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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

  • Leading article: Revelations that highlight a president's broken promise
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Not only are 172 men still locked up in Guantanamo but all real movement to close the camp has been abandoned. Meanwhile, the release of more than 700 classified military documents obtained by WikiLeaks last year sheds new light on why many remaining...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: A manifesto for British republicans
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    The bedrock of our constitution is the Act of Settlement of 1701, a blood-curdling anti-Catholic rant, which enshrines the genes and Protestant religious beliefs of Princess Sophia of Hanover in the succession to the throne. This means that any monar...

  • Leading article: Secret justice can never command public respect
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    But sometimes unknown unknowns, hidden deep in the darkness of court-ordered secrecy, are dragged into the light regardless. The BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr has voluntarily revealed that he managed to persuade a judge to grant a super-injunction in 2...

  • Leading article: Faith schools must confront homophobia
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    No one would suggest that homophobia was an exclusive feature of faith schools, still less that teachers in these schools, as a group, consciously countenanced it. The problem is that it is always going to be much harder to combat such prejudice in a...

  • Letters: The Yes and No campaigns
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    Worst of all is the page of highly personal and vicious comments on Nick Clegg. Whatever else may be said about him, I think most would agree that – for a guy stuck between a rock and a hard place – he has more courage in his little finger than any o...

  • Leading article: Sri Lankan war crimes must be prosecuted
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    There is a simple way to resolve this. The international authorities should lay charges against both sides, before an international war crimes tribunal, to answer what the UN calls "credible allegations". The problem is that the UN Security Council l...

  • Stephen Glover: This secrecy can hide far greater wrongs
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    In coming clean in yesterday's Daily Mail, Mr Marr did not go so far as to express regret for seeking the order. The BBC presenter – and one-time editor of The Independent – said the story was "nobody else's business" and that he had had his wife an...

  • Talbot Church: The ultimate guide, by the man the Royals trust
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    Friends of the Middleton family have revealed that, away from the cameras, the Romeo prince gave his bride-to-be a second, secret engagement present – a simple gold ring bearing an inscription on the inside which reads "MDPO". Royal sources have refu...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Western intervention in Syria would make matters worse
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    Will the government succeed? The chances for the moment look evenly balanced, with almost everything depending on whether or not demonstrators continue to march and rally all over Syria despite the savage repression. There is also the possibility of ...

  • Agnès Poirier: Both leaders are prisoners of a resurgent right wing
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    Since it was first put in place in 1995, 25 European states – with the notable exception of Britain – signed a deal creating free circulation within Europe for its citizens, but also for whoever had a travel permit to one of those countries. The acco...

  • Jon Savage: Punk may be dead but its spirit lives on
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    It is also an opportunity to reflect on the achievement of Poly and her peers – Ari Up, Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt and Palmolive of the Slits, Siouxsie of the Banshees, Gaye Advert of the Adverts, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders – who, in a short ...

  • Letters: The Royal Family
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Swept along by the flow of epithets about "this weird national celebration" and "compulsory adulation" (presumably up there with the cult of Stalin) we are asked to consider the "political correctness gone mad" without ever getting to grips with what...

  • Susie Rushton: The tyranny of wedding magazines
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Consider a few, entirely typical, cover lines from the current crop of wedmags. "Real Brides' Savvy Money-Saving Tips," "Dream Dresses From £185!," "794 Ways To Personalise Your Day". I think it's safe to guess that, in Kate Middleton's case, saving ...

  • Leading article: Cycling ahead
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    As we reported when launching this campaign, about 28 cyclists die each year as a consequence of collisions with HGVs and the combined number of deaths and injuries, after falling for some years, shows signs of creeping back up as the boom in cycling...

  • Deborah Ross: The baffling appeal of Nigella and her bunions
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    It's a mystery. I mean, who do you know who might be interested in Nigella's bunions or Suri Cruise's £1,300 Dolce & Gabbana trench coat or Kim Kardashian's giant support pants, as detailed by the paper's specialist Upskirt Reporter, or the mothe...

  • Samira Ahmed: The man from Glencore just doesn't get it
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Apart from the fact that he seems to have confused gestation with maternity leave (UK ladies can actually take a year off, not nine months), what's most remarkable is that Mr Murray might never have let slip his view of women's suitability for the bo...

  • John Kampfner: Margate proves investing in our culture makes economic sense
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    The catalyst for the influx here is the opening of Turner Contemporary. I might be a little biased, as Chair of the board, but you don't have to take it from me. In this newspaper, across the media, and – crucially – among citizen critics and social ...

  • Every parent's nightmare – but how do we say no?
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Over the weekend, that nightmare became a reality for two sets of parents in west London. One couple is Lynne Jones and Patrick Reilly, whose 15-year-old daughter Isobel – a girl described by her headteacher as extremely popular, and by one of her fr...

  • John Rentoul: Mr Lansley sells his plan
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

  • Leading article: The trying game
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    This testament to the virtue of persistence only goes to prove that, as another significant American – Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb – said, genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. His fellow countrymen might li...

  • Edward Davie: I could no longer side with fascists and dinosaurs
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    Forming an independent view is, of course, important; I now recognise I got it wrong to be in Nick Griffin and George Osborne's camp and that natural allies like Ed Miliband deserve my support. The clincher has been that not only is AV "as simple as ...

  • Natalie Haynes: It doesn't take a genius to state the obvious
    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    To whom can it possibly come as news that tests measure – among other things – the amount you want to do well in a test? Every test, every exam I have ever sat – from my driving test to my Grade 1 flute to my finals – has been essentially the same: t...

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