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  • Leading article: Rupert Murdoch gets his political payback
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    What changed Mr Hunt's mind? According to him, the answer is a special undertaking made by News Corp – in response to Ofcom's concerns about the impact of the acquisition on the plurality of media ownership – to spin off its news channel as a separat...

  • Leading article: A nation on the verge of democratic collapse
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    Yesterday, Pakistan's minorities affairs minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, was murdered in Islamabad. This follows the assassination of the Punjab governor, Salman Taseer, in January by his own bodyguard. What links the two assassinations is that both Bhatti...

  • Letters: Perspectives on budget cuts
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    Deciding where the axe falls Sitting in the public gallery watching the London Borough of Merton's councillors debate their annual budget on 2 March, I wondered what the other people there made of the debate. Labour councillors gave us quotes fro...

  • Leading article: A legacy of courage and compassion
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    The bombs that tore through three Tube trains and a London bus could have ripped apart something precious in our national psyche. But if it was a terrible test it was one we passed. There was no backlash against our Muslim community. Normal life resu...

  • Tim Montgomerie: Only long-term plans will ease short-term pain
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    The latest ConservativeHome poll of Tory activists finds a substantial majority believing that the Coalition is good for the country but they aren't convinced that it's good for the party's electoral prospects. Cameron's grassroots members' concern i...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Are you ready for Ridley Scott, the 'brand'?
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    Alcon Entertainment is proposing is to turn Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's revered adaptation of Philip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, into a brand. The company is talking in terms of a "franchise" and of "multi-platform concepts,...

  • Letters: Libya points up the ironies of the UN
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    It is not only that the US, which was clearly in the lead in pushing for this resolution, does not recognise the ICC and is determined that no US citizens, whatever they may have done, should appear before it, but their zeal for the prosecution of Ga...

  • Leading article: The positive side of an older workforce
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    The negative conclusion would be that the doubling since 2000 of the number of people working, either full-time or part-time, past what has been the state pensionable age reflects need rather than inclination. As such, it shows the parlous state of t...

  • Leading article: Lost and found
    Friday, 4 March 2011

    Now the work, which Lewis read to JRR Tolkien and other Oxford peers, has been pieced together from notebooks that were snatched from the flames and then stored in the Lewis archive. As we await the publication of the Lost Aeneid next month, it seems...

  • Leading article: Smiling Irish eyes
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    England will accept a drubbing from Australia, a close-run series against Pakistan at a pinch, but from Ireland...? Surely there must have been some cheating going on. Alas, no. Having tied with India in what was lauded as one of the best one-day cri...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Those who dare to speak out become a shooting target
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    There are many questions after the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the cabinet. Among them is why a man who received death threats because of his outspoken wish to reform the country's blasphemy laws and who predicted his own ...

  • Deborah Ross: Nothing hurts quite like empty nest syndrome
    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    It's a sad day when a mother realises she is finished with mothering; finished with standing on the touchline during his football matches and shouting "good try!" at random intervals just to appear interested; finished with all those school plays in ...

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