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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: Chilcot is now set for one crucial piece of testimony
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The former Washington ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, had been wrong, according to Mr Campbell, to claim that Tony Blair made a key decision to support regime change in Iraq at a meeting at President George Bush's Crawford ranch in April 2002. Mr ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Revolution in parenting
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Not only has a prominent man, Nick Clegg, entered headlong into a debate about parenting, but you ask two men to respond, Jimmy Leach and James Moore. This is the first high-profile debate about parenting in which men are taking an active, even a lea...

  • Jaci Stephen: ‘Behind every celebrity death is a band of friends and relatives in mourning’
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Above clouds, you can believe in anything. Flying west to east, into daybreak, the sun is always rising; east to west, it sets in silence, always perfect. Sometimes, I feel close to the heaven of my childhood imagination. Up there. Beyond. Closer to ...

  • Leading article: A Republican echo chamber
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Fox in particular has become a home for out-of-power Republicans. Mike Huckabee, John McCain's closest challenger in the 2008 Republican primaries, as well as Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, are among other political luminaries on its payrol...

  • Sarath Fonseka: Sri Lanka is in danger of winning the war but losing the peace
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The victory we secured for all Sri Lankans was not an end in itself. It was the decisive beginning towards restoring peace that would enable us to re-build the country and put it firmly on the path to economic recovery and development. We owed this t...

  • Carola Long: Mine's a pint of Guy Ritchie
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    One solution comes from an unlikely source – diamond geezer Guy Ritchie. As if landlord, film director, flat cap wearer and ex-husband to Madonna weren't sufficiently full-time occupations, Ritchie has just launched a record label named Punchbowl Rec...

  • Jacob Appel: Allowing a manslaughter defence brings risk of anarchy
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Allowing this defence significantly increases the threat to other abortion providers. It also has disturbing implications for the prosecution of a wide range of suspects – from animal rights extremists to al-Qa'ida terrorists. Judge Warren Wilbert ha...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Free speech's limits
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    But either way ministers must avoid the trap of only treating the symptoms of extremism and neglecting its causes. Whatever the arguments about bans, the most effective way to combat the virus of hate-fuelled Islamism is through patient engagement wi...

  • Jonathan Brown: How I bared all on a walk with Gough
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Realistically, I suppose it was the sight of my lily-white derrière spread across a whole page in a national newspaper that caused so many of my friends and colleagues to remind me of the piece on quite so many occasions. But I will accept the taunts...

  • Shaaz Mahboob: It's time for moderate Muslims to step forward
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The ban is a welcome sign that the Government is finally taking notice of individuals found abusing the right to free speech. Perhaps its next action will be against far-right organisations – if it holds back, it will raise serious questions about th...

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