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Friday, 22 January 2010

  • Leading article: Two damaged children and a wider dereliction of duty
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Almost as shocking as the grim details of the crime, however, was the picture that emerged of the home life – if that is what it can be called – of the two attackers. Some in the courtroom shouted after the culprits, as they were led away, that they ...

  • Mary Wakefield: No matter what grown-ups do, children still prefer marriage
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    On the whole, though, most commentators so far seem to agree with Balls: marriage is no better than any other form of family life. For a government to provide a financial incentive to get hitched would be not only immoral, they say, but old hat. Marr...

  • Leading article: President Obama shows the way
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    First, let us be clear about what Glass-Steagall-like reforms cannot achieve. They will not, for example, prevent the collapse of banks. Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley – and, nearly, Halifax Bank – went under during the financial crisis des...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Ducking, diving and denying the truth
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    In moments of idle fancy, one dreams that Tony Blair's appearance at the Chilcot inquiry next Friday might be like that. "Yes, of course I took the country into a needless and illegal war. I knew very well that the intelligence about Saddam Hussein's...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Looting - is it really is a matter of black and white?
    Friday, 22 January 2010

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  • Leading article: What the banks deserve is not just rage, but reform
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    These revenues are not to any meaningful sense the result of the brilliance by Goldman's staff over the past year. Goldman has been able to borrow exceptionally cheaply from the Federal Reserve in 2009. Its cost of funding has been driven down by the...

  • Letters: GPs' patient care
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    The old out-of-hours service was always patchy; as any junior hospital doctor would have been able to tell you, some GPs were excellent, but many were not so good. Now the requirement seems to be for GPs to devote their time to managing long-term con...

  • Leading article: The challenge of Chilcot
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Iraq remains a highly divisive issue and the way key participants saw events at the time (and may have edited their memories subsequently) adds a dimension that has not been heard in public before. Next week's appearance by Tony Blair is set to be pr...

  • E Jane Dickson: The sex lives of others are no affair of ours
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Woods, currently in the care of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Mississippi, joins a long line of penitent priapics seeking state-of-the-art therapy for an old-fashioned trouser problem. Michael Douglas, David Duchovny and Russ...

  • Clint Hendler: A counterweight to the ranting right, but demand wasn't there
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    The fact is that conservative voices have long dominated political radio, providing refuge and a sense of community for millions on the right, who have long derided the major wheels of US media as hopelessly biased. The biggest stars, like Rush Limba...

  • Letters: Working-class MPs
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    For a working-class person to become an MP he/she must convert to middle-class behaviour. Working-class people who join the political/media club and do not conform are mocked, as happened to Lord Sugar after his maiden speech in the House of Lords an...

  • Leading article: An ethical trap for the health service
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    Yesterday, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) estimated that there were one million adults whose weight had ballooned to the point where they qualified under the Nice criteria and that 240,000 wanted surgery, yet just 4,300 got it. The yawning gap b...

  • Martin Robbins: Magic potions must not be sold next to real medicines
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    Believers claim something that causes symptoms can cure them, as long as it's diluted so there's none of the original substance left. So caffeine could cure insomnia, if diluted to the extent that all you have left is water – the remedies contain no ...

  • Harriet Harman: Inequality is still a problem – but the Tories would make it worse
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    We want to continue tackling the inequality that remains in today's Britain and this will be an important issue in the next general election. And the big choice for people will be: who will they trust to make sure their children get a decent chance t...

  • James Moore: Only the US has muscle to make banks behave
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    France has said it is planning a similar move, although there are no details yet and a fight is already brewing. Meanwhile other financial centres have discretely been running marketing events in an attempt to spirit away at least some of London's bu...

  • Kim Sengupta: Minister paints himself as source of caution
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    That was the self-portrait the former foreign secretary produced at the Chilcot Inquiry yesterday, presenting himself as a source of caution and moderation at a tempestuous time, seeking to avoid over-egging the case for war, especially when it came ...

  • Melissa Shales: Flying is hard enough when you're fat. Don't make it any worse
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    It's much more entertaining, if less carbon neutral. Except that if Air France-KLM have their way I might be grounded by simple economics. If I am forced to pay for two seats because some stick insect behind a desk decides that I am too broad, that's...

  • Fred Pearce: I wrote the offending article. I stand by it
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Back in 1999, I wrote an article in New Scientist magazine quoting a leading Indian glaciologist that global warming was likely to melt all the Himalayan glaciers by 2035. Syed Hasnain told me that was his conclusion in an unpublished report to the ...

  • Leading article: Water of life
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    Yesterday we reported on the return of salmon to the once dreadfully polluted watercourses of South Wales. And the explanation for that turnaround is the fact that the water quality there has improved significantly in the past two decades. But life i...

  • Susie Rushton: I fear the Tories don't need my vote
    Friday, 22 January 2010

    I wonder for a second about unpaid bills, tax returns left incomplete, the joke about taking a bomb on a plane I'm pretty sure I didn't write. She smiles. "I'm canvassing for the Conservatives." Another short pause. "Will we be counting on your suppo...

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