Safer driving The government is clamping down on dangerous driving and is discussing the introduction of a retest for offenders, while 20mph zones are planned to appear around schools. Tony Blair described it as "totally unacceptable" that 15 children are killed or injured each day on Britain's roads, and he is aiming for a 40 per cent reduction in road deaths by 2010.
Brady's right to die The Moors murderer Ian Brady went back to court for the first time in 34 years to plead for his own death. He has conducted a 152-day hunger strike and has been force-fed through a tube as a result. The court will have to consider the issue of whether a convicted murderer has any kind of rights.
Brown's carrot Gordon Brown, in an attempt to ease the move back to work, is making up to £400 available to people who have spent more than 12 months without a job. Eager to distinguish his approach from Norman Tebbit's famous "On Your Bike" comment, the Chancellor said he was "On Our Side". But in his version of "three strikes and you're out", he threatened to withdraw jobseeker's allowance from anyone who refused three jobs.
Pet passports The government has relaxed the quarantine laws, allowing pets to cross the Channel without any delay in quarantine. After an extensive series of veterinary tests and bureaucratic documentation, pet passports can now be obtained. Many people think the measure is overdue: 3,000 animals have died in quarantine in the UK in the past 30 years.
Looted art? Around 350 paintings in Britain's art galleries, including works by Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse, may have been stolen from Jewish families during the war. A committee of museum directors, which records all those pieces acquired by the museums of Britain between 1933 and 1945, has not been able to trace the previous onwers for these paintings.