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Monday, 18 January 2010

  • Leading article: The Conservatives have learned their lesson
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    The "elitism" that Mr Cameron was referring to was, of course, not his own social background, but rather the new cadre of super-intelligent and dynamic teachers he intends to lure into state-school classrooms if his party wins the forthcoming general...

  • Leading article: America must fulfil its responsibilities to Haiti
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    But the docking of the carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Bataan in Haitian waters will also be a symbolic moment in the relations between these two nations. America has a special responsibility towards this poor and now utterly stricken Caribbean neig...

  • Isabel Hilton: Don't blame the Haitians for doubting US promises
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    Those were violent days in Haiti, as the remnants of the dictatorship's enforcers, the Tonton Macoutes, tried to control post-Duvalier politics. Manigat observed that political violence stripped the social body bare to allow a clear view of what lay ...

  • Ben Chu: Remember why deficits are so large
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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  • Leading article: A formidable Afghan adversary
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    What the timing of this well-planned and co-ordinated assault shows is that the Taliban are a group with a long-term political plan rather than just a fractious coalition of warlords bent on defending their patch. It underscores the extent to which t...

  • Michael McCarthy: Cameron is sticking to his green guns despite the risks
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    But the picture of David Cameron surrounded by huskies as the frozen wastes of the Arctic stretch out behind him qualifies, like that haunting Diana picture, as an iconic image: it unforgettably represents the moment when an attitude changed. You can...

  • Vince Cable: We need to revitalise municipal government
    Monday, 18 January 2010

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  • Leading article: A tale of two types of city
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    Population centres including Hull, Barnsley, Stoke-on-Trent, Burnley, Newport and Doncaster have seen a drastic jump in unemployment and a deep decline in business activity. Yet other places, among them, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Cambridge an...

  • Edward Mortimer: UN has long been in charge – no one else wanted the job
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    "Oh yes," he added, as if an afterthought, "Also 'one of the most tragic days' for Haiti..." Taken out of context, Mr Le Roy's remark sounds absurdly self-obsessed. In quantitative terms, the damage done to Haiti and its people by last week's earthqu...

  • Letters: Media and aid in quake zone
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    This could easily become President Obama's Hurricane Katrina, and Hillary Clinton's pronouncements must ring particularly hollow to those who are suffering from hunger and thirst, dying of their injuries or still trapped in the rubble as she speaks. ...

  • Leading article: Computer says no
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    All this spending has been wonderful for IT consultants. The trouble is that the public, who as taxpayers have been funding for it, have been considerably less well served. From the malfunctioning passports system to the unwieldy NHS supercomputer, m...

  • Prince William: Our digital age brings Britain and New Zealand closer than ever
    Tuesday, 19 January 2010

    We know from our history of the courage and stoicism of New Zealanders – exemplified by the valour of such men as Charles Upham, whose double VC I had the privilege of seeing for myself in 2005, and whose exploits echo down the years in the recent co...

  • Letters: US and Haiti
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    After the hurricane, the highways, airport, and seaport facilities of New Orleans were in working order. The current horrors in Port-au-Prince are caused by the fact that the seaport is not operating, the airport has only one runway and limited parki...

  • Leading article: Apple turnover
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The documentary record – posted online today by the Royal Society – isn't actually much help in answering that question for it shows that accounts of the famous falling fruit story were related by Newton to third parties in his later years. In other ...

  • Daniel Howden: Not so ruthless in the face of the toothless
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    I imagine a few people come to dentistry with a sense of mission. Many are presumably attracted by the income. But there are few places in the world where to do so is in itself revolutionary. Michael chose the profession in a place where many of his ...

  • David Usborne: Coakley ticks most of the right boxes, but she has no fizz
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    She is earnest, professional and clever and she is a woman, not a bad thing in politics right now. But Martha Coakley, the woman intended to take up the big man's baton, has no fizz. Coming in the wake of a man who, for all his faults, was a giant of...

  • Geoff Mulgan: Put happiness on the election agenda
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The main reason is a flood of evidence now available – from psychology and behavioural economics, neuroscience and sociology – about what does and doesn't make people happy. It shows that although there is a strong genetic influence on wellbeing, peo...

  • David Cameron: No point in tougher deportation if we keep letting unwanted people in
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The same thinking also applies to the way we handle threats here in Britain. So there's not much point having tougher laws to deport people who are a threat to Britain if at the same time we don't have a proper border police force to stop unwanted pe...

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