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  • Leading article: Mr Cameron's responsibility is to give us some detail
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    But to dismiss Mr Cameron's words as political boilerplate would be to miss the point, not to mention the serious challenges the Conservatives are setting themselves. In his speech Mr Cameron claims to be shifting from a previous Tory worldview, in w...

  • Leading article: A strengthened party leader but a diminished PM
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    The "Hoonwitt" affair, meanwhile, has made the splits in the Cabinet that much more visible. By weakening the Prime Minister's authority with respect to that of several of his chief barons, it has also undermined Mr Brown's ability to send a coherent...

  • Leading article: One man in the thick of it
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    Peter Robinson is in the throes of a battle for his political life. He seeks to convince his Democratic Unionist Party that, whatever sexual and financial violations were committed by his wife Iris, his own actions were beyond reproach. The charge ag...

  • David McKittrick: Grassroots will decide if leader survives
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    In deciding that he should step aside as First Minister it has introduced fresh uncertainties into an already complex and confused political situation. The political settlement centring on the power-sharing Assembly looked as though it might be caree...

  • Leading article: Let the team decide
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    The attempt to showcase their success in pacifying their war-torn country by staging a major sports event in a separatist hotbed has only proved the opposite. Three people who happened to be on the Togolese football team bus when separatist militants...

  • Paul Richards: Labour beware... Brown's men will now be bent on revenge
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    Labour MPs and peers will cram into Committee Room 14 in the House of Commons. Members of the Cabinet sit at the front of the room on a raised platform. Perpendicular to them are rows of choir stalls where MPs will sit. At the back it is standing roo...

  • Letters: The anti-Brown plot
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    Just as the Party began the year with growing confidence, a narrowing of the Conservative lead over Labour and 16 weeks to a general election, who did they think would benefit? On the doorsteps and on the telephone, my experience is that the electora...

  • Leading article: Snow joke
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    But then: disaster. Suddenly the gritters appear on the horizon (after days of reports that stores were running out). The roads are cleared, the schools are reopened by determined head teachers and, horror of horrors, the exams are suddenly back on a...

  • Nick Clegg: Four pledges to prove only one party is serious about fixing Britain
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    Talk of change is cheap. Delivering big, permanent change is the real challenge. We are putting our cards on the table now. The heart of our manifesto will be short, direct and to the point. We have stripped away everything that is not essential beca...

  • Liz Hoggard: Diversity matters more than fairness
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    Ann is an example of the great British eccentric. Gender means nothing to her. Oxbridge-educated, she'd have ascended to the top as a blue Martian. But I simply cannot agree with her stance on all-women shortlists. If we are to be properly representa...

  • Robert Chesshyre: Cold? You should have been around in the 1950s
    Tuesday, 12 January 2010

    In those post-war years there was a coke boiler in the kitchen: unlike modern gas boilers with their fans and computers, it didn't (couldn't) break down; from an early age we children were assigned the task of going out into the shivering cold to get...

  • Letters: Snow threat
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    Less widely understood is the insidious toxic legacy for wildlife of the tonnes of salt grit spread on our roads, a few footways and some car parks. Road-salt contaminates ground- and surface-water, poisons wildlife and kills trees and other vegetati...

  • Leading article: Green shoots
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    We seem far away from that eventuality in this country. It will be interesting to see, presuming Brighton does strike a blow for greenery in the next election, to what degree the precedent catches on. The resort favoured by "Prinny", as the Prince Re...

  • Barack Obama: The only path out of recession is one of sustainable job creation
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    That was brought home again yesterday. We learned that in November, our economy saw its first month of job gains in nearly two years – but last month, we lost more than we gained. Now, we know that no single month makes a trend, and job losses for th...

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