7 Days

Cabinet crunch? Government aides were forced to deny Cabinet splits over the euro, following pro-euro statements by the Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Mandelson. Meanwhile, Tony Blair's speech at the annual Confederation of British Industry dinner highlighted differences between the Labour government and the CBI over EU policy.

The rising menace Gurbux Singh, the new chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, warned that police must improve their protection of ethnic minorities in the UK. His appeal follows a dramatic increase in racially motivated incidents nationwide between 1999 and 2000. In London alone, 23,346 were recorded during this period.

The downward spiral Labour's once considerable lead in opinion polls has fallen dramatically. The party's lead is now only 7 points, at 41 per cent, while the Tories have risen to 34 per cent. Labour's misfortunes are also good news for the Liberal Democrats: their support is now up to 18 per cent.

At the crossroads . . . Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party finally set a timetable for elections in Zimbabwe. The polls are scheduled to open on 24-25 June, despite escalating civil unrest in which 5,000 acts of violence have already occurred.

No arguing with the governor Prince Charles, delivering one of this year's Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4, condemned current applications of EU technology. He argued for a return to "reverence for the natural world . . . [and] to become . . . aware of the relationship between God, man and creation".

Bad habits Up to 25 per cent of all UK drivers admit to taking to the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a new report revealed. This conclusion came from a survey of 1,000 drivers by Research Surveys of Great Britain.