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It is a curious phenomenon, that those who purport to love the Royals wilfully inflict so much misery upon them

Fans protest as bid to host World Cup falls prey to the oldest trick in the book

The Lord Triesman affair has provoked a huge backlash – but proves that kiss-and-tells can still bring down the powerful. By Cahal Milmo

Stephen Glover: PCC did not prove Liddle got it wrong

Last week the columnist and former Today programme editor, Rod Liddle, was censured by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) for writing a blog on The Spectator's website in which he claimed that the "overwhelming majority" of violent crime in London was carried out by young Afro-Caribbean men.

Experts tell England to carry out bug sweeps

Hotel where secret tape recorded 'surprised' by the breakdown in security

England warned over future bugs

England officials have been warned to sweep team venues for listening devices on a regular basis to avoid being bugged.

Pandora: Act II in tale of two critics falls flat

And so to the encore! The second half of Theatreland's most bitter feud has come to a close – and it has been remarkably similar to the first.

'Mail' article on Stephen Gately cleared by PCC

The Press Complaints Commission has expressed its regret and discomfort over an article published by the Daily Mail on the death of pop singer Stephen Gately and widely criticised as homophobic, but concluded that the newspaper had a right to publish "opinions that many readers may find unpalatable and offensive".

Joan Smith: Knowledge, not teddy, keeps a child safe at home

You couldn't make it up. First, it was compulsory sex education for teenagers. Now, five-year-olds are going to be taught it's wrong to beat women. Alan Johnson and Harriet Harman think they know better than parents; is nothing too sacred to stop meddling Labour ministers interfering? Whatever happened to the innocence of little children? I'm paraphrasing, but that's the right-wing reaction to one of the key elements of the Government's strategy to stop violence against girls and women. In reality, five-year-olds aren't going to be taught about domestic violence, although the Government believes they should be taught bullying is wrong. But let's not let facts stand in the way of a story.

The Tory peer who wants to convince us the PCC has teeth

Lady Buscombe tells Matthew Bell that the Press Complaints Commission is in the clear

Call for PCC chair to resign

Within a day of making her inaugural speech as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Baroness Buscombe is facing a call for her to resign.

Ian Burrell: Call for PCC chair to resign

Within a day of making her inaugural speech as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Baroness Buscombe is facing a call for her to resign

Ian Burrell: PCC to regulate UK bloggers?

Baroness Buscombe, the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has ambitions for her organisation that go beyond the traditional newspaper companies.

The Feral Beast: If you can't stand the heat...

So much for the sisterhood. The Observer's outgoing political editor, Gaby Hinsliff has been roundly condemned by colleagues after signing off with a 4,000-word piece about how the job ruined her family life. "I was very saddened by this," sniffed Guardian columnist Jackie Ashley on a podcast, "she has basically quit because she can't manage it." "I wasn't totally sympathetic to the thrust of the piece," chimed Obs columnist Catherine Bennett. "Lots of other jobs are infinitely harder to juggle than journalism." As Gaby may now discover.

Stephen Glover: The Guardian's phone-tapping scandal sunk by lack of evidence

I can still remember the exultant, almost mystical, look on Kirsty Wark's face as she announced that The Guardian was about to reveal a major scandal involving phone tapping and Rupert Murdoch.

Stephen Glover: This admission of guilt might be an own goal by the press

Nine out of ten people will probably sympathise with England's football manager, Fabio Capello, who has received an apology from two newspapers after being photographed on holiday on a beach. The News of the World and the Daily Mail have also paid what are described as "substantial donations" to charities chosen by Mr Capello.

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