dirty to Geoff Brown

Dogs have been big with George Clinton, high priest of the Church of the Octave Insanes, for over 20 years. "Ruff! Ruff!" the leader of Parliament, Funkadelic and the P Funk All Stars said by way of greeting, which is preferable to the canine couplet prefacing 1974's "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On": "Hey, baby, won't ya be my dog," goes the invitation, "and I'll be your tree and you can pee on me."

Germans vote to send planes

STEVE CRAWSHAW

Entertainment conditions lawful LAW REPORT: 27 April 1995

Westminster City Council v North.

ARTS A HOUSE THAT ROCK BUILT

After 10 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nearing completion. From September, visitors to Cleveland, Ohio, will be able to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and, er, Joe Walsh

MPs defend cost of Hollywood trip: Help for industry 'well worth pounds 23,000'

MEMBERS of the Commons national heritage committee are to visit Hollywood in October in their second fact- finding trip to the United States in 18 months.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there