Khodorkovsky’s release may well have been intended to further those goals by sending a positive signal about Russia's future business climate
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Saturday 28 November 2009
No thanks, Ann
*Ann Widdecombe's chances of a new career as Britain's envoy to the Vatican are on the wane.
Monday 23 November 2009
John McWilliam: Highly respected politician who served as an Opposition whip at a difficult time for Labour
Thursday 19 November 2009
As a member of the Speaker's Panel – senior MPs, not ministers, who chair the committee stage of bills in the House of Commons – John McWilliam was procedurally authoritative and unflappable. For this reason, I was one of 14 MPs who gave him a vote in the long, drawn-out procedure for the election of a Speaker after Lady Boothroyd went to the House of Lords.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
What were armed services chiefs and politicians talking about in the margins of the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Whitehall yesterday? I am told two words kept coming up. "President" and "Obama.
Friday 30 October 2009
The row over Michal Kaminski, the leader of David Cameron's grouping in Europe, continues to rage. And it should, because there remain deeply disturbing doubts over the past - and possibly the present - thoughts of Kaminski.
Thursday 29 October 2009
Before I had children, I was bothered that politicians today have an unhealthy interest in lecturing people about how they conduct their personal lives – what they eat, how much they drink, whether they take enough exercise, and so on.
Thursday 15 October 2009
It is hard work defending Tony Blair and thankless. But there are some things that just have to be done.
Monday 12 October 2009
Friday 02 October 2009
Monday 21 September 2009
Tuesday 08 September 2009
People looking after sick or disabled relatives provide care worth an estimated £23bn a year but receive benefits worth only £2bn a year, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found.
Tuesday 01 September 2009
A parliamentary inquiry is to examine whether the release of the Lockerbie bomber has damaged Britain's "special relationship" with the United States, The Independent has learnt.
Wednesday 26 August 2009
Stephen Frears, the director, was at it again yesterday. One joke about executing Tony Blair could perhaps be brushed off as a lapse of taste, but now he has said this to Sueddeutsche Zeitung:
Tuesday 25 August 2009
Poor Geoffrey Wheatcroft. He has "tried to offer constructive advice to David Cameron and his team". Stay away from Blairite ultras and neconservatives.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
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