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Sir: I like my daughter's rule - "Never wait for any man more than seven minutes." We have been waiting 11 months to find out when the Prime Minister will keep his promise to hold a referendum on the Jenkins Commission proposals on electoral reform for Westminster.

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WHEN I had to resign as a junior government whip in 1994, Jonathan Aitken wrote to me: "However much outward support you get, it is your own inner soul and strength that will win the comeback battle for you." Sadly, Aitken's ability to give good advice to others was not matched by his willingness to apply it to himself. In the same letter, he continued: "Don't rush into legal proceedings. You can hold a position for months with the line that you are taking legal advice. Suing could be worse than not suing."

Leading article: The Soho nail bomb explodes a myth about liberal Britain

ONE APPARENTLY minor detail in all the reporting of the nail bomb in the Admiral Duncan pub on Friday was suggestive. Several witnesses did not wish to give their names to journalists. There is no reason why they should; the right to anonymity is an essential part of liberty. But it is unusual. There was no reluctance to speak out among the black and Bangladeshi British minorities who were the targets of the Brixton and Brick Lane bombings. The gay minority is different.

The Week In Westminster: I see a vacancy, and it's not Fiona Jones's

FIONA JONES, the former Labour MP for Newark, was the surprise winner of the week, leaving vast quantities of egg on the faces of both main parties. Her successful appeal poses a nightmare this weekend for Madam Speaker who, last month, declared the Newark vacancy under the rules of the 1983 Representation of the People Act.

Time for Europe to celebrate spending

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Letter: Tories in Europe

Sir: Joe McNamee is confused (letter, March 8). While the centre-right EPP (European People's Party) Group in the European Parliament is indeed more positive towards the single European currency than the British Conservative Party, Conservative MEPs are only "allied members" of the group.

Britain could sign up to euro in 2001

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Shopping: Single sheets with soul

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UK pressed by Commission to rejoin ERM

BRUSSELS yesterday stepped up the pressure on Britain to rejoin Europe's Exchange Rate Mechanism, highlighting the pound's volatility as the sole impediment to UK membership of the euro.

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ECB chief urges UK to join euro

WIM DUISENBERG, President of the European Central Bank, yesterday urged Britain to join the euro swiftly, adding that the arguments against UK entry were of a "psycho-political nature".

Captain Moonlight: A story of sequins and squealing rubber

HURRAH! Terrific news about this royal wedding, isn't it? Just the sort of thing to tickle the cockles and watt away the mid-winter gloom. And what a pleasant change to have something nice to report, instead of all the usual petty nastinesses about who sneaked what or who really hates whom. Call me an old-fashioned sort of officer, but sometimes I feel we rather concentrate on the unhappier side of human nature, don't you? Plus, of course, there is my responsibility, as the last monarchist on this newspaper, to keep the Royal Standard flying. So what do you think of the bunting? The sharper eyed may have spotted that it cleverly incorporates the Xmas fairy lights and so postpones putting them away for another week. One more reason to congratulate Edward and Sophie! And it also occurred to me that many of you, being Independent on Sunday readers, might not be quite so au fait with the happy couple as the Captain. Which is why follows my, yes, wait for it, Twelve Fascinating Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know about Teddy and Jonesy. 1) She calls him Ed; 2) He calls himself Gus; 3) Her dad, according to the Express, worked, at one time, in the automotive industry; 4) Her dad, according to the Mail, worked, at one time, as a tyre salesman; 5) He also, very briefly, taught Nigel Dempster geography; 6) The dad of another of Edward's girlfriends used to sell spare car parts near Guildford; 7) Sophie has always been a popular girl who could be relied upon to be fun; 8) Edward is a man of sensitivity, ambition and inner strength; 9) Sophie has been out with a dentist; 10) Edward is a big Abba fan;
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