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Cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher were “miserably disappointing” gatherings devoid of debate and filled with “unctuous self-satisfaction”, one her most senior ministers said in 1984.

US Bill is 'turning point' in use of fossil fuels

Long criticised for its gas-guzzling greed, the United States has passed sweeping legislation to reduce fossil fuel consumption significantly. Elements of the Bill include a mandatory increase in minimum fuel efficiency for cars that, when in place, will be the equivalent of taking 28 million vehicles off American roads.

Anti-kidnap security stepped up for Britain's leading Muslims

Prominent Muslims are to undergo special risk-assessments amid fears they could become targets for Islamic extremists. The dramatic move by officials to step up security around Muslim politicians, police officers and religious leaders follows the revelation of an alleged plot to kidnap and behead a Muslim soldier.

Bruce Anderson: The best House of Lords was the one we had

Tories should be wary of Blair's consultation offers, especially on the constitution

Pants to fashion! Virginia to ban `indecent' low-slung jeans

LOVERS OF low-riding jeans, visible thongs and exposed boxer shorts may be obliged to avoid the state of Virginia in the future, or risk a $50 (pounds 27) fine as the cost of their exhibitionism.

The Prime Minister must honour his promises and reform the House of Lords

The Prime Minister, we report today, is facing a full-blown Cabinet revolt over House of Lords reform - and not before time. Mr Blair and his government have had the best part of four years to meet their manifesto commitment to make the Lords "more representative and democratic" and, although the majority of hereditary peers no longer sit in the Lords as of right, the reform is far from complete. Worse almost than its incompleteness, however, is the impression - which Mr Blair has done nothing to dispel - that the Government has either lost the will to complete it or cannot decide how to proceed.

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