Control of asylum advisers opposed escape control

Inside Parliament

Revenge of an odd couple

Mary Braid looks into the eccentric world of Labour's giant-killers

The battle for a principle

Advertisement in 'Tribune' led to a legal fight, write John Rentoul and Donald Macintyre

ANOTHER VIEW: Fair and firm on immigration

The proposed Asylum and Immigration Bill now before the Commons will be one of the most contentious to come before the House. The Labour Party, recognising that many of its supporters are in favour of the Bill, attempted without success to have it go to a Special Committee of the Commons, thereby obviating the need to vote against it.

Tory MP tells why he switched to Labour

JOHN RENTOUL

Boundary changes could give Blair election boost

COLIN BROWN

Governor's tale of life behind bars

'There is an enormous amount of shame involved - queueing up to get food, being locked in a cell'

LETTER: A film without sex and violence

From Mr David Elstein

It was nice weather for duckweed

Chelsea offered executive gardens, a blooming kitchen garden and a writer's garden, much envied by Anna Pavord

Letter: Nessie's diet

From Mr Peter R. J. Stanton

Flight of fancy

Flight of fancy

England's tour de force

"I HAVE played and lost too many games for France when we ought to have won," the French captain, Philippe Saint-Andre, said before the match. This was not one of them. By the end, the body language left no doubt which players were on the end of an eight-game losing streak. Whatever the coming months may hold, the history of England's 1995 World Cup campaign should have a special paragraph for the two minutes between 3.02 and 3.04pm yesterday. This was the time in which Jack Rowell's team blended the best of the old with the promise of the new.

Race fight at `harmony' college

Police and demonstrators were injured yesterday when fighting broke out between groups of Sikh and Muslim students at a college proud of its reputation for racial harmony.

Letter:Three cheers for privatisation

YOUR correspondent David L Seymour (Letters, 11 December) must live on another planet. A few years ago in our neck of the woods it was not unusual to wait 30 or 40 minutes for a bus. Then private buses appeared, regular as clockwork, and forced Lo ndon Transport to get its act together. Now your longest wait is about 10 minutes We also had a main post office. It had one open counter and three closed ones. The open one was manned by a surly, unhelpful person and there were queues into the street. Now we have a franchised post office, all four counters are open, service is friendly and queues have gone. Add to that the sterling service we get from BT and your positive article about the privatised mine in the Business section ("The private life of coal", 11 December) and we ask: why is privatisation a dirty word?

Sports Letter: Dish monopoly

Re: 'Sport on Television' (Independent, 25 August)
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