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  • 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: A levy that looks like a white flag of surrender
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    That is an insult to the public's intelligence. Nothing about the banks' financial situation has changed in recent weeks. The only new development with regard to the banks is the fact that the Government's behind-the-scenes attempts to reach a deal w...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Alternative Vote
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The Alternative Vote will not solve our democratic problems. Electoral reformers should vote against AV in the forthcoming referendum. AV is not proportional and can exaggerate landslide elections. In 1997, for example, it is probable that Blair wo...

  • Leading article: Lung cancer: the only way must be down
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The explanation lies in smoking. Some 90 per cent of deaths from lung cancer occur in people with a long history of cigarette use. Lung cancer hardly occurred before the advent of the cigarette. In the early days most smokers were men. But as cigaret...

  • Ian Burrell: Alarm bells ring for Murdoch in his Wapping fortress
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    Foremost among his concerns will be the threat of damage to The Sun, the paper which he bought for £800,000 in 1969 and a title that is especially close to his heart and highly profitable. The paper has managed to remain distant from the stain of pho...

  • Sean O'Grady: Osborne's City 'friends' may be in for a shock
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The elite spraying £6bn in bonuses around like so much Bolly, including £9m for the Barclays boss Bob Diamond, at a time of benefit cuts and 750,000 of the middle classes being dragged into the 40 per cent tax band, is electoral poison. So Osborne pr...

  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: New transparency on bonuses? Nope
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

  • Leading article: California nightmare
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    No fewer than eight of the top 20 "most miserable cities in America" are to be found in the state, according to Forbes magazine, which each year announces the worst places to live in the US, based on a combination of statistics for unemployment, crim...

  • Talbot Church: Caring Kate and Wills to make Red Nose debut
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The idea of bringing a spot of royal magic to Comic Relief came from none other than Kate Middleton herself. "Kate's very much a charity person," a senior courtier revealed. "She's also a media-savvy modern girl who has seen for herself the so-called...

  • 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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