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Another payday lender has been rapped for misleading advertising today.

Kerry Katona reveals her alcoholism

Kerry Katona has admitted for the first time she is an alcoholic, it has been reported.

Mark Steel: It's not about great men, but those who put them there

Millions now believe that their actions can change the world

Terence Blacker: When did bullying become acceptable?

It is a rather bewildering contradiction of our increasingly peculiar society that, while cruelty in everyday life is the subject of unprecedented disapproval, it is positively celebrated and encouraged in the world of entertainment.

D J Taylor: Beyond belief

The Bottom Line: Our commentator seeks out the truths behind seven days of ungodly transport, mouthy comics, flawed celebrity and a mauling by the Beast of Bolsover

Matthew Norman: Anyone would be better than Brown – even Kerry Katona

The mystery is why enough doubt persists for Charles Clarke to feel obliged to launch another Exocet

Editor-At-Large: Wake up Gordon and Nick, you've no idea about the cost of living

As families struggle to make ends meet in our failing economy, do our politicians need a reality check about ordinary lives?

Katona given two-week bankruptcy reprieve

Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona was given a further two-week reprieve at the High Court today in her bankruptcy battle with the taxman.

Libel payout for Katona over 'prostitute' claim

TV personality Kerry Katona today accepted substantial undisclosed damages over a claim that she worked as a prostitute before becoming famous.

Celebrities face new degree of scrutiny

Female celebrities have long been the subject of public fascination. Now they have become a subject of fascination to academics. Sociologists have turned their collective grey matter towards fathoming the behaviour of Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and other women in the limelight.

King of tittle-tattle quits to reveal all

As Mark Frith steps down as editor of 'Heat', Katy Guest imagines how the title might report his passing

Deborah Orr: Even the French can't do presidential cavorting with any sense of style

So the highly conventional wisdom was right all along. People holding high political office really do need to be married. Look no further than Nicolas Sarkozy to see what can happen when a president is single. No one in the world – apart, perhaps, from the deluded Sarkozy himself – really believes his guff about standing against hypocrisy, because there's no hypocrisy involved in having a girlfriend when you are unattached. The hypocrisy comes when the entire culture colludes in helping politicians to hide things that they wish to hide.

Hermione Eyre: I have seen the future, and it is dark

It is clearly a very exciting time to be a computational cosmologist ... and that's before Lily Allen pops up

Decline and fall of the C-list female celebrity memoirs

The market in female celebrity biographies, which normally guarantee rich pickings at Christmas, has slumped as consumers turn their backs on C-list celebrity tales.

Role models of the year: Why it's Back to Black and back again for Amy

A celeb-land year is much shorter than a human one, so they have a lot to pack in
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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss