Page 3 will only vanish if progressives appeal to the facts

The return of bare flesh to the third page of The Sun on Friday overturned days of crowing by the left-wing press and political classes, much of it orchestrated by the Guardian, which holds as much love for Rupert Murdoch as North Korea does for its southern neighbour.

Throughout the week the Guardian ran a series of stories celebrating the demise of Page 3, following a report in The Sun’s sister paper The Times on Monday. Most prominent of these was a piece by columnist Joan Smith, rather prematurely titled: “The sexual revolution made Page 3 possible. A feminist revolution ended it.”

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Hiding behind Western illiberalism is a poor defence of Islam

It was inevitable that the slaughter at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7th would excite comment on the strained relations between the West and Islam, and the London press was among many who obliged during the last week.

After a three day manhunt heavily chronicled by journalist around the world, and subsequent rallies in France attended by 3.7 million across France on Sunday, the publication of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo is set to further concentrate minds on the constraints of free speech.

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Cameron’s TV dodging is tactically astute

There have been two big moves from 10 Downing Street in the last week concerning the place of TV debates in the run-up to the general election.

The first was a decision to avoid a debate between the major British parties unless the left-wing Greens were allowed in. The other was a last minute retreat from a promised appearance on Leaders Live, in which youths can put questions to party leaders.

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