The logo of HSBC bank. The Daily Telegraph’s departing political commentator, Peter Oborne complained this week that it had failed to cover tax evasion allegations against the bank for fear it would lose the institution’s advertising. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Tim Butcher, who last year published a fine book on Gavrilo Princip, the assassin whose bullet set the fire that led to the first World War, began his(...)

The content of the Anglo Irish Bank tapes published in the Irish Independent could prejudice proceedings. Defendants might seek to follow the lead of Charles Haughey in 2000, when he successfully pleaded that because public opinion had been poisoned against him, he could not get a fair trial on charges of obstructing the McCracken tribunal. Photograph: David Sleator

A former director of public prosecutions, James Hamilton, presents a depressing choice in his warning that it would be “foolish” for the Government to(...)