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Speeches in the House of Commons by the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg are an erudite comedy turn. As MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill (Lords), which writes into British law two draft regulations passed by the Council of the European Union, only he thought it necessary to read into the official record part of what one of the regulations actually said.

Politics: On yer bike offer evokes Tebbit memories

Norman Tebbit's controversial advice for the jobless to get on their bikes, as his father had once done in the hunt for elusive employment, could become reality for hundreds of jobless people in Cornwall.

What the well-heeled homosexual really, really wants this Christmas

All five Spice Girls dolls: Grumpy, Bleached, Butch, Stuck-Up and Common

Winning the vote for EMU: Saddle up, Tony, and join the Hezza cavalry

The EMU battle lines are drawn. The territory to be conquered in just four years is the support of the people. Now we know where everyone stands, the public campaign must begin, but so far there have been only muffled mumblings from the Government.

Whitehall race bar exposed

No Asians work in Whitehall's four most elite grades and ethnic minorities are under-represented at all levels of the civil service, according to a report out tomorrow.

Leading Article: A little late, but welcome to the modern world, Mr Hague

Let's welcome the Tories to the modern world. They might not like it - "the world that is" as Michael Portillo so colourfully put it - but it seems to be the only one we have. It's where the votes, the problems, the political opportunities are. It is the same world-that-is to which Labour painfully had to reintroduce itself. There may be pockets of Surrey, Herts and Bucks or even function rooms in Blackpool that you can pretend are forever England, your England, but they are too small a political base for the Tories. If they are ever going to grow back to potency they needed to make a leap out of the ghettos of intolerance this week. And, Norman Tebbit notwithstanding, they just about did. This is good news for Britain: we need a plural system, and that means, we need Tories.

Letter: Royal technophobia

Sir: On your centre pages (9 October) you publish a major article by Rupert Cornwell, a six-column cartoon and three trenchant letters all condemning the remarks of Norman Tebbit on the subject of Britain's multi- ethnicity. Well done!

Dead? No, the Tory tiger is still a dangerous beast

The nation's mean streak

Even Canute would not try to hold back the tide of multiculturalism

Tebbit fails the test

The Tories: How to bring back the disenfranchised

View from the floor

Leading article: A dazzling Sun headline, but the truth was in the small print

Regular Independent readers (who by definition, perhaps, rarely read The Sun) may be surprised to learn that that august organ not infrequently takes us to task for one thing and another. Most recently, the decision by our sister Sunday paper to promote the legalisation of soft drugs has attracted The Sun's indignant scorn. The flow of invective rarely runs the other way; after all, we know The Sun to be a decent, upstanding paper, concerned for the well-being of decent, upstanding folk. Why on earth should we want to knock it?

Another circus skill gets shot down

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Full marks for empathy with historical figures

Annual reports have changed a lot since I was a child and teachers could get away with simply writing "Fair" (a slight euphemism in my case, as far as PE was concerned) in the space provided. These days teachers have to manage a skilful balancing act, ticking off national curriculum attainments while at the same time delivering a recognisable personal portrait of your child. Consequently the meaning can sometimes be difficult to extricate from the tangled semantics - should I be worried or pleased, for example, that my daughter can "empathise with past civilisations"? Is her teacher trying to say as nicely as possible that she is some sort of freak child out of a Stephen King novel or does he just mean that she is good at history?

Investors lambast Sears board

The board of Sears, the struggling retail group, was given a hostile reception at its annual meeting in central London yesterday as small shareholders vented anger over the company's dismal performance.

Heseltine likely to come out for Clarke

Kenneth Clarke's campaign managers are very wary of letting the names of their supporters out of the bag, but more names are being promised for next week in a tantalising attempt to keep the momentum going.

A rogue that rocked the parties

Poll Watch: The ICM poll showing a nine-point drop in Labour's lead was no reason to panic, says Philip Cowley
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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

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