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Former Royal Opera House boss must tackle low staff morale amid strikes over jobs, workload and bullying claims

Editorial: Lessons from Pollard that the BBC still has to learn

There is probably no organisation on earth that would come up smelling only of roses if its underbelly were picked over as exhaustively as the BBC's editorial processes have been in the wake of the Jimmy Savile affair.

Ben Chu: What sort of welfare state does James Purnell want?

I’m instinctively well disposed to James Purnell’s attempts to bolster public support for the welfare state. But I can’t help noticing that he sounds quite muddled on the subject.

Matthew Norman: In the interests of his party, Clegg must walk the plank

His Icarus-style descent isn't fair. One of the good guys, he doesn't deserve the unthinking demonisation in which too many of us have lazily indulged

'500,000 on sick benefits are fit to work' claims minister

Half a million people who currently claim sickness benefits are fit to start work immediately, a minister has suggested.

David Goodhart: Labour can have its own coalition too

A group called Blue Labour want to combine social conservatism with leftist economics

The Business On... Ed Richards, Chief executive, Ofcom

The man of the moment?

John Rentoul: Unaccustomed as they are....

The maiden speeches of new Commons arrivals reveal promising wit and entertaining Europhobia

Leading article: This election must be about policies and not personalities

The most important issue facing voters is the handling of the economy

John Rentoul: Purnell's flight shows his party's plight

The decision of one of its stars to quit politics suggests that Labour is facing a crisis of self-confidence

Blairite star Purnell quits as MP

As Labour unveils ‘A future fair for all’ campaign slogan, former minister tipped as future leader shocks party

Steve Richards: An original thinker who realised that the public has lost faith in politicians

Purnell moved on from the Blair era, arguing that New Labour was paralysed by caution

Ex-minister James Purnell to quit Parliament

Former Cabinet minister James Purnell will stand down from Parliament at the general election, he announced today.

Steve Richards: The false promise of romantic ideas

Practical politicians raise taxpayer money. Romantics just sing along to John Lennon

John Rentoul: That's the last challenge to Brown. Pity...

David Miliband seemed to have flunked his final chance to go for the top job, but his long-term chances are unscathed
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried