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

PCC adjudication

The Press Complaints Commission has investigated whether an article published on The Independent website under the headline “Chainsaw death was ‘carefully thought through suicide’”, contained excessive detail about the method of suicide used in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) of the Code.

Claire Beale on Advertising: ‘Advertisers have had a stay of execution’

Spotted: a silver lining. Only sterling silver, but a lining nonetheless. And for once adland has the Government to thank.

Mandelson has his revenge as Osborne admits 'mistake'

George Osborne has tried to move on from the donations row by admitting that he made a mistake by becoming involved in discussions over a donation from the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Meet the Press Complaints Commission's new line-up

A new line-up of the Press Complaints Commission met for the first time last week. PCC director Tim Toulmin explains who's who

My Week In Media: Lembit Opik

Last week I watched...
BBC News 24. The Obama-Clinton race for the Democrat candidacy is such an oddity. It reminds me of The West Wing. I know Ohio quite well as I used to work there one week a month for Procter & Gamble, before I became an MP, and I thought Hillary would be their kind of gal. But the drama of Obama is large in the unpredictability of the results. Obviously, I watched the news of the referendum vote. I voted with Nick Clegg because he is an expert on Europe and I didn't want to read the 200 pages of the EU Treaty myself when I trusted his judgement. He is under zero threat to his leadership. Even the people who resigned don't want him to go. We're a pretty close-knit little team and when the Lib Dems have arguments, we do it in a respectful way.

Task force considers the 'Werther effect'

One question considered by the special task force of police, health and social services set up in Bridgend to review the spate of suicides is whether they are examples of the "Werther effect", the name given to suicide clusters after the title of a novel by Goethe.

Vickery admits England are back to square one

Jonny Wilkinson, Andy Farrell, Jason Robinson... now that the big names are queueing up to play rather than queueing for treatment, the red-rose faithful are talking about England hanging on to the World Cup they won in 2003, rather than handing it back this autumn with a mumbled apology for having ideas above their station.

Bill Hagerty on the press: Alarm bells are ringing over royals' special privacy rights

The European Court of Human Rights sure started something when it ruled that Princess Caroline of Monaco and her family should not have been photographed skiing and playing tennis in public. To begin with, the decision was considered by media lawyers in the UK to strengthen the case for a privacy law - something the industry would welcome with the same enthusiasm it would afford the Black Death. Secondly, it supplied ammunition for those charged with shielding public figures from the public eye.

Bill Hagerty on the press

Editors should not rejoice at their tormentor's departure

'Express' owner in new race inquiry

Richard Desmond, already under fire for an extraordinary tirade against Germans, now faces fresh allegations of xenophobia - this time over the content of his newspaper, the Daily Express.

The Media Column: The PCC must return to its roots, when all editors quailed before it

Few would disagree that the Press Complaints Commission does not live up to the claims of its three-F slogan. Fast: yes.

I won't befriend editors, new PCC chief pledges

The new director of the Press Complaints Commission has promised to avoid making friends with newspaper editors in an attempt to end claims that the watchdog is too close to the industry.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links