Extraordinary open letter from Vince Cable"s wife Rachel Smith hits back at MoS columnist who wrote of "alien nation" – and backs…

Britain needs immigration: Extraordinary open letter from Vince Cable's wife hits back at MoS columnist who wrote of 'alien nation' – and backs husband's mansion tax Rachel Cable responds to provocative column by Peter Hitchens'Most newcomers are either students or migrants with skills Britain needs'Mansion tax 'would help bridge widening gap between rich and poor | UPDATED: 22:42 GMT, 22 December 2012 Vince Cable's wife Rachel wrote an open letter defending Britain's immigration policy and backing her husband's policy of a mansion tax The wife of Business Secretary Vince Cable has written an extraordinary open letter defending the UK’s stance on immigration – and backing her husband’s controversial idea of a mansion tax. Rachel Cable was responding to a provocative polemic in last week’s Mail on Sunday by Peter Hitchens, who argued that British society was undergoing an irreversible transformation. Our columnist drew on recently released census data to highlight the decline of the UK’s manufacturing industry, London’s increasing detachment from the rest of the country, the decline of Christianity and marriage and the cultural changes wrought by immigration.

So you want to legalise cannabis? You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg

So you want to legalise cannabis You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 16 December 2012 Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling Cannabis Cookies in the supermarkets, and the drug itself will be available at your local corner shop. You can guess which famous brand names will be on the packets.

The good ship "Tory Party" is finished – please keep calm and head for the lifeboats

The good ship 'Tory Party' is finished – please keep calm and head for the lifeboats | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 2 December 2012 Hijab: Respect candidate Yvonne Ridley after the declaration at the Rotherham by-election count It is quite clear to any thinking person that the Tory Party is now a corpse. Any idea that David Cameron could or would revive it must have died at the Rotherham by-election. This astonishing result must surely be the most humiliating treatment of a major political party in modern history