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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of the Community - and clearly lays down the supremacy of European law over the home-grown variety - can, after all, be repealed by Parliament, as can any statute.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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US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
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Neil Lawson Baker interview

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering