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  • Chris Smith: The BBC deserves better than this
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Ever since it was established, the BBC has been based on three fundamental principles that have helped to ensure its importance and its quality. The first is that it is independent of government. It is a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster; I...

  • Letters: Celebrity 'Big Brother'
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Sir: Whilst I am appalled by the behaviour of the coven (Jade, Jo and Danielle), their bullying, language and crass stupidity I am equally appalled by some of the sloppy media coverage of the events in the Big Brother house. This is not a race argume...

  • Leading article: The BBC must adapt to changed circumstances
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    It does seem as if the Government has decided to impose a relatively stringent settlement on the BBC as a point of principle; as if to show that broadcasting will be treated like every other public service in the new atmosphere of austerity in the pu...

  • Letters: Panic-tales of global warming
    Thursday, 18 January 2007

    Sir: It was refreshing to read Dominic Lawson's article "Alarmism based on dubious economics" (16 January), a moment of calm reflection in an atmosphere of near-panic in The Independent on global warming. Any sensible person is concerned at the aggre...

  • Leading article: A saga of failure and grandiose follies
    Thursday, 18 January 2007

    Yet these sort of problems are part of a larger picture. An internal Home Office report this week warned of chaos in the UK's border controls, with immigration officers under pressure to allow foreign travellers into Britain, even when there are doub...

  • The Third Leader: Happy shoppers
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    And while we in this space will always be sparing on advice on how to live your lives, believing there are all too many others to do that (no names, no pack drill, but many of them meet every Thursday in Downing Street), I felt there were, neverthele...

  • Leading article: Haunted by Iraq
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Mr Hain's invective was fierce. "The neo-con mission," he said, "has failed. It's not only failed to provide a coherent international policy, it's failed wherever it's been tried, and it's failed with the American electorate." It had also, he added, ...

  • Leading article: An unflattering mirror to our society
    Thursday, 18 January 2007

    But the racist taunting of the Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty by a bunch of neanderthal C-list celebrities in the latest series has descended to new depths, which even Endemol must be beginning to regret. And so it should. Yesterday even the Chancellor...

  • The Third Leader: Wish you were here
    Thursday, 18 January 2007

    In fact, they have a surpassing, if uncompromising, beauty, and a feel of the Highlands about them, one that has already achieved disunion. The weather can be bleak, but, between showers, the light has an invigorating clarity. The wildlife is remarka...

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