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Monday, 7 February 2011

  • Leading article: Clumsy decentralisation gives succour to the BBC's enemies
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    The central purpose – to distribute BBC operations, and jobs, more widely around the country and make the broadcaster's perspective more representative of the UK as a whole – remains intact, just. But the practicalities remain as fraught as ever they...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron fails to make a constructive contribution
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Luton, Bradford, Birmingham, London – all would have been appropriate. Instead the Prime Minister chose Munich. That was an especially odd decision since Germany is going through a spasm of intolerance towards its ethnic minority communities at the m...

  • Leading article: Questions conveniently overlooked
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    The report compiled by Sir Gus O'Donnell at the behest of the Prime Minister found that the last Labour government had an "underlying desire" to see the convicted bomber released before he died and did "all it could" to facilitate that result while n...

  • Leading article: A test of faith for the White House
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    These muddled messages were widely believed to reflect a conflict between the twin US goals of promoting stability in the region and promoting democracy. But, as we report today, there is a more sinister explanation. Mr Wisner, a former US ambassador...

  • Guy Adams: Great Britons? Or just superheroes
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    The news means that we can now claim a “grand slam” of US superhero roles, with Wales-born Christian Bale as the current Batman, and young Andrew Garfield, who was brought up in Surrey, making his debut as Spider-Man. And here in the World’s Most Pow...

  • Letters: multiculturalism
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    I am a black woman from Belgium who has worked in Britain for the past six years. My parents came from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is multiculturalism here that for the first time in my life made me feel comfortable as a person of African or...

  • Susie Rushton: Take the XXX out of Valentine's Day
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    This week Penguin published a new translation of the Kama Sutra, the ancient Sanskrit love manual that offers advice on everything from how to acquire a wife to scratching each other for thrills (and I don't think "Oooh, give my back a scratch, would...

  • Leading article: The star-mangled banner
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    Some 100 million viewers were watching on Sunday night when the singer Christina Aguilera mashed up the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" just three lines into her elaborately warbled rendition. Thanks to Twitter, her fumble – as American football...

  • Ben Emmerson: The European Court of Human Rights enhances our democracy
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    Lord Hoffmann forms part of a perfectly respectable body of opinion about the European Convention, which includes Lord Rees-Mogg and the journalist Melanie Phillips, who feel passionately that the Council of Europe's constitutional court lacks democr...

  • Letters: Multiculturalism
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    If our children are to learn to be part of a multicultural society, then they need to mix with children from other cultures in their schools. Faith schools pose an obvious challenge to such mixing, but "culture" is not limited to ethnic or religious ...

  • Laeding article: Keep on running
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Yet that is what makes it strangely deflating to hear Stefaan Engels, the Belgian who has just completed the feat, describe it as no big deal: "I don't regard my marathon year as torture. It's more like a regular job ... I am running just as Joe Aver...

  • Fawaz A Gerges: This Brotherhood has a real sense of purpose
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Even though it was supposed to be apolitical and religious, in the 1930s al-Banna established a paramilitary wing. It carried out multiple operations against prominent Jews and targeted political leaders and judges in Egypt. In 1948, one of the Broth...

  • John Rentoul: Rank Play-Acting
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

  • Deborah Ross: New clothes are a ticket to nowhere fast
    Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    All you need to know is she's the one who would appraise some frizzy, frazzled woman as if she were Freddie Kruger and although she never said: "Wow, you are seriously common, aren't you?", you always knew she desperately wanted to. You could have pu...

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