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Khodorkovsky’s release may well have been intended to further those goals by sending a positive signal about Russia's future business climate

Village people: 28/11/2009

No thanks, Ann

*Ann Widdecombe's chances of a new career as Britain's envoy to the Vatican are on the wane.

Bruce Anderson: Iraq is inseparable from the personality of Tony Blair

The destruction of Saddam was a noble cause, even if ineptly conducted

John McWilliam: Highly respected politician who served as an Opposition whip at a difficult time for Labour

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.

Andrew Grice: Waiting for Obama

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.

Jane Merrick: Kaminski row: Is the past three weeks ago?

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.

Jennie Bristow: Stand up to Supernanny

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.

John Rentoul: Dirty work

It is hard work defending Tony Blair and thankless. But there are some things that just have to be done.

For sale: one bridge, a bookmaker and millions of student loans

Brown gambles on huge sale of assets to balance books

The firm with a 'back door key to Number 10'

BAE's intimacy with Tony Blair's government was legendary. But the company cannot bank on any favours now, says Andy McSmith

John Kampfner: Liberal values have never been more important – or less popular

People everywhere have been too willing to trade freedom for prosperity or security

Carers miss out on state support, MPs find

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.

MPs to look at effect of Megrahi release on relations with US

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.

John Rentoul: 'Chop it off and put it on a spike'

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:

John Rentoul: 'I told them but they wouldn't listen'

Poor Geoffrey Wheatcroft. He has "tried to offer constructive advice to David Cameron and his team". Stay away from Blairite ultras and neconservatives.

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