We must nurture political correctness

It is the racist comments with a sliver of fact nestling at their heart that are most dangerous

Duke of Edinburgh forced to apologise for racist remark

THE DUKE of Edinburgh hurriedly apologised yesterday for a racist remark that suggested Indians were shoddy workers.

Yet another race slur trips off the Duke's tongue

THE DUKE of Edinburgh hurriedly apologised yesterday for a racist remark he made about Indians that suggested they were shoddy workers.

Archer insults generation of black London women

JEFFREY ARCHER'S bid to become mayor of London was in danger of imploding last night after he described a generation of black women as badly dressed and overweight.

Archer insults older black women

First Among Gaffes

Tory rivals for mayor named

TORY FRONTRUNNERS Jeffrey Archer and Steven Norris are on a shortlist of eight for the party's candidacy for mayor of London, it was announced last night.

Major backs Archer as mayor

JEFFREY ARCHER claimed heavyweight backing for his campaign to become mayor of London last night after winning the support of John Major and Henry Cooper, the former boxer.

How to stop Jeffrey Archer becoming mayor of London

THERE IS a rumour. It may be completely untrue, but like the lie that is half-way round the world before the truth has got its shoes on, it seems to have become accepted fact among the habitues of the bars of Westminster and the pubs of Millbank. The story goes that the fundamentalist mullahs now running the Labour Party have wasted pounds 15,000 commissioning an opinion poll to see what would happen if I stood as an independent candidate for mayor of London!

Working the benefit system

When Big Jack embarked on his 134th Nobby Stiles anecdote the Cowdreys exchanged despairing looks

Sack lazy life peers, says Jeffrey Archer

LAZY life peers who fail to speak and vote in the House of Lords will be thrown out along with hereditary peers, under proposals to be put to Parliament tomorrow.

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? James Archer

Main claim

Why these works matter

IN AN AGE of well-stocked high-street chains and cut-price supermarket retailing, manybelieve public libraries have no need to stock recent bestsellers. This is true up to a point: the nation's cultural health may not require that slices of your council tax should go towards shelves full of the latest works of Jilly Cooper or Jeffrey Archer.

Letter: `Worst' schools

Sir: My plan to provide free school milk and a muesli bar to all London primary children would not cost not pounds 200m per year (report, 24 February), but around pounds 30m. Indeed, it would probably cost the taxpayer nothing at all, as I firmly believe that I would be able to get the scheme fully sponsored.

Letter: A leader for London

Sir: Your report that inner London "heads the wealth league" (10 February) is misleading. Inner London may be the top producer of wealth, but its inhabitants are far from being the richest.

Right of Reply: Jeffrey Archer

Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare replies to Richard Rogers's criticism of British cities
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?