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Thursday, 27 January 2011

  • Leading article: A police force that has lost public trust
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    After the News of the World reporter Clive Goodman was jailed in 2007 for hacking into Prince William's mobile phone messages, Scotland Yard accepted, apparently without question, the assertion of the newspaper that Goodman was a single "rogue" opera...

  • Stephen Glover: How Rupert Murdoch lost control of his own story
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    David Cameron's political reputation is at risk for having hired as his spin doctor Andy Coulson, the editor of the News of the World when phone hacking took place. If Mr Coulson should be implicated – seemingly an increasingly likely outcome now tha...

  • Leading article: Liberal convictions are found lacking
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    The police's stop-and-search powers are also to be curtailed. The authorities' excessive use of stop and search has helped to alienate the very communities that the authorities rely on for tip-offs about terrorism. These restrictions are to be welcom...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the Palestine papers
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    Can God find a home for Palestinians? Robert Fisk, as always, hits the nail on the head ("A new truth dawns on the Arab world", 26 January). Alas, this exciting new truth will get us nowhere. While we rant, rave and demand our democratic rights w...

  • Leading article: Safeguard the wood and the trees
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    The Forestry Commission, which manages almost a million hectares of land, was set up after the First World War to create a strategic resource of timber. Forest area doubled. But the commission's focus has since shifted from seeing forests as timber f...

  • Letters: Perspectives on wheel-clamping
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    Court battle against the clampers I think Patrick Troy, the chief executive of the British Parking Association, is being disingenuous (letter, 25 January). The unacceptable behaviour of private clamping operators is well documented. In December 2...

  • Leading article: Egypt: on the threshold of change
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    The protests in central Cairo, that continued as Tuesday evening became Wednesday morning and were rejoined more sporadically yesterday, were without recent precedent in their scale and overtly political demands. Nor were they limited to the Egyptian...

  • Harriet Walker: A cuts lesson from my one-year-old niece
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    "If we continue to fail, we will only perpetuate the cycle of wasted potential, low achievement, low work aspirations, anti-social behaviour and lifetimes on benefits, which now typifies millions of lives and is repeated through succeeding generation...

  • Leading article: Dirty dean?
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    For where digital technology has sullied the reputation of Mr Gray, it is about to do the opposite for Dean Swift. Until now, academics had thought that the 65 letters first published in Swift's masterly A Journal To Stella in the 1760s were censored...

  • Lisa Markwell: For the price of a gold ring I can be happy – and sane
    Friday, 28 January 2011

    Thirteen years of wedded if not exactly bliss, then definitely happiness, is enough to make me certain that my sanity is saved by having a husband. He absorbs my fury when Every. Single. Thing. Is. Going. Wrong. He talks me down from the ledge of anx...

  • John Rentoul: Son of Brown
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

  • Leading article: A hard knock to soft power
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    After 2014 the service will cease to be funded by the Foreign Office. Future costs will be borne by the BBC licence fee. In Parliament yesterday William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, confirmed that 650 jobs will be shed under plans for annual savings...

  • Daniel Howden: A vital independent voice and a reminder of British excellence
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    World Service broadcasts in English and Swahili became the medium of choice for an aggrieved population in a country going through tumultuous political change. For Kenya read South Africa during the earlier part of the same decade or Uganda before th...

  • Alastair Beach: The riot squad are trying to scare us, but we will still protest
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    At Tahrir Square, the centre of most of Tuesday's clashes, there was a tense calm. Riot police, some carrying guns, stood beside lines of riot trucks lined up along roads in the plaza, which borders the world-famous Egyptian museum. Police used tear-...

  • Oliver Wright: New light is shed on the timing of Coulson's exit
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    Senior advisers patrolled the lobbies of the House of Commons briefing journalists that it was wrong to suggest there were new allegations that had led to his departure. He had simply had enough of the pressure, they said.Last night the dam burst. On...

  • Ian Burrell: So much for the theory of a 'rogue reporter'
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    Andy Coulson, the paper's editor, agreed to resign while denying any knowledge of illegal activities. He didn't go straight away – when Goodman was jailed, Coulson simply promised to make a donation to a charity chosen by the royal princes. Four year...

  • Deborah Ross: Not saving your marriage, part 2: Tips for men
    Thursday, 27 January 2011

    However, in retrospect, I can now see that all my tips were given from the female point of view, which was awfully sexist, and because I now fear getting sacked by all those people who were desperate to get shot of me anyhow, I wish to rectify this. ...

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