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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.

The Grim Reaper is taking Mr Major to the brink

The most corrupting thing in political or, indeed, in any other kind of journalism is personal friendship. The next most corrupting is making a forecast. It is so in two respects. The forecaster may try to make out that he has been proved right whatever the evidence to the contrary. He may attempt also by one means or another to make the forecast come true. Against both tendencies I am constantly on my guard.

How Mr Blair has cut himself down to size

Alan Watkins on politics

No new trial for Colin Wallace

The Court of Appeal drew a line under the Colin Wallace affair yesterday, saying the former army information officer should not face a retrial after being cleared of the manslaughter of a friend 16 years ago. SAS-trained Mr Wallace had his conviction quashed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week.

Got those busybody blues again

CONSERVATIVE REALISM: New Essays In Conservatism ed Kenneth Minogue, HarperCollins pounds 14.99

HUGH WAS THAT?

HUGH GAITSKELL by Brian Brivati, Richard Cohen pounds 25 Politics galor e: Hugh Gaitskell, the 'egotistical and self-seeking, tough and principled'; .leader, could have something to teach New Labour, and why Conservatives hate planners

Letter: MI5 and Wilson's resignation

Sir: I have just seen the video of the recent Channel 4 production of Harold Wilson's resignation in 1976. I feel, for the sake of record, I should add a few details which give a better perspective.

LETTER : Time to come off the fence over East Timor

Andrea Needham aims to end British complicity in Indonesia's genocidal occupation of East Timor. Very good, but unless she confronts the key issue she will never succeed.

Letter:History will honour Wilson

I agree with Alan Watkins (18 August) that Channel 4's Secret History "documentary", "Harold Wilson - the Final Days", was "an utter disgrace". Indeed, I was surprised and disappointed by its unbalanced focus on the sinister, especially since the producer, Simon Berthon, is a television director of great experience as well as professional distinction.

Letter : New Labour, old clashes

Sir: Over recent months it has been occurring to me that history may soon repeat itself when the Labour Party forms the next government.

'First Secretary' Prescott at the helm

John Rentoul reports on the deputy leader's likely role

It couldn't happen here ... could it?

If statistics are to be believed, many people find themselves barely employable by their mid-thirties - an EC directive states that no one over 35 need apply for work with the European Commission, for example - but in politics, and to a lesser extent the law, it seems you can go on and on. The question is: are the oldies to be found in these professions an asset or a liability?

Do you remember the last time?

The last time England hosted a major football tournament, Harold Wilson ruled, the Beatles rolled and Roger Hunt was everywhere. So, in a way, was Phil Shaw, who takes a trip down Route 66

Obituary: Lord Houghton of Sowerby

One of Douglas Houghton's most far-sighted ideas was the proposal he put forward during the Select Committee on the Civil List 1970-71, writes Paul Richards [further to the obituary by Tam Dalyell, 3 May]. The Select Committee, established by Harold Wilson, included Willie Hamilton and Joan Lest-or, and was established to solve the problem of the Civil List failing to keep up with inflation.

Silk tie and silver tongue

Lynne Curry meets the man who has brought a touch of elegance to IT education

M62 and car park ready for Wilson statue

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