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  • Leading article: Privacy? Yes. Secrecy? No
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The Speaker and the Prime Minister tried to use the privacy argument in their doomed attempt to prevent full disclosure of MPs' expenses. Twelve days ago, the House of Commons Commission decided, at the last minute and against its previous legal advi...

  • Alex Vines: In a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, just what is to be done?
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The twists and turns since election day meant a meeting yesterday between the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and South African President, Thabo Mbeki, was first cancelled then hastily rescheduled, after Mugabe finally emerged to make it clear that he ...

  • Norman Lebrecht: The clapped-out legacy of Karajan that impoverished classical music
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    There was a time, defined by dictatorship, to which Karajan provided the musical backdrop. He was ubiquitous in the 1970s and 1980s, a commanding cultural presence with admirers in high places. When he died in July 1989, I found myself on the Today p...

  • Stewart Lee: Noises Off
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To be fair, it is true that there are fewer jokes on television concerning Islam than there are jokes concerning Christianity, but it is a leap of faith to assume this means such jokes have been removed to protect Muslim sensibilities and BBC staff. ...

  • Erick Morillo: The view from the decks
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The partying and the clubbing have put the island on the map as a world-class destination. People think that TV show 'Ibiza Uncovered' is what it's like, but that show was the really bad side of Ibiza, and it should have been left in the dark. Ibiza ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Divas in their prime swap talent for tantrums
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    Then there was Mariah Carey, the singer whose stay in London has required simple add-ons such as a £50,000 antique table being flown in from New York to sign autographs on (one hopes she didn't sign the actual table), a £10,000 gym installed in her h...

  • Stan Hey: A betting footballer is a dead cert
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    If you're a modern footballer, the chances are that, apart from playing golf, you will have a few bets on the races. And you know a bookie anyway. He's likely to be a working-class lad like yourself, who's earned himself a few bob. The nobs who rule ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    "In this digital age," she writes, "it would seem to be an easy task to update the wee pictures accompanying each article. It feels as if I have been looking at the picture of Simon Price, with those funny wing things on his head and heavy eyebrows, ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To the Irish embassy for the launch of 'Great Hatred, Little Room', a well-timed account of the Good Friday Agreement by Tony Blair's chief of staff, Jonathan Powell. Chatter concentrated – not without relish – on the infighting among Gordon's sen...

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