Mary Dejevsky: It's time to grab back our gardens

Gardens are not brown-field sites. They are an integral part of the suburban landscape; they are what makes it desirable and family-friendly

Sketch: Richmond Park

Boeings before midnight, Airbuses at dawn: that is the pattern of departures from Heathrow. In the first hour after the polls closed at 10pm on Thursday night, around 7,000 people fled the country by air from Heathrow – mostly aboard the stream of wide-bodied Boeings heading east and south. Many of them flew directly overhead the Twickenham sports hall where votes for Richmond Park were being counted.

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If you want to be an analyst you must undergo psychoanalysis yourself

Psychoanalysis is the study of the unconscious mind, and if you want to study it, you have to have the courage to investigate your own. All trainee psychoanalysts are required to lie on the stereotypical sofa and undergo an intensive personal analysis for a minimum of three years.

The City Diary: Sir Tom Hunter: Big losses hit entrepreneur’s charity giving

Slackbelly exposes the good the bad and the ugly of the Square Mile

The glamorous heiress who chose a seamier world

As a scion of one of Britain’s most influential, monied and maverick dynasties, Robin Whitehead would have been pushing at an open door had she wished to enter the worlds of business and politics which have become the natural domains of the Goldsmith clan.

The key questions Blair will face over Iraq

Tony Blair makes his long-awaited appearance before the Iraq Inquiry tomorrow. These are some of the key questions he is likely to face.

Goldsmith: why I changed my mind on Iraq

Three weeks of lobbying persuaded Attorney General to support the invasion

Anthony Scrivener: A lawyer's view of Goldsmith's evidence

An opinion from counsel is just that and no more – an "opinion". With many legal problems there is no black and white solution. The opinion expressed may depend on the facts of the case, and in some cases it is necessary to resolve differences between the judgments in other relevant cases.

The Sketch: Legality is what the best lawyer says it is

'Taking instructions from the PM' means the opposite of what it means in normal life

Goldsmith changed mind on war legality

Former attorney general Lord Goldsmith today described how he gave the "green light" for military action against Iraq just a month after expressing concerns about the legality of the war.

Richard Ingrams's Week: Was Cook sacked on the orders of George Bush?

When he appeared before the Chilcot inquiry on Wednesday, Jack Straw, they said, became the first serving cabinet minister to express "deep regret" about the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the thousands of deaths that resulted.

Goldsmith complained about 'legality of war' statement

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith complained that Ministers put him in a "difficult position" by claiming Britain could use force against Iraq without a further United Nations mandate, it was revealed today.

Goldsmith had doubts over legality of Iraq war

Attorney general was not bullied into backing invasion, says Blair's ex-chief of staff
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