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Monday, 25 January 2010

  • Leading article: Politicians should lead opinion, not just follow it
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    But the annual British Social Attitudes study, released today, does, at least, help us understand the direction of travel. In 1983, when the first British Social Attitudes survey was conducted, 62 per cent of those questioned regarded homosexuality a...

  • Leading article: A fixed retirement age should be consigned to the past
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Employers, too, will fear extra costs. With many older workers saying they want to work beyond the state pensionable age, companies could face a choice between keeping on unproductive workers into old age or funding expensive lawsuits to justify thei...

  • Marie Staunton: Rush to adopt Haiti's orphans could compound their misery
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

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  • Leading article: Time for an end to the DUP veto
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    The political process does not depend on love between ancient enemies in the administration which is headed by the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein. But it does require a modicum of give and take to keep it functioning. This has been absent. This i...

  • Robert Verkaik: Two cases, two contrasting results
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    These two startlingly different outcomes, to two seemingly similar cases of mercy killing, show how little scope there is for measuring compassion in our criminal justice system. Critics of the law of homicide say that both Mrs Gilderdale, 55, and Mr...

  • Leading article: Realism replaces idealism
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    In almost every other respect, though, the delay is positive. It shows that realism has replaced idealism. It shows that President Karzai and his Western backers have learnt lessons from last year's botched presidential election. And it shows a gener...

  • Donald Macintyre: Obama can't afford to sit this one out
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Even assuming Mr Netanyahu was joking, the story helps to explain why the latest deadlock is less than traumatic for the Israeli leadership. The security threat from the West Bank is – for now – at an historically low level; Mr Netanyahu's success in...

  • Tim Bell: If staff want to carry on, don't stand in their way
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    It has always seemed to me to make perfect sense to keep people who want to carry on working later into life. If someone has something to offer a company or a business, then both will benefit from an extension of that relationship. Making it legal to...

  • Robbie Marsland: Don't underestimate the huge scale of this bloody trade
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    The enormous scale of the trade should not be underestimated – the value of ivory and other illegal wildlife sales comes second only to the illegal drugs and weapon trade, making ivory a 21st century "blood diamond". Organised criminal gangs of poach...

  • Letters: Eating disorders
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    Why are more cost-effective options not used before people become critical? It has been proven that the earlier a person with an eating disorder obtains treatment, the more likely they will recover. As with obesity, anorexia carries with it other med...

  • Leading article: Transatlantic confrontation
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    The problem is that this is the land which produced The Jerry Springer Show, which put on episodes with titles such as "I Stole My 12-year-old's Boyfriend!", "I Want to Join a Suicide Cult!", "I cut off my manhood" and "I'm a Breeder for the Ku Klux ...

  • John Curtice: This snapshot shows the scale of Brown's task
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    But Mr Brown can only profit from such an approach if his side of the alleged dividing line is clearly the more popular. And the latest findings from NatCen's British Social Attitudes survey cast doubt on whether the public will be as receptive to t...

  • Liz Hoggard: Quit hankering after the One Big Love
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    According to an American book out this week, women who refuse to commit unless they find a man with whom they feel a deep love are consigning themselves to a lonely future. Lori Gottlieb, author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr Good Enough,...

  • Barbara Stocking: Impatience of media ignores the facts
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    Frustration over the pace of the relief effort is understandable but misguided. In their pursuit of the "story" some commentators have not paid sufficient attention to the facts. Easiest to dismiss is the accusation that aid agencies are distracted b...

  • Letters: War heroes
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Sheffield was targeted by Hitler's bombers on two nights in 1940; Birmingham was the second most heavily bombed city in Britain. During three years of bombing, more than 2,200 citizens were killed and 7,000 were injured. Nearly 12,400 homes, 302 fact...

  • Leading article: Save the elephants
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Now a third sale is proposed, which will give an even greater boost to the ivory market. If it believes in wildlife protection at all, the British Government must oppose this, which may mean disregarding the advice of the CITES itself and even of its...

  • Adam Harrison: Companies should act – not palm us off with token efforts
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Most is sourced from Malaysia and Indonesia, where it is grown on land that was previously forest – and home to a wide array of species, including orang-utans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Local communities that rely on the same forests for food and...

  • Nick Herbert: A unique chance to choke demand for ivory once and for all
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010

    Since the last sales in 2008 poaching has seen a sharp increase. The inclusion of China as a buyer of stockpiled ivory, supported by the UK Government, has been linked to this rise, and anecdotal evidence from China tells of a huge and growing market...

  • Barack Obama: The power of the US lobbyists is increasing and must be resisted
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    We've been making steady progress. But this week, the US Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists, and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself....

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