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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.

Women need not apply for privileges: Even after Thatcher, the House of Commons remains a dedicated club for the boys, says Ruth Winstone

IN THE fuss over which of the great and good are to be on the Commons Privileges Committee, set up to investigate two of the more junior boys at the House, one question has not been asked. So I will ask it. Why are there no women on the committee? It must comprise, so we are told, senior members of the House of Commons. So plenty of knights are included: six out of 17, to be exact. Then they have to have experience of parliamentary procedure. So there are elderly and long- standing members present.

I'm very glad you asked me that particular question . . .

LET'S not get carried away by this MPs-asking-questions- for-money horror story. Let's keep calm. Let's look at the facts.

'Not proven' verdict stays

THE controversial 'not proven' verdict in Scottish courts is to be retained.

Leading Article: A professional Parliament

JOHN SMITH's premature death has revived the debate about the unnatural working lives forced on Britain's Members of Parliament. Those who become MPs must not only have the physical stamina necessary to work into the small hours night after night; they must also sacrifice any hope of a normal social life outside their work, and tread their way past the tempting twin solaces of the whisky bottle and the secretary. Until recently it has been too easy to say that these are simply the terms of the job - that politicians know what they are taking on when they stand for Parliament, and the continued competition for seats proves the bargain is still a good one.

Hendrix on Parliament

A laser image of the rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix being projected on to the Houses of Parliament early yesterday to celebrate the forthcoming release of Beautiful People's record If 60's were 90's. The words above and below are from the Hendrix song 'If 6 was 9': 'White collared conservative . . .pointing their plastic finger at me'.

Police thwart gay activists' march on Parliament

TWO MEN were arrested last night as police removed gay rights protesters, including the pop singer Jimmy Somerville, from Haymarket in central London, thwarting an attempted march on

Parliament and Politics: Gay vote likely on 16 February

THE COMMONS vote on whether the age of consent for homosexuals should be reduced to 16, in line with heterosexuals, or 18 is likely to be taken on 16 February or soon afterwards.

Leading Article: Cynical? Who wouldn't be?

THE ITALIANS, long burdened with discredited politicians hanging on to power, were yesterday set a general election date. Would that Britain were so blessed. The Conservatives may be able to wait until April 1997 before going to the country. Each day's delay engenders deeper disillusionment among voters. Another three years of sleaze, hypocrisy and ineffectual government will do untold damage not only to the Tories but, more importantly, to the standing of Britain's public institutions.

Russian Elections: Hypnotist seeks power: Helen Womack sees a Russian psychotherapist campaigning in Yaroslavl via a televised seance

THE serious politicians of Yaroslavl, from free marketeers to Communists, are united on one matter - their contempt for a fascist hypnotist who thinks he can represent this city in the new Russian parliament without bothering to meet the voters.

Whipping row over Sunday trading

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CrossRail project faces 10-year delay

THE pounds 2bn CrossRail project, which will link Liverpool Street and Paddington stations on a new British Rail line, could be delayed by up to 10 years because of a decision by the Transport Secretary, John MacGregor, to commission a further consultant's report on the scheme. The report is expected to lead to a delay, which would cause the project's enabling parliamentary Bill to fail.

Ask no questions, hear more lies: The decline in newspaper coverage of the cut and thrust of the Commons is slowly eroding our democracy, says Jack Straw

I SPOKE to a national housing conference in Brighton last Wednesday. One thousand delegates stood as I entered, clapping as I walked to the podium. The hall was plunged into darkness, the spotlights turned on me, the loudspeakers brought into action. The audience laughed at a couple of jokes, applauded when I sat down, and asked six relatively straightforward questions. After an hour, they went to coffee and I went back to London.

ALBUMS / Digital technology: it's no fluke

FLUKE

RADIO / Just the three of them

MRS THOMPSON was the victim of a tragic hospital mix-up. With gentle respect for her plight, Brian Perkins asked when she first suspected that she'd been discharged with the wrong husband: 'Well, it crossed my mind when I got him home,' she said, 'because my Arthur'd been a retired park-keeper with a prostate, and now he was a 23-year-old ski- instructor called Bjorn.'

Media: News at Ten - MPs ignore the inconvenient evidence: Gerald Kaufman and his House of Commons committee are in no position to accuse others of evasion, says David Lister

'THIS IS a select committee of the House of Commons.' The phrase does have a magisterial ring. Gerald Kaufman, chairman of the National Heritage Select Committee, clearly thinks so as he recites it regularly when he believes a witness is getting above himself.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project