The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the system had "utterly failed" the "most vulnerable people in detention"
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Tuesday 20 October 2009
Liverpool were unable to fly Javier Mascherano and Emiliano Insua back from Argentina in time to face Sunderland last Saturday because, unlike Barcelona and Manchester City, the club were unwilling to pay for a private plane.
Monday 12 October 2009
Oprah Winfrey has had pretty good luck in litigation during her career. Back in 1998 she won a Texas defamation case brought by cattlemen who weren't thrilled when she said she'd sworn off burgers on a show about mad cow disease.
Sunday 16 August 2009
Sunday 16 August 2009
Say what you will about David Cameron – and in the past this paper has said a great deal – he is no one's fool. He realises to a greater extent than many politicians the space that has opened up between the people and the political classes. His proposal, leaked last week, to curb ministerial pay if the Tories get elected suggests that he, unlike Alan Duncan, has some notion of how people feel about the pay and perks of ministers when they take the brunt of recession.
Sunday 09 August 2009
No wonder many women find politics a turn-off and the idea of a career in Parliament less than appealing. Just look at the amount of vindictive press Harriet Harman attracted over the past seven days. If a mouthy, intelligent female – who, won an open election for her job, unlike her male superior – gets described as "thick" and "an idiot" by that repulsive shagger Rod Liddle in The Spectator, and is relentlessly pilloried day after day in the tabloids, it's no wonder her colleagues, Caroline Flint, Ruth Kelly and Jacqui Smith have jumped ship.
Wednesday 05 August 2009
The mystery is solved. It was never entirely clear why Hillary Clinton accepted the job of Secretary of State in Barack Obama's cabinet after her narrow defeat in the Democratic primary elections. The salary was nothing special for someone with her profile. Politically it was a move sideways. And one presumes she did not take it in expectation of a stress-free life.
Monday 20 July 2009
Wednesday 15 July 2009
A helicopter and a private jet remain on standby for Ross Fisher ahead of this week's Open Championship at Turnberry. Fisher was back in Scotland yesterday, two days after finishing eighth in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, but remains poised to drop everything and fly to London to be with his wife, Jo, who is expecting their first child.
Thursday 09 July 2009
When it comes to public pronouncements on science, Prince Charles has a far from spotless track record. His views on homeopathy and nanotechnology are, frankly, rather loopy.
Friday 26 June 2009
Nine months ago, he was interviewed on business television saying, "yes, it is fun being a billionaire". Yesterday, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and with his hands manacled in front of him, Allen Stanford had something different to say: "Not guilty, your honour."
Thursday 25 June 2009
Two decades since winning the Palme d'Or for Sex, Lies and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh returns with another film dissecting the sexual mores of the American middle classes. If you count his recent Che double bill as two separate films, The Girlfriend Experience is his 20th movie in as many years – a remarkable achievement by anyone's standards. Such a prolific output has not always brought stellar results – whether it's the two Ocean's Eleven sequels or the Second World War noir The Good German. Not so The Girlfriend Experience, one of the most engaging and astute works of Soderbergh's career.
Thursday 25 June 2009
There are now more millionaires in China than in Britain, according to the latest authoritative survey of the super-rich. The Capgemini/Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report reveals that by the end of last year there were 362,000 "high net worth" people in the UK, down from 491,000 in 2007 and 2,000 fewer than the researchers say live in China. "High net worth" is defined as those who have "investable assets" exceeding $1m (£607m) that is excluding their homes, collectables and consumer goods.
Thursday 18 June 2009
Tuesday 02 June 2009
The "marvellous" city, as Rio de Janeiro likes to be known, was a city grieving last night. Anguished friends and relatives gathered at Terminal 2 of Rio's international airport, awaiting news. The Mayor, Eduardo Paes, was among those who lost friends. "I don't think that there's any hope left really for any of us who are waiting here for news," he said.
Thursday 28 May 2009
While Sergio Garcia was in the media centre here yesterday pouring out his heart regarding his recent split from Greg Norman's daughter (apparently Morgan-Leigh dumped him), Shane Lowry was out on the course preparing for a first date.
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street