News Unspoken: Netmums’ Siobhan Freegard says child mental health is a taboo subject

Parents are often wide of the mark when it comes to their youngsters’ fears

Sean O'Grady: The banks are in the right

Maybe, just maybe, we have now reached the natural limits of the crass, facile consumerism that kicked off the 1970s with Esther Rantzen, heaven help us, as its vicar on Earth. We have, sadly, reached a point where a rigid dogma dominates the public's economic thinking – that big companies are always wrong, profits are always excessive, banks always greedy, and bosses always fat cats.

Matthew Norman: Online can be a bamboozling term

Reflecting on a week of unrelenting excitement even by his standards, an indelicate question poses itself about Rupert Murdoch. Is the old boy finally losing it?

Sharp rise reported in child abuse by women

The number of children reporting sexual abuse by women to ChildLine has more than doubled over the past five years, it was revealed today.

Action on Britain's epidemic of pill addiction

Peer to use House of Lords speech to reveal relative's addiction to prescription drug

Steve Richards: A fine example of how not to govern

The spat between Balls and Sheerman shows the danger of these half-hearted reforms

Survivors gather to pay tribute to 'British Schindler'

Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Yesterday 22 of them returned to Prague to thank him

Terence Blacker: Politics has no place for these celebrities

The much-publicised campaign which encouraged members of the public to photograph MPs enjoying their holidays in some unexplained sleazy way has not been going terribly well. The campaign group behind MP Holiday Watch must have hoped that it would produce something at least faintly embarrassing – Eric Pickles in speedos perhaps, or Hazel Blears windsurfing – but so far there have been slim pickings: a couple of shots of Peter Mandelson in shorts, a rather desperate report that Alan Duncan was staying at a "luxury hotel" in Bali, and that's about it.

Esther Rantzen: You Ask The Questions

Esther Rantzen answers your questions, including: Why do you want to be an MP? And be honest: have you ever had plastic surgery?

Rantzen will stand as MP for Luton South

Broadcaster Esther Rantzen made a surprise visit to Luton yesterday to officially announce her decision to stand as an MP.

Rantzen bids to become MP

Esther Rantzen will bid to become MP for Luton South at the next General Election, she announced today.

Alan Watkins: This is a farce, but the timing is dire

If Labour is incapable of organising a reshuffle in a brewery, how is it ever to get rid of Gordon Brown?

Philip Hensher: English should not just be a subject for girls

I have often sat at the front of an undergraduate class in English literature and observed that the class is mainly, and sometimes overwhelmingly, female. Nobody apart from me ever seems to think this is at all odd. English literature as a subject, rather than a thing, has for years, and perhaps since its academic founding, been regarded as a female subject. And yet English literature as a thing, rather than a subject, is overwhelmingly written by men, and before the 19th century almost exclusively so.

Pandora: Esther wins her most important endorsement

Esther Rantzen may have the unyielding support of the 24-hour news brigade, but not everyone has been quite so easy to win over in her bid to stand as an independent MP.

Dry rot MP says: 'I did no wrong'

Margaret Moran, the Labour MP berated for her expenses claims, accused critics of hounding her out of her job after announcing she would stand down at the next election.

Leading article: Crimes, punishment and responding to public anger

The response to the MPs' expenses scandal has been perilously uneven
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