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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

Dominic Lawson: No one willingly gives up a benefit, however indefensible

The anger of those who lose out is greater than the gratitude of those who continue to benefit

A four-rotor Enigma machine once used by the crews of German U-boats in World War II to send coded messages, which British World War II code-breaker mathematician Alan Turing, was instrumental in breaking

Pardon to be re-examined for codebreaker Turing

He is widely credited as the father of modern computing, and played a pivotal role in cracking the Nazi Engima cipher, but sixty years after his death Alan Turing campaigners are still awaiting a pardon from the government over his conviction for homosexual behaviour.

The late BBC's John Peel

Trending: Turn left at Peel and upstairs to Schwarzenegger

On Friday, the BBC director-general Mark Thompson revealed that part of Radio 1's new home in Broadcasting House is to be renamed The John Peel Wing.

John Rentoul: The wackiness has gone from No 10

David Cameron protests too much when he suggests that the departure of his adviser Steve Hilton will change nothing

Hamish McRae: The numbers look better but we should stick with Plan A

Economic Life: The recovery remains fragile, but a touch less so than it seemed at the start of the year

Gordon Brown received an advance of £78,000 for Beyond the Crash. Tony Blair received an advance of £4.6m for A Journey

Brown makes £1m since leaving No 10 (but Blair's still the leading earner)

Gordon Brown has drawn criticism for the low level of his parliamentary activities

Martin Hickman: A tough new line that will benefit millions

Ofgem still believes that the interests of energy users are best served by a competitive free market, not enforced price controls. But its threat to do so is serious and represents a profound change in its approach.

Leading article: Time to end the Big Six's energy fix

During Labour's long economic boom, few in government gave much thought to energy policy. So long as the bills came down – which for years they did because of North Sea gas and the privatised suppliers trimming workforces – politicians were content to allow greater consolidation of the industry. They gave little thought to the future. That complacency must end now.

Janet Street-Porter: They pile in to damn Sir Fred's gong, but what will it change?

Politicians are jumping over each other to demand that the disgraced former RBS chief Fred "the Shred" Goodwin should be stripped of his knighthood. Why? What difference would it make? I can see that the ritual of public humiliation might turn some people on, but this futile gesture won't help the huge number of folk fruitlessly looking for work or trying to pay bills. It won't build a single affordable home, fund a crèche or keep a library open. Ed Miliband is the latest lemming to demand Fred's head on a platter, telling anyone who'll listen that Gordon Brown should "never" have handed out the accolade in the first place.

Former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin

Call to strip Sir Fred Goodwin of his knighthood

An MP leading calls for Sir Fred Goodwin to be stripped of his knighthood urged the Whitehall committee which reviews honours to make a special case of the disgraced former banker today.

Steve Richards: Referendums can be very dangerous if you don't know the result

In the UK, referendums are rarely held. Quite a few are offered at some distant point in the future, but governments only call them when they are confident they will win. This is what makes the drama over a referendum for Scottish independence so explosive. Referendums here are not about leaders discovering a sudden passion for direct forms of democracy. Usually they are about leaders seizing control of controversial policies.

Jeremy Clarkson doubled his pay to more than £2m through his work with the BBC last year

Clarkson doubles Top Gear income

The Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson doubled his pay to more than £2m through his work with the BBC last year, accounts have shown.

Stephen Lawrence: How the case breakthrough came

DCI Clive Driscoll was in church to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence when the breakthrough finally came.

Jeremy Clarkson made the remarks on BBC's primetime magazine programme The One Show last night

Ofcom investigates Jeremy Clarkson's strike jibe

TV watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's comments about striking public sector workers.

Steve Richards: The man who should speak remains silent

Gordon Brown is the convenient scapegoat, the chosen villain of the entire media and political class

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I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

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The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

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Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'