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Monday, 4 January 2010

  • Leading article: A depressing beginning to this general election year
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Meanwhile we had a "draft election manifesto" launch from David Cameron at which the Conservative leader hammered home his commitment to protect the £120bn a year health budget and even claimed that greater financial resources will be devoted to depr...

  • Leading article: The world must tread carefully in Yemen
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    At the weekend, the top American commander in the region, David Petraeus, announced plans to double US counter-terrorism aid during a visit to the country. Our own Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has called for an international conference on the terror...

  • Leading article: We need intelligence, not scanners
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's failed attempt to explode a bomb on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day has certainly aroused the demand that the political leaders "do something" to reassure passengers over their safety. But it has also sharpene...

  • Ian Burrell: Are the Tories trying to sell a party – or just a leader?
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Those two memorable lines were the work of the Saatchi brothers, Maurice and Charles, with whom the Conservatives ended a 30-year relationship in 2006. The new work, featuring a giant image of the Tory leader, photographed in an open-necked shirt, do...

  • Simon Davies: Gimmicks, hocus-pocus and ethnic targeting cannot be pillars of safety
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    The new initiatives – ethnic targeting, increased passenger profiling, mass pat-downs and full body scanning – show how our authorities are once again preparing for the last terrorist attempt rather than the next one. The failure of intelligence syst...

  • Denis MacShane: Go to the theatre to see what a Tory future would be like
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Some of the best political commentary is on offer now in London's theatres. Start with The Misanthrope which is pulling in crowds wanting to see Keira Knightley on stage. Molière's play caused political ructions in the 17th century as it mocked the f...

  • Leading article: Plane and simple charging?
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    So the question, given that none of these charges are illegal, is whether the manner in which Ryanair conducts its business is anyone else's concern. John Fingleton, the head of the Office of Fair Trading, suggests that it is. In an interview with th...

  • Patrick Cockburn: This ugly fortress proves the US does not expect affection
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    It is easy to understand why the State Department may be feeling nervous about the embassy's security. It was the target of two vehicles packed with explosives driven by suicide bombers in September 2008 in an attack in which 19 people were killed, o...

  • Victoria Clark: This is no country to do business with
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    Within days of the botched attack, on New Year's Eve, Yemen's foreign minister was begging for help against an estimated 300 jihadists; helicopters, counter-terrorism training and money were on his wish-list. On New Year's Day Gordon Brown was respon...

  • David Nice: Come closer to drama Prokofiev originally conceived
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Unlucky for some, perhaps, and especially for Prokofiev, who never lived to see his “operetta” – which is his most comprehensive if fitfully flawed masterpiece – performed complete in his lifetime. Very few of us have heard every finalised note he ...

  • Amol Rajan: Cameron - Change you can believe in?
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

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  • Letters: Proportional representation
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    As a citizen of the only nation other than Malta to use the single transferable vote form of PR – arguably the most proportional form – many of PR's other failings are manifest: the national interest is subordinated to the local because of the aforem...

  • Liz Hoggard: What's so lazy about monogamy?
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    In her new book, Men, Love, Fidelity, she argues: "Some men can spend the afternoon in a hotel with their mistress and come home to dinner with the family without any feelings of guilt." It goes without saying that Vaillant is a man's woman. She dedi...

  • Talal Rajab: Profiling air passengers could make terrorist attacks easier
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010

    Islam is not ethnically or geographically centred – nor is terrorism. This, coupled with the fact that a large number of converts have been involved in terrorist plots, makes profiling according to religion impossible. Previous terrorism cases have s...

  • Letters: Fate of Gary McKinnon
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    The heroin-smuggling crime was committed in China and no medical evidence of any mental illness suffered by Mr Shaikh has been produced, before or after trial. In July this year, Gary McKinnon, accused of hacking into Pentagon computers, lost all app...

  • Leading article: Train of thought
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    They envisage convoys of six to eight cars on our motorways and autoroutes, all connected by radio transmitters, in which everyone except the driver of the lead vehicle can safely put their feet up and relax – at least until their exit comes up. But ...

  • David Cameron: Progressive Conservatism will mean a fairer, greener society
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    We are progressive Conservatives. Our goal is a fairer, safer, greener country where opportunity is more equal. It's because we are progressives that we will protect the NHS. We recognise its special place in our society so we will improve it for eve...

  • Sophie Morris: Thousands who come in search of a hero
    Monday, 4 January 2010

    There was another reason for the gridlock this weekend: the start of the Dakar Rally, a 9,000km, two-week car race around Argentina and Chile, which was relocated from Africa to South America last year because of fears of terrorist attacks en route t...

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