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  • Leading article: Unrepentant and assured, Mr Blair sees nothing to learn
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    And yet the pictures were telling. This was the first time that the former Prime Minister had been called to explain himself outside Parliament and in public on what has been the most divisive policy issue for at least a generation. He had testified ...

  • Letters: A path to peace in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    The international community has been offering Afghanistan's people jobs, money and development since 2001. But despite some improvements, for example in health and education, economic development still seems remote to many. Unemployment is 40 per cen...

  • Leading article: Ignore the whingeing of the banks
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    But almost no one from the US was in Davos to hear their complaints. The presidential economic adviser Larry Summers, thought by many, in any case, to be sceptical about some of the reforms himself, was the only attendee of note from Mr Obama's admin...

  • E Jane Dickson: Praise where praise is due, not where expected
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    American authors Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson have sparked fierce debate in child psychology circles with their book NurtureShock, which suggests, among other things, that too much "positive reinforcement" can stunt a child's development. The theor...

  • Amy Jenkins: Goodbye to Celebrity Big Brother, but not good riddance
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    Does that make it a flop? Not a bit of it. In fact, I can't believe that CBB is being forced into early retirement. Why would a broadcaster in its right mind what to get rid of show this good? I can see that regular Big Brother has lost its mojo, run...

  • Ben Chu: How English football lost its mind
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    The respective grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs (until the latter moved to Eastlands) were an equal distance from my home in the suburbs of south Manchester. It was, if you like, a choice between the red devils and the ...

  • Leading article: The true causes of a public health firestorm
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Dr Wakefield has accused the GMC of staging a sort of show trial, designed to punish him for daring to dissent from the views of the medical establishment regarding the safety of this vaccine. This seems a conspiracy theory too far. But, in a way, it...

  • Armando Iannucci: It's time for Chilcot's team to flex their ageing muscles
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Despite the disastrous failings of intelligence, the obvious lack of preparedeness and the horrendous whiff of deceit, no one so far has apologised or got sacked. Heads did not roll; they got knighted. Now, it seems, Chilcot is coming closer to finge...

  • The truth is out there: 30/01/2009
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    *As international aid agencies rush food, water and medicine to Haiti's victims, a United States group is sending solar-powered Bibles, ABC news reported this week. The hi-tech Holy Scriptures can broadcast God's word in Haitian Creole to 300 people ...

  • Letters: Corruption and poverty to blame for scandals
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    The fault rests squarely with a government anxious to gain control over the delivery of primary healthcare, in the vain hope of providing the same level of care for less money. Under the old system, GPs had a 24/7 contract for patient care and took a...

  • Leading article: Sri Lanka's destructive feud
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    There is scant likelihood that the ostensibly clear cut victory of incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa will be overturned by the courts as his opponent, the retired general Sarath Fonseka, is demanding. But a huge responsibility now rests upon both...

  • Alex Deane: How the march of officialdom is destroying cherished ways of life
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Michael Mancini was given a £60 fixed penalty notice after a policeman decided he was "not in control of his vehicle" when he wiped his nose with a tissue. Mancini maintains that he was in stationary traffic and had put his handbrake on. He refused t...

  • Nawal Fenwick: I believed nothing could be worse than Saddam's regime. I was wrong
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    I left Baghdad and came to this country to study in 1963. I later married and stayed; I feel Britain is my home. Over the years, I have watched my old country from afar, on television, being crippled first by a brutal dictator, his wars with Iran, hi...

  • Ian Burrell: A history of rescuing ailing companies
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Amid the shock at the hiring of the Royal Mail chief and former FA boss, jokes came thick and fast yesterday. "Expect them to start selling toasters and not broadcasting until 2pm." "I wonder if he will sign up Sven as head of sport?" The quietly det...

  • Julius Cavendish: Struggle to destroy the bombers in the fields of Kandahar
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    It was a rare success in the battle against the Taliban bomb-makers, responsible for so many coalition casualties in Afghanistan. They were, perhaps, the kind of men that may eventually, if the peace plan approved in London actually works, accept Wes...

  • Leading article: Rye smile
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Salinger's great legacy will, of course, be The Catcher in the Rye, the tale of a rebellious and lonely teenager who has been expelled from school for his poor grades. The book was set in a distant era, a post-Second World War New York. But the voice...

  • Susie Rushton: My dream dinner is going to have to wait
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    "Dear Sir/Madam," I began. Hang on. Should I write Señor/Señora? No. It's not as if I'm going to write the whole thing in Spanish, or even Catalan, which would be more correct for an email sent to El Bulli, Ferran Adria's restaurant in Roses, up the ...

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