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Friday, 21 January 2011

  • Leading article: Andy Coulson has departed, but uncomfortable questions remain
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    It will not and it should not. Mr Coulson himself still has many questions to answer. "I stand by what I've said," he asserted in his resignation statement yesterday. This refers to Mr Coulson's claim that he had no knowledge of phone hacking while h...

  • Letters: Blair and the Iraq War Inquiry
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Blair and his team had never come up against a clique of very powerful, driven, US politicians with a radical agenda for the Middle East, for whom the terrorist actions in 2001 provided a galvanising excuse for action. Bush had never made any secret ...

  • Leading article: The folly of a gung-ho prime minister
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    The first was that he was supine in relations with George Bush, recklessly promising British support to remove Saddam Hussein before the case for war was made. The second is that he cavalierly disregarded the legal advice of his Attorney General. Bot...

  • Anthony Seldon: Great leaders don’t need spokesmen telling them what to think and do
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Andy Coulson is of the same ilk as his predecessors Alastair Campbell and Bernard Ingham. All possessed brilliant talents, but fell into the trap of becoming, as heads of communication at Downing Street, not just major influences over their respectiv...

  • Natalie Haynes: These sportswomen know how to hit men right where it hurts
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    For those of us who grew up watching Martina Navratilova win Wimbledon every year, pulverising every opponent en route to the final, it probably was. But at last, the women are biting back, and you call them boring at your peril. At this year's Austr...

  • John O'Farrell: Delayed adulthood will drive us all mad
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    "Jamie – were you frightened when you realised Mummy wasn't there to tuck you up in bed at night?" "Not really. I'm a 27-year-old finance clerk. I think I can manage." "And you're able to cook your own dinners and everything?" "What? You mean she has...

  • Leading article: The subtle art of economic opposition
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    And so an impressive career in frontline politics, which has taken in the Home Office and the great departments of health and education, comes to a rather sad end. But as someone who came to a realisation early last year, when Gordon Brown was under ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The real scandal is Blair's ignorance
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Viewed from the streets of Baghdad, the circumstances of the invasion seem very much like ancient history. A few, notably Kurds, still have good things to say about President Bush and Mr Blair. But even Iraqis who supported the invasion suspect the m...

  • Leading article: The empire strikes back
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Time was when the British presence on their screens comprised impeccably executed costume drama like Brideshead Revisited or lovable zany comedy, very often featuring John Cleese. It's true that equal reassurance could be derived from the recent deli...

  • Letters: Perspectives on modern wars
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Iraq: we have a right to the full truth The lessons of the Iraq war will sadly never be learned as long as Sir John Chilcot is denied the official release of all the key documents. ("Iraq: the last secret", 19 January). Given that both Parliament...

  • Leading article: Deep cuts have deep consequences
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Ms Vincent, who receives six hours a week respite care, contacted South Gloucestershire Council for more help but was told none was available. And now Ms Vincent has accused David Cameron, who paid her a personal visit during the general election cam...

  • John Rentoul: A Biased Question
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: Prone to Error
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: The Postbuttal Service
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • Ben Chu: Why Iraq?
    Friday, 21 January 2011

  • Leading article: Not at the dinner table
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Her speech has surprised and riled many, not least her fellows in the Conservative Party. What she says is true, which is what so irritates her critics. Prejudice against Britain's Asian community does not, since 9/11, attract the social stigma that ...

  • James Moore: Bookies are on a winning streak, but it might not last much longer
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Part of its appeal is social: misery loves company and if you're going to lose you might as well do it among like-minded friends. And the modern betting shop is no longer the slightly hostile, cigarette smoke filled, spit and sawdust affair of yore. ...

  • Nigel Morris: After the political capital comes only pain for the PM
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    But, for all the private anguish, the experience of bringing up a profoundly disabled child also assumed a highly political dimension for the Tory leader. He repeatedly referred to his long hours at Ivan's hospital bedside as proof that the NHS was s...

  • Bina Shah: The trust that once flowed between journalists and locals has gone sour
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    If this lurid imagining reminds you of Daniel Pearl, you're not alone. Hamid's story voices what went through everyone's minds when they learned that Pearl, an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal, had been killed by his kidnappers in Januar...

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