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Forget policy proposals, it is the choices made by political leaders on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that really give the public a chance to see into both their souls and their desire to be seen as accessible.

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AS FIGHTING continued in Kosovo, with Serb forces pounding villages once again, Nato's two top commanders told Slobodan Milosevic yesterday he faced the threat of air strikes if he did not stick to the October ceasefire agreement. They also demanded full access for war crimes investigators to probe last week's massacre of ethnic Albanians in Racak.

Villagers outraged as teepee dwellers win right to stay

BACK-TO-THE-LAND settlers have won their greatest ever victory. In a test case, a "bender community" which built huts illegally on a Somerset smallholding, has been given retrospective planning permission in the teeth of local opposition.

MPs back Prescott over `old values'

CABINET MINISTERS and MPs lined up yesterday behind the call by John Prescott and Gordon Brown for the Government to return to "traditional" Labour values.

Prescott anger at Lib-Lab deals

JOHN PRESCOTT'S simmering anger at Tony Blair's decision to forge closer links with the Liberal Democrats boiled over in public yesterday.

Letter: LibDems target tax

Sir: Steve Richards ("When will New Labour face up to the truth about taxes?", 7 December) gives a timely warning. It is only the existence of an independent Liberal Democrat party which is keeping this issue on the agenda. This is one of many reasons why, as Paddy Ashdown has often said, "If we did not exist, it would be necessary to invent us."

Parliament: The Sketch - PM emerges victorious from shoot-out in the chamber

OFFICIALLY, PRIME Minister's question time ends at 3.30 on the dot. But it is often over well before then. If William Hague rattles off every round in his six-shooter within the first 10 minutes, for example, then the rest of the occasion almost always has something of a desultory air, a duel in which one of the gunslingers has run out of ammunition. Tony Blair can emerge from behind the riddled water-butt he's been using for cover and taunt his opponent with his impotence.

QUEEN'S SPEECH: Lib Dem vote is a blow to Ashdown deal

THE LIBERAL Democrats voted against key Government proposals last night when they joined forces with the Tories to oppose the Queen's Speech.

Mr Blair must stop being so cautious and start taking risks

The policies left out of the Queen's Speech will tell us as much about the Government as those left in

MP opposing control freaks wins election

GROWING OPPOSITION to Labour's "control freakery" has finally spread to its MPs, with the election of a leading backbench rebel to the parliamentary party's ruling executive.

Letter: Lib-Lab deals

Sir: Paddy Ashdown often cites local government to prove that the politics of co-operation can succeed. He is right. As the leader of the Liberal Democrats on a county council that was "hung" for many years, I practised it with some success.

Leading Article: Now Mr Blair must offer the Lib Dems some real power

TONY BLAIR is the stealth bomber of British politics. He is attempting to draw the Liberal Democrats into a merger with Labour without either party picking him up on their radar. It will not work, and at today's meeting of the Lib Dem ruling body, the federal executive, the fighter squadrons will be scrambled against it. Already the Scottish Lib Dems say that the joint statement issued by the Prime Minister and Paddy Ashdown last week does not apply to them, and yet they have been working with Labour for longer.

Referendum on PR 'before next election'

TONY BLAIR will win round his cabinet and hold a referendum on electoral reform before the next election, the Liberal Democrat leader, Paddy Ashdown, claimed yesterday.

Glad to be a thinker? Beware Blair's whipping boys will stalk

WITH THE attempt to prevent Mr Ken Livingstone from becoming mayor of London and the less successful one to stop Mr Rhodri Morgan from contesting the leadership of the Welsh Assembly, with worry about the Scottish Parliament and the European elections, and with the National Executive compelled to join the Trappist order, this has been a vintage week for what are now called control freaks and I prefer to remember as party discipline. The Labour Party is no stranger to the latter. For 30 years, from the end of the war to the mid-1970s, the party combined what was theoretically a high degree of internal discipline with, in practice, a state of affairs that often verged on anarchy. In the late 1970s order broke down completely.

Rebels fight 'diktat' rule

TONY BLAIR and Paddy Ashdown are facing growing party rebellion against their "control freak" tendencies. At meetings of senior party figures in both camps this week, they will each be challenged over their "high-handed" approach to likely rebels. Anger was fuelled last week by the extension of the role of the joint cabinet commitee on which Labour and the Liberal Democrats sit.

Politics: Blair alters noble principle to read: one man, one veto

WHEN PADDY Ashdown gave his speech to his party conference, he asked a question of his new friend, Tony Blair: was the Prime Minister a control freak or a democrat?
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