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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

  • Leading article: A marriage that opens the way for a modern monarchy
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Yet it will be in very many ways a different country that greets Prince William and his bride: more diverse, more tolerant, less respectful of convention, perhaps less confident. In some ways, too, it will be a different monarchy that embraces Kate M...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the AV referendum
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    We owe it to our children to vote Yes AV is a very modest change to the electoral system with the purpose of permitting voters in each constituency to elect the man or woman who enjoys the greatest level of support. That is the minimum that any n...

  • Leading article: The economic gamble looks ever more reckless
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    This makes George Osborne's welcome yesterday for the "good news" look bizarre. At best, the economy is stagnant. At worst, it could actually be contracting. What is clear is that the economy is underperforming the official growth forecasts of the Of...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Oh dear, dear
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Was it a viewing of the zeitgeist tape that prompted David Cameron to use a catchphrase from a notoriously irritating advert in Prime Minister's Questions yesterday in response to an interjection from a female opposition frontbencher? If so, the tape...

  • Deborah Ross: Tales from my father's footstool
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Although My Father's Footstool does not come endorsed by Madonna or Jay-Z, even though they'd both really love it, it does share the assumption that just because it can make a decent Sunday brunch, as it so can (my father's footstool is famed for its...

  • David Weigel: The rumour that just wouldn't go away
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    But the fever swamp was not drained. That 2008 document dump inspired exciting new fantasies. Why did the campaign release a "short form" certificate, instead of a "long form" one? What was up with the typesetting? Since Obama's father was born in Ke...

  • 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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