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Thursday, 9 June 2011

  • Leading article: The case for a wider hacking inquiry is now unanswerable
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    The establishment of Operation Weeting in January was supposed to signal a fresh start for the Met in the investigation. We were informed that Scotland Yard was now treating the matter with special seriousness and that they would "follow the evidence...

  • Leading article: A reversal that demonstrates not strength, but weakness
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    This decision is profoundly wrongheaded. Increasing the scope of plea bargaining would be a way of making the wheels of the criminal justice system run more smoothly. More than two-thirds of cases that reach the Crown Court end in a guilty plea. This...

  • Letters: Perspectives on NHS changes
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    What if it really ain't broke? Andrew Lansley's letter of 9 June consist of an assertion that "The current system simply doesn't work"', followed by a set of "solutions", which assume that his initial assertion is true. While there are undoubtedl...

  • Leading article: Realpolitik should not trump justice
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    A negotiated deal must be the inevitable outcome. But it should be with those in the Libyan leader's inner circle who have not been implicated in such crimes against humanity. There should be no question of not pursuing the indictment of Gaddafi, his...

  • Dorothy Byrne: Why we decided that the footage had to be shown
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    This is just some of the footage we will be showing in Sri Lanka's Killing Fields on Tuesday night. I never thought I would see sequences like these, showing the mutilation, murder and degradation of women, on British television. I don't urge you to ...

  • Romana Canneti: Victory for Independent's campaign for open justice
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    Recent legislation did allow the media access to the family courts, (although no reporting was allowed without permission of the judge) but when The Independent applied to attend the Paravicini proceedings, it was soon clear that matters were very d...

  • Letters: Don't give bigots a platform
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Those individuals subject to discrimination who have attained the highest positions in society seem to be those who refer the least to any racism they might have experienced. One example is Barack Obama. One could also justifiably claim that he has d...

  • Leading article: Where winter is freezing the Arab Spring
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Whatever happened in Jisr al-Shughour, however, is just the latest outbreak of violence instigated by a regime ruthlessly clinging to power. And a UN Security Council resolution drafted by the UK and France is little more than an exercise in hand-wri...

  • Martin Hickman: These claims cannot be brushed under the carpet
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    What pours petrol on the flames is the suggestion that Scotland Yard is not investigating – despite apparently having a tranche of incriminating paperwork. The question is: why? Already, the Yard has been scolded for failing to mount a proper investi...

  • Laurie Penny: Jobless young people: good for a laugh, eh
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Mocking the desperate and downtrodden has always made good television, and this new gameshow will not be the first to exploit the unemployed to boost ratings. Consider The Fairy Jobmother, possibly the ghastliest piece of poverty porn ever made, whos...

  • Leading article: Voice in the wilderness
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    Those who suggested that Rowan Williams has made the most baldly political intervention by a serving Archbishop of Canterbury have short memories. Robert Runcie often pitched himself in opposition to the Thatcher government – on everything from the F...

  • Ian Burrell: How the 'Statesman' got the headlines out of Williams
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    His criticisms of the Coalition government provoked an angry and prompt response from the Prime Minister. A great result for the Statesman. The strength of Downing Street's reaction may have been related to a striking cover, which showed the Archbish...

  • John Rentoul: Is the Archbish right?
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

  • Stephen Bayley: British design extinguishes the kitsch
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Designed by the Barber Osgerby duet, the torch happily resists temptations of historical symbolism. Bright metal is fashionable today, so a gold-plated, tapering aluminium-alloy torch is perforated with eight thousand laser-cut holes to represent the...

  • Deborah Ross: I'm not Green enough for my husband
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    I try to share his outrage. I don't know, I'll say, but I'll check it against all our dental records, shall I? Just give me a minute. Hang on. I think I can tell from the bite pattern that it's our son. Let's put him on trial! Let's get him banged up...

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