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Yesterday the Environment Secretary said Somerset Levels residents were ‘right to be angry’

Adrian Hamilton: The shadow of a monstrous power

He has the power to propel policy where it matters to him because the cost of quarrelling with him appears too great

Leading article: Rupert Murdoch gets his political payback

There is something fishy about this meeting of minds between News Corp and the Government

Media rivals cry foul as Murdoch wins battle for full control of BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation empire was yesterday given Government approval to take full control of BSkyB, a decision that was derided as a "whitewash" by media rivals and "cavalier" by political opponents.

Murdoch moves step nearer BSkyB takeover

Rupert Murdoch's controversial bid to take full control of BSkyB was boosted today when the Government backed proposals to spin off Sky News as part of any deal.

Murdoch set to get his way as bid for BSkyB nears approval

The Government is on the verge of giving the go-ahead to Rupert Murdoch's controversial attempt to take full ownership of BSkyB in return for the media mogul releasing control of the 24-hour news channel Sky News.

Rupert Murdoch 'offers to sell Sky News'

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has offered to sell Sky News to allay concerns about the media giant's takeover bid for British Sky Broadcasting, it was reported tonight.

Murdoch given time to prove his BSkyB bid will not harm competition

Miliband criticises concession offered to media mogul

David Prosser: A quick and painless way to end Hunt's BSkyB dilemma

Outlook Just get on with it. That's the advice Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, should be listening to as he ponders what to do with the hot potato that is News Corp's bid for full control of Sky. Mr Hunt has had Ofcom's recommendation on how the News Corp bid should be handled since New Year's Eve. The regulator is widely believed to have told him the case should be referred to the Competition Commission for a full investigation into whether the deal would threaten the plurality of the UK's media. So why, three weeks on, has that referral not come?

Lib Dem candidate Vincent McKee suspended over fraud claims

A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate was suspended by the party today after allegations that a company he runs was overcharging students.

Leading article: A threat to Labour's credibility

Alan Johnson's inability to tell a Sky News interviewer over the weekend the rate of national insurance paid by employers was merely the latest in a string of unconvincing performances. Before taking up the job of shadow Chancellor, Mr Johnson seemed unsure whether VAT was levied on food. And since being appointed to his post in October, he has sent out confusing messages over how quickly Labour would cut the deficit and the party's attitude towards a graduate tax. It is unsurprising therefore that, even within his party, some are beginning to mutter about his suitability for the post.

Ashes reaction: Mike Gatting has no sympathy for Australia

Former England captain Mike Gatting has little sympathy for Australia after they succumbed to a record Ashes defeat on home turf.

Sky News to launch foreign language service

Sky News today announced plans for its first foreign language service in a move that will see it broadcast in Arabic across the Middle East and north Africa.

The British General Election of 2010, By Dennis Kavanagh &amp; Philip Cowley<br />Hung Together, By Adam Boulton &amp; Joey Jones<br />22 Days in May, By David Laws

History was made at the last election. And now, the coalition deal done, the truth can be told

BBC's Nick Robinson 'not ashamed' after stamping on protester's sign

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said he was "not remotely ashamed" after being filmed stamping on an anti-war protester's sign.

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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