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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

  • Leading article: The death of a great 20th century radical
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    So how can this remarkable transition from national rejection to national embrace be explained? The answer lies, partly, in the fact that Foot belonged to quite a different political era, one that was so comprehensively ended by the Thatcher revoluti...

  • Paul Vallely: He was a beacon for believers in reform. Now he is back in jail
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Jon Venables, along with his playmate Robert Thompson, was the youngest person charged with murder in the UK in the modern era. Their crime haunted the nation most particularly because their abduction of the toddler James Bulger on 13 February 1993 –...

  • Kenneth O Morgan: A uniquely lovable figure in public life, he symbolises a lost world
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    He was a central figure in post-war Old Labour's last phase, and was largely responsible for keeping the second Wilson and Callaghan governments in office. Less happily, he also became Labour's leader from 1980 to 1983, a veteran who inspired deep af...

  • John Kampfner: Gordon Brown too is shamed by Iraq
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Logic suggests the Prime Minister will fail in these endeavours. History suggests he deserves to. Indeed one can argue that Brown's role in Iraq was even more inglorious than Blair's. At least, one could argue, one knew where Blair stood on the princ...

  • 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: Televised political debates
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    By the time the debates take place, the already over-coached trio will have been schooled in how to look confident without appearing arrogant, how and when to smile, even how to stand. If the coaches do their jobs the candidates will be oozing sincer...

  • Leading article: Signs of life in the peace process
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Just when even inveterate optimists were turning sceptical about the feasibility of the two-state solution that – it has been assumed – will underpin any lasting agreement, there is movement. Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo this week,...

  • Mark Seddon: He really was a Tribune of the People
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Most of us are mere bystanders as the great events of state, of peace and war, pass us by. Michael throughout much of the last century was an active participant, helping to shape those events, or better still challenging them. I first met him on the ...

  • Liz Hoggard: This is what the BBC does best
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    It's not been the finest week for the BBC, as it announces £6m of cuts. No one can be happy that staff jobs are threatened. But I can't help being heartened by the promise that it will concentrate on more quality drama, documentary, culture and arts....

  • Simon Bates: Mobiles give young people the freedom to make smart choices
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    As part of the team that regulates phone-paid services – everything from TV voting and competition shows to mobile ringtones and games – we're well aware of the potential risks for kids and teenagers. Young adults are less concerned about the securit...

  • Lisa Markwell: When there are streets to roam...
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    As my 13-year-old might say, well, duh. They roam around, these fully made-up girls and boys with pseudo pimp-roll walks, with brains and bodies restless after a day cooped up, eager for stimulation but lacking the funds or maturity to do what we'd d...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: At sixes and sevens
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    That a particular station – or any other BBC activity for that matter – has high-profile and well-connected advocates, however, can be only one strand in the argument. The 6 Music station was, until its closure hove into view, a very minority taste i...

  • Steve Connor: Eco-paradise is 'Galapagos for plants'
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Looking east from this vantage point you face the coast of Chile some 414 miles away. It was from here that the deadly tsunami had come to batter and deluge the inhabitants of Juan Bautista village nestling in the bay below. I have hiked from one end...

  • Guy Adams: They love a police drama at the Oscars
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    The visit took several hours, and was one of many inconveniences I've undergone to convince The Academy that I'm not a terrorist. The process of getting "cleared" began in October when I filled in detailed forms requesting an invitation, and continue...

  • 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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