AA strike is called off

The threat of AA patrol staff going on strike for the first time in the association's 105-year history has been lifted after new proposals were put forward to end a row over pensions.

Jailed opposition leader uses day in parliament to attack President

Sri Lanka's former army chief made a dramatic appearance before the country's parliament yesterday after being released from a military jail. The newly elected MP delivered a scathing speech in which he claimed the government was trying to block his "fight for democracy".

BNP support fueled by 'social breakdown, not immigration', report says



High levels of immigration into an area does not result in the local community supporting the British National Party, a report revealed today.

'You don't have to die before you're dead'

Acclaimed historian Tony Judt continues to produce books in spite of suffering from a condition that has left him paralysed from the neck down. He talks to Stephen Foley

Mustafa Sarigül: Liberal democracy can ensure that Turkey's best days lie ahead

We are truly at a turning point in Turkey's history. It is an opportunity to become a new Turkey, to shed outdated ideologies, reconfigure inefficient institutions and draft forward-looking laws appropriate to a strong 21st century democracy. The AKP (Justice and Development Party) has paved the way for this kind of reconstruction. They have completed the important task of demolition: they have torn down taboos and questioned old truths. But now it's time for a different team to build a new Turkey. What we need is firm, progressive leadership which can create a common, shared language for a society splintered by religion, ethnicity and gaps in income and opportunity. Turkey needs a new movement that can bring stability to politics and accelerate democratic development.

Aristocracy of the left turns out for Foot

Gordon Brown leads the tributes at the funeral of 'one of the greatest parliamentarians'

Leading article: The death of a great 20th century radical

Despite his political failures, Michael Foot's legacy is significant

Leading article: Ms Tymoshenko's unwise move

Almost a week after the presidential election, Ukraine's prime minister and disappointed candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, has finally broken her silence, and not in a helpful way. Ms Tymoshenko, who might have had a chance of remaining prime minister under a new president, has decided instead to challenge the result in court. If she acts on this intention – and she is not known for graceful retreats – Ms Tymoshenko will be doing herself and her country a big disservice.

Why Socrates Died, By Robin Waterfield

The execution of Socrates in Athens in 399BC has given rise to almost as much post-mortem fury as the crucifixion of Jesus. In Socrates' case, the dialogues of his pupil Plato – more novels-of-ideas than faithful chronicles - have further skewed the record. Robin Waterfield's learned but fluent book takes a historian's hatchet to the myths.

Tweet democracy: Who are the best Westminster warblers?

The posters have been unveiled and the war of words has begun. But it's Twitter that will make this election unique. Rob Sharp rates the Westminster warblers

Talal Rajab: A small but significant victory for democracy

Amidst all the fanfare and controversy surrounding Nick Griffin’s appearance yesterday on Question Time, I firmly believe that the BBC was mainly vindicated in its decision to invite him on the show.

Leading article: Broken promises and democratic renewal

Supporters of electoral reform must make their voices heard

John Rentoul: The police against democracy

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, advances some of the most pathetic arguments against democratic accountability for the police in an interview in The Independent today.

The English Rebel, By David Horspool

A fascinating look at the upshot of people power

Ben Chu: The real democratic outrage over the Lisbon Treaty

The conventional view on the re-running of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is that it is a democratic disgrace.

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