It's been a bad week for…

Manners. Not content with the amount of free publicity it received after Lord Irvine graced his walls with its u300 a roll Pugin-style paper at taxpayers' expense, wallpaper company Walker Greenbank has ungraciously slammed the Government for enacting policies which have lost the company u600,000.

The UK's human rights record. At great embarrassment to the Government, Amnesty International is considering adopting peace campaigner Lindis Percy as its first English prisoner of conscience. Percy was jailed for nine months for trespassing at a secret US spybase. Percy's supporters say she was never a threat to security and has been imprisoned for her beliefs.