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Friday, 4 March 2011

  • Leading article: As the LSE has learnt, Libyan leaders bearing gifts are also to be feared
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    Here, at last, is someone who recognises where the buck stops and draws the appropriate conclusion. Sir Howard's departure, however, must not be used as a pretext for sweeping under the carpet awkward questions about foreign money in British academia...

  • Letters: BSkyB ownership
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    With Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading now accepting News Corp's restructuring proposals and the European Commission on competition having previously given the green light, anything else would have smacked of naked politics and placing the represe...

  • Leading article: Bad, but not terminal, in Barnsley
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    An almost identical disaster has now befallen the Liberal Democrats, but the effect will not be so terminal. Their very poor showing in the Barnsley Central by-election does not signal the death of Liberal Democrat England, nor a return to two-party ...

  • John Curtice: This by-election was a warning to the Tories, too
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    After all, any candidate wearing a Labour rosette in the town always seems bound to win. Not even the sight of the former Labour MP being sent down for fiddling his expenses seemed likely to disturb that rule. In the event, the result proved anything...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Using force to stop slaughter is lawful
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    The shadow of Iraq invasion illegality has tainted talk of "liberal interventionism" – unfairly, since Bush was no liberal and Blair has wrongly used it as a retrospective excuse. There was no looming humanitarian crisis in Iraq in March 2003, and th...

  • Charlotte Raven: In MasterChef Britain, the elevation of food has turned into a sickness
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    Some people would still do it – some lower-middle-class show-offs wouldn't give up the dinner party without a fight – but I imagined most Brits would be greatly relieved to be released from the drudgery of ingestion. I couldn't have predicted that my...

  • 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...

  • Catholics urged to give up meat
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and leader of Catholics in England and Wales, said every Friday during the 40-day period of Lent should be marked by the faithful with an act of self-denial. "The ancient tradition of the Church...

  • Natalie Haynes: Warning: the wording on this medicine will drive you to drink
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    And, reassuringly, there is the occasional reversal of fortune, when a story suggests that some scientists (not the ones I know, obviously, before they throw a Bunsen burner at me) have such a poor understanding of words that they shouldn't be allowe...

  • Leading article: May Day on the move
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    That there may be a political aspect to the suggestion, however, should not obscure the desirability of spreading statutory holidays more evenly through the year. This spring, because of a late Easter and the royal wedding, has an even greater concen...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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