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100 years of International Women’s Day: Still not equal, and some are less equal than others, Notebook

100 years of International Women’s Day: Still not equal, and some are less equal than others

It’s a day to celebrate the progress that women around the world have made in fighting for their rights over the past century.  It’s also a day to look to the century to come, at the challenges that remain for the world’s women, and at those that lie ahead.
Women’s rights remain a major concern in [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 4:28 pm

Leaning forward, falling over, Eagle Eye

Leaning forward, falling over

Jonathan Powell has a good review of Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir, Known and Unknown, in this week’s New Statesman (not online: buy it here). The book adds little to our knowledge, except that in its “wearing” and “relentless” attempt at self-justification, in which “everyone else was to blame for what went wrong”, it confirms Rumsfeld’s responsibility [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 2:26 pm

Blackpool in trouble and United bamboozled, Sport

Blackpool in trouble and United bamboozled

All season I have been warning that plucky attacking Blackpool will be relegated. Most have disputed that strongly but their poor home record has now put them in danger.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 1:10 pm

How Cameron’s spokesman became the story, Notebook

How Cameron’s spokesman became the story

This morning’s papers will not have been easy reading for Craig Oliver, Downing Street’s new head of communications.
Within just a couple of weeks of starting his job he has already (inadvertently) broken the spin doctor’s golden rule: don’t become the story yourself. Remember the fate of Campbell, McBride and Coulson.
So what happened yesterday and was [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 1:01 pm

Shareholders shafted by bankers, Eagle Eye

Shareholders shafted by bankers

If you’d invested £100 in HSBC in 2006 you would have, roughly, a £90 return now. Barclays, on this timeframe, would have given you around £63. £100 in Lloyds would have given you a measly £25. And £100 in RBS would have given you a pathetic £12. Meanwhile, £100 invested in an FTSE all share tracker would have given you a positive return of about £105.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 12:49 pm

Should we really only care about ‘bobbies on the beat’?, Notebook

Should we really only care about ‘bobbies on the beat’?

A leak from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) today provided the latest (and best) estimates of how cuts in police funding would affect the workforce. In total, 28,000 jobs will go over the next four years, with police officer numbers falling by 12,000 (eight percent) over four years and police staff numbers falling [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 12:32 pm

World of weather: Heavy rainfall in Bolivia, Notebook

World of weather: Heavy rainfall in Bolivia

Another week, another disaster brought on by the extraordinary La Niña conditions. Bolivia, which at the end of the 2010 was suffering from a serious drought, has been inundated by unusually intense rain for over a month,with widespread problems. On 22 February, the Bolivian Government declared a national emergency in five of the country’s nine [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 11:25 am

Caught & Social: Jude bags himself a Brazilian Pat-a-like, Notebook

Caught & Social: Jude bags himself a Brazilian Pat-a-like

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 11:18 am

Today from <i>i</i>: The world in a pancake, Notebook

Today from i: The world in a pancake

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 11:08 am

Digital Digest, Notebook

Digital Digest

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By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 11:04 am

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