The censorious among us can seize on vast amounts of online evidence and use it to ruin the lives of citizens at random

Rupert Murdoch’s critics will never concede that the tycoon has any merits — but our media would be worse off without him

Anthony Daniels has said he likes living in foreign countries. He has lived in several of them. For one thing, a foreign country’s problems are not your own problems — your own country’s. You can view them with a certain detachment. It may be too bad that Italy has gone childless, let’s say. But what really churns your gut is the barbarisation of Birmingham.

Do you know the definition of minor surgery? Surgery someone else is having.

I don’t live in Britain, but I have become addicted to the British press. I turn to it for information and amusement, yes. But also for something like comfort. As an American political journalist, I am enmeshed in my own country’s problems, and long have been. Sometimes these problems are bitter in one’s mouth. My cousins, the British, provide relief.

Daisy Waugh listens in on the great debate on phone hacking.

‘There is only one thing the Leveson inquiry needs to discover: how did the law come to be broken repeatedly and publicly, with impunity?’

Book review of A Point of View by Clive James

The Independent‘s new masthead is a little too close to home for Standpoint

Our most cherished liberty is up for grabs at the Leveson inquiry, but it cannot be entrusted to a new tribunal to muzzle newspapers

The military historian and former editor has belatedly renounced his European faith. Can we expect further recantations?

Simplistic and divisive, the media response to the riots was utterly predictable