Even the room somewhere in Westminster where the historic meeting was to take place was kept secret until the last minute. Once “C”, Sir John Sawers, and his two colleagues arrived, the Intelligence and Security Committee chairman Sir Malcolm Rifkind announced a time delay on the TV broadcast lest anything endangering national security should be said. Mysteriously, the man sitting immediately behind MI5’s Andrew Parker bore a passing resemblance to Nikita Khrushchev. We were, in short, all keyed up.
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Sunday 26 May 2013
Detectives investigating the brutal killing of Drummer Lee Rigby arrested three further men last night on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Thursday 09 May 2013
Stewart Jackson has refused to pay the £54,000 that Ipsa claims he owes on his home
Wednesday 08 February 2012
Wednesday 18 January 2012
The BBC has been criticised after it emerged that only 26 out of 680 new jobs created at its new Media City site went to locals.
Saturday 14 January 2012
Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has drawn much flack for his highly contentious proposed reforms of the NHS. But let us not overlook what he is doing to reform the English language.
Friday 14 October 2011
Among senior politicians and officials working in and around Downing Street, the arrival of Sue Gray in a meeting is not necessarily something to be welcomed.
Sunday 14 August 2011
In a crisis, those struggling to assert authority rapidly develop a common language. Last week, experts, politicians and community leaders engaged in another battle – the prolific use of "R" words: responsibility, respect and rules. And robust – as in the desired policing strategy. We're told one section of Britain doesn't want to abide by the rules. They don't know the real meaning of respect, and they have no interest in shouldering responsibility. That might be true of many who took part in the casual violence and happy- go-lucky looting and arson, but we need to look closely at our own personal ethics before rushing to blame one age group or social class.
Saturday 30 July 2011
Monday 18 July 2011
The campaign to pass a new law empowering women to find out whether the men they are dating on the internet have violent backgrounds gains momentum today, as the former minister Hazel Blears and the father of murder victim Clare Wood launch their demand for the passage of what is being called "Clare's Law". The Home Secretary, Teresa May, has already let it be known that she looks with favour on the broad idea.
Monday 18 July 2011
Men with a record of domestic violence would be prevented from using the internet to meet unsuspecting women under plans being considered by the Home Secretary, Theresa May. The Home Office said yesterday that the Police National Database could be used to keep watch on contacts made by men with violent pasts.
Sunday 17 July 2011
Women could be given the right to know whether their partners have a history of violence under plans to be considered by the Government.
Sunday 10 April 2011
Wednesday 06 April 2011
The niece of a countess sitting next to the son of a hereditary peer faced a baronet and an international banker's Oxbridge son educated at the third of Britain's four major public schools (and who defeated for the party leadership another old boy from his school, who himself had a double-barrelled name when I knew him at Oxford).
Thursday 30 December 2010
Britain's biggest union is in talks to form an "unholy alliance" with rightwing Conservatives to oppose next year's referendum on electoral reform, The Independent has learnt.
Sunday 21 November 2010
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
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David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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