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  • Leading article: Only a proper investigation will suffice
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    And we need to remember some history. For a long time the previous Government flatly denied that the British intelligence services were involved in anything like this. In the words of the Foreign Office: "The UK's position on torture is clear. We abh...

  • Leading article: Cynical posturing on all sides
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    A group of US Senators are up in arms about what they see as BP's role in the release last August of the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds. They claim that one of the reasons for the rele...

  • Letters: Safety in the North Sea
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    That is why MEPs are now demanding some assurances from the European Commission. We must insist on the highest possible standards of safety and security being put in place without delay, while suitable compulsory EU-wide insurance schemes are designe...

  • Leading article: Oblivious to logic
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    The Home Secretary Theresa May's announced clampdown on what is inaccurately termed Britain's "24-hour drinking culture" is a populist gesture, a bone thrown at a couple of right-wing newspapers whose hatred of Labour's changes to the licensing hours...

  • Felicity Gerry: A prosecution can be made only if evidence is reliable
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    In this case, consideration was given to charging assault and misconduct, but would have focused on the more serious allegation of manslaughter by way of the alleged unlawful acts of the police causing the death of Mr Tomlinson. Two issues would have...

  • Harriet Walker: Hassled just because I ride a bike
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    But the amount of scrutiny, obscenity and casual lechery I have encountered on my bike in the past month has far surpassed the catcalls I suffered as a pedestrian. From the charming knight of the road who vocalised at length his desire to swap places...

  • Letters: Perspectives on academy schools
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    Whole process is unacceptable The timetable provided for the committee stage of the Academies Bill in the Commons is four hours, totally inadequate for proper debate about such a controversial Bill which will change completely the state education...

  • Leading article: A failure of imagination
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    There has not been much sign of that so far. On the contrary, in the name of austerity, the Government seems intent on making a bonfire of green agencies, which in turn raises profound questions about the coalition's commitment to a green agenda. A l...

  • Leading article: Old spice
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    It is a phenomenal achievement. The bowler with the next highest haul of wickets is the great Australian Shane Warne on 708. And Murali reached his total in 12 fewer Tests. Quite simply, no one comes near the Sri Lankan as a wicket-taker. Before this...

  • Tim Cooke-Hurle: When the secret state crosses the line
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    However, when the secret state makes too strong a demand on power, when it steps beyond the edge of the acceptable or strays into complicity in torture, then trust breaks down and the public sphere bites back. This is what is happening now. A decade ...

  • James Ker-Lindsay: Legal or not, this has not solved issue of recognition
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    The issue that this International Court of Justice (made up of the 15 most eminent jurors in the world) did not touch upon – and the one that ultimately matters – is the question of recognition. Recognition is important because it means entry into th...

  • Leading article: Prison break
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    It will be a restricted sort of freedom. Apparently, Black will have to remain in the United States pending his appeal against his 2007 conviction for stealing from his company's shareholders. And it remains to be decided whether any fancy-dress part...

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