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Thursday, 31 March 2011

  • John Kampfner: The worrying rise of the rich man's weapon of justice
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    The recent decision by Mr Justice Tugendhat to grant anonymity to a claimant in a libel case is believed to be the first of its kind. The case, the details of which the media are not allowed to report, concerns a wealthy financier, a multimillion-pou...

  • Leading article: When demands of justice and realpolitik collide
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    It is an understandable decision. Koussa has blood on his hands. He is deeply implicated in Libya's historic sponsorship of terrorism around the world and its assassination programme aimed at Libyan dissidents abroad in the 1980s. Justice demands tha...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: When tyrannicide is the only option
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    Killing the worst man left in the world may seem excusable to some – he funded terrorism ranging from the IRA to Abu Nidal, probably ordered the destruction of Pan Am 103 and a UTA passenger plane, and on one occasion had 1,200 captives massacred in ...

  • Leading article: Many vexed questions still remain for the international coalition
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    So it was useful to hear from the Foreign Secretary yesterday that members of the international coalition enforcing the two UN Security Council resolutions on Libya were already giving thought to what happens when the fighting ends. The difficulty, h...

  • Letters: Perspectives on protest
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    The Fortnum & Mason revolution Andreas Whittam Smith (Opinion, 31 March) may be wrong in his assumption that the possibility of ending up in court will deter "substantial numbers of people" from taking part in UK Uncut's peaceful demonstratio...

  • Leading article: The perils of wishful thinking
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    On the other side of the ledger Cambridge University this week estimated that the actual cost of a year's undergraduate course is £17,000 a year. The average UK university science course costs £13,000 a year to run, with about £8,000 for an arts one....

  • Virginia Ironside: Meet the grandparents: the unsung heroes of family life
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    Grandparents are relied on increasingly for family support and finances. They provide 40 per cent of childcare for working parents and more than 70 per cent of childcare at other times. Research has even shown that families with strong grandparental ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on nuclear disaster
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    Locked into a perilous embrace It has been said that the Japanese economy is likely to shrink by 10 per cent. The Japanese are not just facing a triple calamity (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown) but now have a fourth blow: their economy ...

  • Leading article: Britain has no grounds for complacency
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    We tend to assume that Britain has Scandinavian levels of propriety when it come to business. Mr Clarke said yesterday that the new law reflects the UK's "leading role" in the fight against bribery. But our recent history is not, in fact, so glorious...

  • Ian Burrell: This is like removing a hostage from a danger zone
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    At the age of 38, James has been given the title of deputy chief executive officer, chairman and CEO, International, of News Corp, which effectively means that he will be the third most important figure in the organisation. James's promotion reflects...

  • Natalie Haynes: A crime against Christie
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    But one of my deal-breakers, one of the few things I can't negotiate if we are to be friends, is that you must fully and entirely believe that Joan Hickson was the best of all Miss Marples. It's OK if you've never read or watched a Marple, obviously ...

  • Leading article: Reputation management
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    The urge to protect national heroes is understandable. And in the case of Gandhi there has been ample provocation. In 2009 Mont Blanc released a golden pen featuring the visage of the Mahatma. The price of £16,000 did not go down well with those in I...

  • Victoria Summerley: Mixing education with politics rarely ends well
    Friday, 1 April 2011

    How much should I pay in maintenance grants? How does the loan repayment system work? And of course, the current unanswerable: how much is the course going to cost? Although the universities have already set the fees they want to charge, this won't b...

  • Leading article: Political marriage
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    Mr Miliband says it was "the right time" to tie the knot, pointing out that "at the end of the day we're in our 40s and we've got two kids". But it is hard to avoid the conclusion that, were it not for Mr Miliband's election as leader of the Labour P...

  • Deborah Ross: Embarrassing bodies must be hard work
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    You may think that Dr Christian is fine, if not more than fine. He is a dish. He is posh. He handles himself well. He did not, for example, scream: "F*** ME!" and run from the room when that woman with the prolapsed rectum pushed it out through her a...

  • Paddy Regan: Radiation levels are not as frightening as they sound
    Thursday, 31 March 2011

    Yesterday it was reported that radioactive iodine in the water near the plant had spiked to 3,555 times the legal limit. On Sunday, a report emerged – later to be withdrawn – that radiation reads had spiked at 10 million times the normal level. To th...

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