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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

  • Leading article: A saga that reflects badly on the Conservative Party
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and its biggest donor, released a statement yesterday revealing that he is a "non-domiciled" resident of the UK. What this means is that Lord Ashcroft pays UK tax on his British earnings, b...

  • Rashad Ali: Why the latest fatwa condemning terrorism is a positive step forward
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

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  • Leading article: This is not the revolution that the BBC needs
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    Yet peer into the detail of yesterday's document and the proposed economies begin to look rather more superficial. Several sections of the BBC website that are to be closed are already defunct. And there is an ominous promise to build up the "quality...

  • Letters: A mythical mandate
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Add in the fact that many voters have little idea quite what the parties stand for. Throw in the reflection that parties differ in the resources available to advertise. And stir in the fact that political posters and soundbites are often misleading. ...

  • Leading article: Jacob Zuma's economic tightrope
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Zimbabwe is a good drum for Mr Zuma to beat, for it will draw attention away from the deepening divisions among the supporters of his government and from the latest embarrassing row about his sex life. On the political front his supporters on the lef...

  • Maurice Frankel: An important blow has been struck for freedom of information
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    The Government had been proposing to create a new FOI exemption, blocking access to cabinet materials less than 20 years old. This was to have been included in a package, which the Commons votes on today, which also requires old government files to b...

  • Letters: The Yorkshire Ripper
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    As chairman of the staff association representing 140,000 police officers across England and Wales, I know that police officers are accustomed to seeing the nastier side of society, but we too are shocked when someone commits a string of hideous and ...

  • Jaci Stephen: Excitement at meeting Matthew Rhys sent me flying off my shoes
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    The first time was at the King's Head in Santa Monica on Friday, where all the Welsh gathered to watch our national side against France in the Six Nations rugby. The second was on Saturday, where even more Welsh gathered at the Palihouse Hotel in Wes...

  • Leading article: Ease up on Argentina
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    To which the Prime Minister's spokesman retorted: "We welcome the support of the Secretary of State in terms of ensuring that we continue to keep diplomatic channels open but there is no need for that." Which is diplospeak for saying, "thanks, but no...

  • Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens & Houriya Ahmed: To be be effective, this fatwa needs to find popular purchase
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    It is an unequivocal denunciation of suicide bombings and terrorism. Dr Qadri criticises others who condemn acts of terror, while at the same time providing a catalogue of excuses for it. Addressing the audience at the fatwa launch in Westminster he ...

  • Nerm: Don't close down these valued radio stations
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    A few weeks ago, before all the recent turbulence, the station called time on my weekend specialist music show "Electro East" as well as canning my more serene colleague Pathaan. To apply the Asian Network's analogy to an archetypal Asian family; Ele...

  • Carola Long: Could we please keep our clothes on?
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    The reason for the installation is undoubtedly a laudable one – it's to support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and as Tunick said, "gay men and women lay naked next to their straight neighbours and this delivered a very strong message to the ...

  • Herman van Rompuy: Far from being in terminal decline, Europe's best days lie ahead
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    The last few weeks and months, certain signs of long-term changes came to the surface. The results and dealings of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen last December constituted one such sign. Europe was waiting in the corridor, while the US and China...

  • Sir Christopher Bland: A radical change in the Corporation's vision of itself
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    I don't listen to BBC 6 Music or the Asian Network, and people who do will no doubt want to argue about their closure. I'm not sure whether they've targeted the right stations, but the fact is that the BBC should review what it does every five years ...

  • Leading article: Orange revolution
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    They've lured Paddington away from Marmite, presumably after agreeing to match the Peruvian's sizeable wage demands (plus a cut for his agent, Michael Bond). Robertson hopes that Paddington will fill the gap left by its much loved, but also controver...

  • John Curtice: Voters are looking afresh at Gordon Brown
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    The YouGov poll in The Sunday Times suggesting that the Conservative lead was down to two points grabbed the headlines. But there was doubt about whether it might just represent random variation around the 5-6 point lead suggested by other recent pol...

  • Daniel Howden: Zuma - A leader paralysed by his promises
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Less than a year after winning the general election, the desire among ANC supporters to make a break from the divisive era of Thabo Mbeki has left them with a different, but equally dangerous, problem. Mr Zuma built support within the ruling alliance...

  • Gordon Prentice: Ashcroft has fallen into line, and a wrong has been righted
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    It is not just that Ashcroft provided the money. He has formulated and directed the strategy too – setting out a game plan on how to win the swing constituencies by a sustained, long-term campaign running over years, not weeks or months. An outpourin...

  • Ged Bailes: Some fears cannot be overcome
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    For those of us who work with patients in secure hospitals, the tension between helping these individuals with a severe mental illness who have committed the most serious offences and public concern at the risk that they may re-offend is something we...

  • Leading article: The whirligig of time
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    But it's the principle of the thing. Here we are, mere mortals, thinking time was a constant and we had to adjust to it. And there, out there in nature's realm, there are trends slowing it down and events speeding it up. What's more we learn that, ev...

  • Ian Burrell: A 64-page statement of the obvious
    Wednesday, 3 March 2010

    The 64-page document unveiled was largely an exercise in semantics. It set out five areas of priority for the BBC, in brushstrokes so broad – "the best journalism in the world", "ambitious UK drama and comedy", "outstanding children's content" – that...

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