Arts and Entertainment David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

Unite pulls out of university project

Obituary: Eric Mackerness

ERIC MACKERNESS was a long-serving and distinguished member of the teaching staff at Sheffield University.

Books: Farewell to Sligger, Beetles and bottom-patting Oscar

Fred Inglis says goodbye, and good riddance, to the creepy time- servers and intellectual nonentities of old Oxbridge

Letter: Post-mortem ethics

Sir: The distressing experiences of Jeremy and Sandra McKenzie ("Baby organ scandal", letter, 9 December) highlight the need for bereaved parents and other relatives to have a full explanation of the purpose of post-mortem examinations and of their legal basis.

Blair `faces same end as Thatcher'

TONY BLAIR has been warned that his "control freakery" could result in him losing touch with Labour Party members, and then losing power.

FOCUS: BABIES AT RISK; Mothers who kill: not as rare as we think

Last week Sally Clark was convicted of murdering her two babies. She said they were `cot death' victims. How many other parents have done the same?

Obituary: Norman Thompson

NORMAN THOMPSON joined the Department of Physics at Bristol University in 1933, and, apart from the years of the Second World War and a sabbatical year in the United States, he remained there until his retirement in 1975. He had joined the department at the same time as Nevill Mott, and he was the last survivor of those pre-war days.

Real Life: Come as you are

On TV, in magazines - now there's even a photographic exhibition devoted to the female orgasm. Enough, says DEBORAH ORR

Missing matter may be found in mine-shaft

THE FIRST hints that scientists may be on the path to solving one of the biggest conundrums in the universe were revealed yesterday by physicists in search of the mysterious missing matter of space.

Books: Shining in the darkness

Richard Canning admires a brilliant illuminator of troubled family life; The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tibn Picador, pounds 15, 263pp

Which Way 99: student file: the sky's the limit

going to university isn't just about working hard. It's also about meeting new people and having new experiences. And what better way than to join a club?

New inquiry into child harm disorder

THE CONTROVERSIAL diagnosis of Munchausen's by proxy, a form of child abuse that can end in death, is to be investigated by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Eclipse: Quotes of the Day

"The next one in Britain is in 2090, and I will be retired by then." Howard Ilett, 81, an astronomer who also saw the 1927 eclipse.
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

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Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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