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Having broken box office records around the world and received countless awards, it’s no wonder Wicked is still going strong in the West End. A year on from when the shiny new cast joined in 2010 and they’re eager to get young people involved in writing by bringing back the Wicked Young Writers Award for a second year. Louise Dearman, who plays Glinda, talks about why encouraging young people to get into writing is important, and her time as the star of the musical that was last year awarded an Olivier Audience Award for the Most Popular Show.
These characters have long argued that mainstream parties like the Conservatives and Labour need to do more to pander to popular prejudices about immigration, arguing that the alternative is to see a rise in support for the BNP.
The arguments for war in Libya are quickly falling apart. Gaddafi’s forces retain control of most of the country, with rebel forces unable to advance further than the dictates of our bombing campaign. On Saturday, one of those ‘precision’ bombs killed 14 rebels just east of Brega, in what the mainstream media have conveniently termed as ‘friendly fire’.
I apologise for returning to the subject of electoral reform in The Independent on Sunday today. I had promised not to do so until the referendum, but the editor decided that the official launch of the “Yes” campaign constituted a national emergency.
The banking crisis gave the UK economy a heart attack and this had a disastrous impact on the public finances.
A very bad idea is back. The idea is to amend the United States Constitution to mandate a balanced federal budget. Tax income and government spending will have to match from now on, so there will be no more credit card spending for which the nation’s children will have to pick up the tab.
By Stephen Foley | | Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:03 am
In my restless search for clarity about the Alternative for which so many people marched last weekend, I have sought to answer a couple of questions posed to me by a friend who wasn’t on the march but was sympathetic to it.
I realise that the Daily Mail is now doing it on purpose, and that it did not have the conviction to put this in the print version of the newspaper, although the print headline, left, is a minor masterpiece in its own right.
The wait is almost over. The Doctor is nearly here. This week saw the release of the trailer for series 6 of Doctor Who, so the question is: What is in store for our Time Lord and his companions this time around?
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