See De Filippo and die

Alan Howard is starring in Eduardo de Filippo's La Grande Magia. Jasper Rees looks at the enduring legacy of the Neapolitan playwright

This prescription might do some good

Labour's health policy shows the party is willing to learn and take on change in the NHS, says Chris Ham

Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain

Sir: Virginia Bottomley's vision for the future of the NHS is most revealing for what it does not say ("So just where do we go from here?", 19 June). At no point does she refer to the benefits of competition and the market in health care. This is remarkable. For a Health Secretary who has presided over the implementation of market-oriented reforms not to emphasise the importance of competition in the future reveals far more than the priorities she does emphasise.

A health service in search of a vision

As Virginia Bottomley fights for her job, Chris Ham examines the Government's failure to provide a perspective for the NHS

LETTER: Starting point for ending bad habit

From Dr Graham F. Cope

LETTER: The truth or propaganda?

G R URBAN'S comment (Letters, 5 March) on my article on the Foreign Office's Information Research Department misses the point. Of course, the IRD was "an important source of information" for Western media in the Cold War.

REAR WINDOW : COLD WAR :The British Ministry of Propaganda

BRIBERY, subversion and propaganda were the main weapons of the Cold War. We sometimes forget, however, that they were used not only by the Soviet Union but also by Britain and the United States.

Do not censor theatre's mirror : LETTERS

From Mr David Edgar Sir: One of the disquieting aspects of the brouhaha surrounding Sarah Kane's Blasted at the Royal Court ("A very angry young woman", 23 January) is the notion that this is a somehow bad time to be pushing the boundaries of theatrical taste.

Mind over manner: Exhibition

Poussin is much more than an artist of convention. A new show at the Royal Academy reveals him to be one of the great philosophers of art

Keeping faith in the system

The church is fed up with the holy muddle the Tories have made of relig ious education, says Paul Vallely

Letter: The many ways of saying 'I love you'

Sir: Many thanks for printing the extract from George Steiner's inaugural lecture on comparative literature (12 October).

Vice-chancellors snub Shephard over speech

UNIVERSITY vice-chancellors have dealt a rebuff to Gillian Shephard, the Secretary of State for Education, by not inviting her to address their annual conference.

Key 'witness' was not called to give evidence: Although not in court during the trial of two policemen, the spotlight fell on Winston Silcott. Will Bennett reports

THE KEY figure in the month-long trial of Detective Chief Superintendent Graham Melvin and Detective Inspector Maxwell Dingle was not in court. Winston Silcott was not called to give evidence.

Local Elections: Hopefuls motivated by desire for change: Who wants to be a local councillor? Martin Whitfield canvassed the views of Birmingham election candidates

'MY WIFE said just two words to me when I was selected to stand for the council, 'You're mad',' said the Rev Richard Bashford, Church of England vicar and the newest Labour councillor on Birmingham City Council.

Letter: Psychiatric services that can serve the community

Sir: The biennial report by the Mental Health Act Commission only confirms what was already known to mental health workers, users of psychiatric services and relatives and carers: acute psychiatric care in inner cities has been in a state of crisis for some time.
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 17 April 2015
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own