Entertaining Mr Thorpe
By James Fenton - 30 January 12:00

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Rory's week - Rory Bremner envies Sven
By Rory Bremner - 30 January 12:00

If we want politicians to reflect society, should we not welcome the odd bloke who gets off on the s

Village life - Kevin Maguire warns George
By Kevin Maguire - 30 January 12:00

A Monty Python moment over Iran, and trouble for the artist formerly known as an MP

Blair's lesson in compromise
By Staff blogger - 30 January 12:00

Compromise is a curious creature. In private life it suggests maturity, a willingness to concede for the sake of harmony. In business and diplomacy it can be ambiguous. In politics, particularly British politics, it connotes weakness, and that simply won't do.

Mark Thomas dispenses doorstep justice
By Mark Thomas - 30 January 12:00

When the state starts arresting people with iced cakes, it really is time to change the law, or for

When the tools aren't up to the job
By Andy McSmith - 23 January 12:00

Observations on education

We need policies not scapegoats
By Staff blogger - 23 January 12:00

The pervs are everywhere - under the bed, in the gym, in the classroom, in a chatroom near you. The message to parents in the lurid newspaper headlines is that it is no longer safe to send your children to school.

What traffic wardens can teach us
By Ed Owen - 23 January 12:00

Observations on crime

What did the squatters do for us?
By Nick Cohen - 23 January 12:00

Their primal-screaming, Trotskyist, free-love solution to a 1970s housing problem has a message for

Rendition: the cover-up
By Martin Bright - 23 January 12:00

Exclusive: A secret memo reveals the truth: the government knows rendition is illegal but it has no

Kevin Maguire - Village life
By Kevin Maguire - 23 January 12:00

High rollers return to the Tories, the Sun King cools off, and why Mrs Ming should be afraid

The media column - Peter Wilby counts pervs
By Peter Wilby - 23 January 12:00

The press can just about tolerate successful and clever women, and quite likes earth mothers, but it

Unions stuck in history's sidings
By Christian Wolmar - 23 January 12:00

Observations on rail

Rory's week - Rory feels the bite of Blair's teeth
By Rory Bremner - 23 January 12:00

My Blair teeth are starting to hurt. The dentures I use when impersonating the Prime Minister are no

Second Thoughts on the Bomb
By Kingsley Martin - 23 January 12:00

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Village life - Kevin Maguire finds the Mingers downhearted
By Kevin Maguire - 16 January 12:00

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Rory's week - Rory Bremner confesses his Charlie addiction
By Rory Bremner - 16 January 12:00

For some time I have been coming to terms with an addiction. It has become clear to both colleagues

Where have all the feminists gone?
By Zoe Williams - 16 January 12:00

Across a whole range of issues, including even abortion and rape, women's rights are being challenge

Politics is more than a beauty contest
By Staff blogger - 16 January 12:00

Politics, the headlines scream, is getting exciting again. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. It depends on who you ask and it depends on what you mean by politics. Certainly, the arrival last month of King Dave has had a galvanising effect on the rarefied world of Westminster.

The SDP lives on - in Bridlington
By Robert Philpot - 16 January 12:00

It is probably not quite what they meant by "breaking the mould" of British politics. But 25 years after the Gang of Four issued the Limehouse Declaration, the Social Democratic Party lives on - in Bridlington, east Yorkshire.

The media column - Peter Wilby savours the columnist's discomfort
By Peter Wilby - 16 January 12:00

The Tory leader writers sounded as if they had discovered mouse droppings in a relative's kitchen, b

Secrets and lies
By Francis Beckett - 16 January 12:00

If you were a member of the Garrick Club, or the Athenaeum or Reform, you would expect staff and members to keep your secrets, and so it is with the Palace of Westminster - the best club in London, some of its members call it.

Mark Thomas spots a human rights turkey
By Mark Thomas - 16 January 12:00

In Turkey, even assisting the state security forces comes at a price. Consider the case of Private C

The Adrian Mole generation
By Martin Bright - 16 January 12:00

David Miliband (Labour), David Cameron (Tory) and Nick Clegg (Lib Dem) lead the new wave in politics

The failure to rebuild Iraq
By Staff blogger - 09 January 12:00

It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.

Financial literacy
By Staff blogger - 09 January 12:00

Round-table discussion

The insider - Kevin Maguire enjoys a prank
By Kevin Maguire - 09 January 12:00

That serial cabinet resigner Alan Milburn is back as the outgoing leader's counsel on public service reform, a process known, in the Tory era, as privatisation.

The politics column - Richard Reeves
By Richard Reeves - 09 January 12:00

Maybe an MP or two might cross the floor to Cameron. Could Shaun Woodward do it twice? (Churchill di