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  • Leading article: There are limits to the public's right to know
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    The media fixation undoubtedly reflects popular feeling. The public anger towards the Bulger killers burns with the same frightening intensity of 17 years ago. And now there is huge pressure for information. The parents of James Bulger have demanded ...

  • Letters: Factory farming
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    People need cheap meat and dairy products? After many years writing about nutrition I am only too aware how an excess of such foods has led to epidemics of heart disease and cancers. Usually there are two sides to an argument. Not so in the case of i...

  • Leading article: Brown vs Blair (again)
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    Mr Brown has not been seen as the author of Britain's involvement in the war, and his role has never drawn the same popular wrath. As a Prime Minister facing a general election within weeks and a leading member of the Cabinet that made the unpopular ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: War need not figure in Iraq's future
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    The American, Russian, British and Iraqi governments supposedly hold a competition as to who can most quickly catch the greatest number of rabbits in a forest. The Americans win by offering money and visas and thousands of rabbits come bounding out o...

  • Mary Wakefield: Don't quote me crime figures in the face of this couple's suffering
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    And I'd like to keep believing it's true – that despite everything, people are getting nicer all the time. But I've begun to doubt it. The story that seeded the doubt was about a pair of 77-year-old pensioners, Kath and Albert Adams, who lived on a s...

  • E Jane Dickson: There are better things in life than Mumsnet
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    I can't, for the life of me, see why the sight of a mother feeding her child should cause offence. In a world where unfeasibly large breasts jostle for our attention from every shop window, hoarding and newsstand, you'd think we might get over oursel...

  • Leading article: Iraq steps into a fragile and uncertain future
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    The degree to which the government can organise a peaceful vote will be a test in itself. Insurgents have pledged to disrupt the election and yesterday two polling stations in Baghdad were attacked by suicide bombers. But as for the actual result, th...

  • Leading article: Celebrate the silver screen
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    And the British presence is as strong as ever, what with Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Dame Helen Mirren and Nick Hornby, not to mention the screenwriters behind In the Loop and that veteran of Oscar nights, Nick Park. With 10 contenders for Best Pict...

  • Kenan Malik: I despise him, but that's no reason to ban him
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    But I also think that he has every right to be as crude and as loathsome as he wants to be. He should be free to be as rude about me and my beliefs – indeed, about anybody's beliefs – as I am about him and his. That is the essence of robust political...

  • The truth is out there: 06/03/2010
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    *Possibly the world's first "bin man Olympics" was staged in Gumi, South Korea, this week as 500 desperate people competed for 14 jobs as road sweepers. The contestants had to sprint with a 20kg bag of rice and race against the clock to sweep 100m of...

  • Deborah Ross: 'I've never encountered a sniffer cat, a police cat, a guide cat for the blind, or a cat that has solved mysteries'
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    I've led a sheltered life, I admit – and never more so than now, as I hate to leave the house these days – but still, in all my years, I have never encountered a sniffer cat, a police cat, a guide cat for the blind, an assistance cat for the deaf, a ...

  • Letters: Michael Foot's legacy
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    His failure to win the 1983 election no doubt had little to do with his policies, but more to do with people's perception of him as a bumbling, unkempt bohemian with unruly hair and a duffel coat, not a slick, besuited power-crazed robot, barking sou...

  • Leading article: Climate change is not a matter of faith
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Yet as the latest scientific research makes clear, the evidence is, if anything, stronger than it ever was about the role of humans in the observable increase in global temperatures seen over the past half-century. For scientists it is not a question...

  • Guy Aitchison: Real reform of the Lords means giving ownership back to the people
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Fast-forward a few weeks and the Tory leadership is frantically distancing itself from its deputy chairman and largest donor, Lord Ashcroft, following the billionaire businessman's admission that he is a "non-dom" who has been avoiding UK tax. Camero...

  • Colonel Stuart Tootal: Brown is responsible for underfunding of troops
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    As the Chancellor, the now Prime Minister was ultimately responsible for the significant underfunding of the military at a time when we were deploying for war. The prospect of conflict in Iraq was known about months in advance, but much of the kit th...

  • Michael McCarthy: How I journeyed far and wide to see these lovely insects
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    I started with the Duke of Burgundy, the titchy but charming rarity which is vanishing at a rate of knots, and I glimpsed it on May Day on the top of Butser Hill near Portsmouth, one of the highest points of the South Downs – once the sea mist cleare...

  • Peter Mair: Huge influx of immigrants has changed Dutch society forever
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Dutch politics has been in disarray since the traditional patterns were first challenged by Pim Fortuyn's populist protest in 2002. Fortuyn was, of course, assassinated just before that election, and his leaderless party fell apart soon afterwards. W...

  • Leading article: Nation of shopkeepers
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    And Mr Zuma is on to something. Never mind the Buckingham Palace banquets, the Downing Street press conferences, the Westminster meet-and-greets: every state visit ought to include a trip to a British retailer. It should be considered an essential pa...

  • Susie Rushton: Goosebumps – the first sign of spring
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Power to the Plastic It's sad to discover the closure of places in London where you've spent memorable, happy hours. I've had two brilliant nights out at the matchbox-sized Hoxton nightclub Plastic People, including my 30th birthday, (probably ma...

  • Sarah Cassidy: Tackle the cause, not the symptoms
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Incidents have fallen by nearly two-thirds since 1997 when there were 814,000 attacks in the home. According to the British Crime Survey – which measures what people say happened to them rather than recording crimes reported to the police – the figur...

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