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  • 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: The economy determines the political battlefield
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    Among the disappointed will have been several of our political leaders. These figures are not good news for either the Government or the Conservatives. Gordon Brown hoped to get an electoral boost from a return to growth, believing that it would enab...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The voting system
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    Failing the complete reform of the voting system, an option to abstain would confront all parliamentary candidates with the strength of feeling against them and might even encourage a little humility in those who are elected. Without such an outlet, ...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Here I was being told to keep my nose out - I, the only proper witness'
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    I was standing in line patiently, waiting to make my own complaint, when I suddenly found myself starring in Beverly Hills Cop. The clearly violent suspect (I am sooooooo Hollywood now), was in his 70s, quite well dressed, speaking with a German acce...

  • Leading article: More than a legal nicety
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    What yesterday's testimony added was precisely why it was so essential that he rule as he did. Quite simply, the legality of the whole enterprise hung on it, because the advice provided until that point had gone unambiguously the other way. The two s...

  • Nigel Morris: How Mr Blair and Mr Straw abandoned law for politics...
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    The politicians' apparent determination to override the unanimous opinion of Foreign Office lawyers is the most dramatic disclosure so far at the Chilcot hearings, and Elizabeth Wilmshurst made no effort yesterday to disguise her opinion of her forme...

  • Sarah Wootton: Only clearer laws can bring compassion to the euthanasia debate
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    As demonstrated here and in the case of Frances Inglis last week, the existing law doesn't work in practice and is not in line with public opinion. Ultimately, we need a full public consultation on whether the law should change, to regulate and legal...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Words that allow us to stare grief in the face
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    In 1998, the last collection of original poems to take the cross-category final prize proved to be Ted Hughes's ecstatic, tormented swansong for his first wife Sylvia Plath, Birthday Letters. (Heaney won the next round with his version of Beowulf.) T...

  • Sean O'Grady: There is little to celebrate in these latest feeble figures
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    A shock then. But perhaps we knew that our economy had run into a few problems, disguised during the long boom that ended so abruptly two years ago – too much reliance on the City and financial services, too much consumption in the decade when we use...

  • Victoria Clark: Yemen's greatest enemy is sitting across its border
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    No fool, the Imam decided that Sanaa's streets would soon be a match for Cologne's; all he needed to do was declare war against America, lose it, and wait for the aid to pour in. The tale may be apocryphal but, as London readies itself for tomorrow's...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: No broken glass
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    But recession may also have played its part. The other quality of these glasses is their reluctance to break. In good times, that was a disadvantage for the producer. But in bad economic times, it's a selling point. When Baccarat is beyond the budget...

  • 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...

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