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The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Tuesday Book: The indiscreet charm of the bureaucracy

The Power Behind the Prime Minister: the hidden influence of number ten by Dennis Kavanagh and Anthony Sheldon (HarperCollins, pounds 19.99)

Great, Bobby, but just act your age

HURRAH FOR Bobby Robson. You've done it for us, Bob; now show them how to do it. When they shout "On me 'ead" I want you to shout "In me 'ead" - because that is where you keep your real strength and power and wisdom.

Books: The private eye on public life

`My Friend Christopher': lines in celebration of the poet and polemicist who mixes `gravity and waggery'.

Words: Pragmatic

THIS YEAR'S A-level results had the traditionalists wagging their wise old heads again. Overall pass rates were up, so overall standards must be down, they said. Well, they have been saying that for some years now. But they could be right in a way, because it seems that more candidates this year went for the "easier" subjects where there might be less chance of their shortcomings (say, in spelling and grammar) being noticed.

Omagh Remembers: Harold Wilson's `short' Irish operation now 30 years old

IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a short operation to restore order in Northern Ireland. It wasn't.

RUC warns of march trouble Firebombs feared at march

THE RUC warned that today's Apprentice Boy parade in Londonderry could descend into widespread violence after it emerged that hard-line republicans were plotting to carry out a wave of firebomb attacks. With Bogside nationalists banned from demonstrating in the flashpoint Diamond area of the city centre, police chiefs claimed extremists were stockpiling petrol bombs as part of a wider scheme of orchestrated violent disorder.

PMs and their deputies: a partnership that rarely works

IN THEORY, a prime minister and his deputy work in tandem to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day government. In practice, the partnership is often fraught with tension.

Football: United's Cup snub signals slow demise of tradition

THE ISSUE of whether Manchester United should have been encouraged to abandon the FA Cup in favour of a tournament thought crucial to England's bid for the 2006 World Cup finals moves each according to his or her nature.

Benn retires to spend more time with his politics

TONY BENN, the veteran left-winger, former Cabinet minister and assiduous diarist announced yesterday that he would stand down as an MP after nearly half a century in Parliament.

New Director-General: Lineage stretching back to Reith

Lord Reith 1922-1938

Blair told to boost voters in heartlands

TONY BLAIR has been warned by Cabinet colleagues that the Government must take urgent action to boost its appeal in its traditional heartlands.

On Location: My mate Jimmy

I COULD never stop being astonished at meeting famous people. Last year I interviewed Jimmy Hill, and it was a battle not to shout "Christ almighty, you're Jimmy bloody Hill, off the telly, who everyone takes the piss out of. Someone take a picture or my mates will never believe me".

We make no apologies for our tough benefits regime

We will keep people's minds on what they could do with their lives other than claiming benefit

Labour ministers got stolen money

TWO LABOUR ministers re-ceived "soft" loans of money stolen from a Tory peer by Lord Goodman, one of Harold Wilson's closest advisers.

The great and not-so-Goodman

BARON GOODMAN of Westminster was known as the greatest negotiator of his age, mediating between individuals, trades unions and governments. The veteran MP Tam Dalyell once described him as "the most resourceful man in public life". He was also, however, a thief, stealing about pounds 1m - about pounds 10m at today's value - from Viscount Portman, a family friend and a staunch Conservative.
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