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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

  • Leading article: We've made enough mistakes already. Caution is now key
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Nor, despite a sharp put-down about how he was not one to "knife a foreign secretary", was Mr Cameron able to silence the mutterings about William Hague's performance in the job. Mr Hague had suffered his own torment at the Despatch Box on Monday, ta...

  • John Kampfner: A fearful BBC must regain its nerve
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Patten will today appear before the House of Commons Culture and Media Select Committee for a grilling, ahead of his ratification as chairman of the BBC Trust. Labour MPs will demand that he quits the Tory party, of which he was once chair. They are ...

  • Leading article: Britain should stick to the human rights gold standard
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The resurrection of the concept of a British rights bill is a response to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that Britain must end its blanket ban on prisoners from voting and the more recent ruling from the Supreme Court ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on arming the Libyans
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    It's up to the Arabs to help The publication of your front page story on 7 March by Robert Fisk, a journalist I have a great deal of respect for, was irresponsible under current circumstances ("America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels"). The L...

  • Leading article: Lives are saved by stubbing out this addiction
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Yesterday's announcement of a ban on shop displays of tobacco products was therefore welcomed by the anti-smoking lobby. Evidence from countries which already have a similar ban in place – Saskatchewan in Canada and Iceland, to name just two – have s...

  • Cahal Milmo: Yachts, parties, models, and friends in high places
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Yesterday morning, Mr Tchenguiz was given the opportunity to contemplate the wisdom of borrowing Julius Caesar's supposed catchphrase – "I came, I saw, I conquered" – for his playboy accessory when he and his brother, Robert, found themselves answeri...

  • Harriet Walker: I don't want to be a princess any more
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Watching Kate Middleton this week simpering and pancake-tossing her way through crowds of other people's children and hordes of proles that she probably has no interest in talking to, the scales finally fell. I do not want to be a princess any more –...

  • Stephen Bayley: Public health's gain will be graphic design's depressing loss
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    insufficiently depressing. Now they are insisting that packs be stripped of what identity and character remained after unsuccessful jostling for position with photographs of cancerous tissue. The cigarette pack is, or was, a perfect miniature of grap...

  • Letters: Census
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    I spent many years as the chief planning officer of a local authority. One of my main responsibilities was to ensure that infrastructure was in place to allow businesses to thrive. Because of a failure of the private sector to build enough small un...

  • Leading article: Oil exploration: not a price worth paying
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The oil company, naturally, has proclaimed that it will apply for "all necessary environmental and safety approvals" before it begins drilling. And Australia claims that it has the best and safest offshore regulatory regime in the world. Despite that...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why put one of the Earth's last pristine reefs at risk?
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    That will be a question to which Australia's leaders will struggle to find a convincing answer, should they take the virtually unthinkable decision to license Shell's proposed oil drilling close to the Ningaloo Reef. For there has never been a time w...

  • Shashank Joshi: Arming rebel groups could backfire on the West, as it has done in the past
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The White House is mulling over whether or not to funnel weaponry to the rebels in earnest, even if it yesterday insisted that sending weapons to Libya would be illegal. The obvious precedent would be American support – in concert with Saudi Arabia a...

  • Leading article: Down the Tube
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Following a report last week that London's Oyster card users were overcharged by £1m in 2010, because of faulty equipment or failure to "touch in" and out, you might argue that the capital's commuters have more money than sense, or at least that they...

  • Deborah Ross: Does being a 'genius' offer any excuse?
    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    You will have read much in his defence already; you will have read that he was "under extreme pressure" and that he is a "genius couturier". You will have seen the fashion editors crowding to get into his final show; a show accompanied by much "whoop...

  • John Rentoul: He a culpa
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

  • Leading article: Risky business
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    So why, in the face of all that evidence, do we persist with our late nights? Scientists now say that it's not simply the attractions of our 24/7 entertainment culture. A lack of sleep alters the way we look at the world. The more tired we get, the m...

  • Kate Luscombe: Ruling will shine a light on mental health system
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    AH's case is simple. Convicted of two counts of attempted wounding, he has been deprived of his liberty for more than 24 years, often in high security at considerable public expense. Over time, he has expressed concerns about the legal grounds for de...

  • Talbot Church: 'Bonzer' Prince William set for Aussie role
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The proposal is not without controversy – the role of Queen's representative has been held by Australians since the 1960s – but is seen to have a double benefit. It rewards loyal Australians, known to be among the most enthusiastic royalists in the C...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: This plan just perpetuates the prisoners' legal limbo
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    Some years later, during his election campaign, Barack Obama agreed, albeit in more judicious terms. Once elected, President Obama made his first act in office the promise to close Guantanamo Bay, and begin to erase its stain. Until now. The same pre...

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