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MPs to investigate football debt

MPs are investigate whether there is too much debt at professional clubs as part of a new inquiry into the running of football.

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Adrian Hamilton: Those not against Iraq were with it

There's a wonderful exchange in Billy Wilder's fast-talking comedy of post-war Berlin, One,Two, Three, when the Coca-Cola executive, played by James Cagney, asks his German assistant: "Just what did you do in the War?" "I was in the underground," comes the reply. "You mean fighting Hitler?" asks Cagney. "No, just digging it."

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Being a 'star of the future' can be the kiss of death for a promising career. But history shows that would-be Prime Ministers are far from the spotlight when their party first loses office. Matt Chorley scans the horizon

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Foreign Secretary William Hague will today declare his commitment to the protection of human rights around the world, insisting it is not in Britain's interests to pursue "a foreign policy without a conscience".

Michael Brown: Cameron's safe from rebels – for now

It is early days, and the opportunities for mayhem from the right wing of the party are still considerable. For the moment, however, it remains leaderless

John Rentoul: Where does Blair rage come from?

Nothing he can say in his book today will stop the flow; the anger against him exists at a deeper level, impervious to reasoned argument, certainly from him

David Miliband: 'I can build a coalition across the party'

The 'unity candidate' in the Labour leadership race is no lightweight... especially when Iran's foreign minister threatens to smack him round the chops. Matt Chorley and John Rentoul meet David Miliband

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James Moore: Bankers get their old confidence back

Phew, thank goodness for those budget deficits, eh. It means we weren’t the only ones to make a godawful mess of the economy. The politicians have also been screwing things up. It wasn’t all our fault after all.

Ben Chu: Michael Gove shoots from the hip

You’d be hard pressed to find a more fastidious politician than the Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

Leading article: A surprisingly liberal world view

The world might have been forgiven for thinking that under the Conservatives British foreign policy would turn inward-looking, small-minded and defensively bellicose. After all, in opposition David Cameron had taken his party out of its alliance with the European centre-right and aligned it with a political grouping which his coalition partner, Nick Clegg, described as a bunch of "nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists and homophobes". Leading Tory thinkers such as George Osborne, Liam Fox and Michael Gove had a touch of the neo-con night about them. Mr Cameron had been unequivocal in his support for the war in Afghanistan. And over everything hung the shadow of an ideological Euroscepticism.

Econoblog: Cameron makes a good start on the world economic stage

David Cameron appears to be carrying all before him.

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