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Tuesday, 5 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: Great opportunities are open to the Liberal Democrats
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    And with the personable Mr Clegg also set to benefit from the publicity that will flow from the new television debates between the three leaders (more even than either David Cameron or Gordon Brown) a healthy wind appears to be filling Liberal Democr...

  • Ian Birrell: The economist who got it right
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    Having endured 30 years in the doldrums, disciples of John Maynard Keynes, the guru of government intervention, are convinced their time has come once again. Politicians have dusted off his textbooks and poured billions into stimulus programmes, so h...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Christianity
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    Apart from fiery or atmospheric interventions, there is no similarity between the Judaeo-Christian God and Zeus. In the Jewish religion, the nature of God was firmly distinguished from anthropomorphic representations. Except in the opening of Job, th...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'In the UK I am usually wiping someone's vomit off my dress at new year'
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    I can't ever remember a New Year's Eve when I have been so hot, I thought I would have to don a bikini. As my friends froze in temperatures of minus six back home, I delighted in texting them to inform them that I was off to Santa Monica to celebrate...

  • Leading article: The bloody cost of spying
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    The head of military intelligence in Afghanistan, Major General Michael Flynn, clearly thinks the latter. In a damning new report he paints a devastating picture of an American intelligence effort so concentrated on specific threats such as roadside ...

  • Hilary Benn: A warming planet demands a new approach to farming in Britain
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    What happened at Copenhagen just before Christmas wasn't the end of what we're trying to achieve; it was only the start and we need to get on with it. Food production and consumption account for almost a third of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions – a...

  • Carola Long: Why can't all shops be like John Lewis?
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    Modern shopping is supposed to be an "experience", and it often is, but not in a good way. It's turned into a purgatorial ordeal by staff in mobile phone shops who recite new tariffs in the grimly monotonous tone of judges delivering prison sentences...

  • Jon Danielsson: The bill equates to £40,000 per family
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    The core of the problem is the conditions attached by the national parliament last August, limiting repayments to 6 per cent of GDP and reserving the right to challenge the obligation in a court of law. These conditions were accepted by a significant...

  • Francoise Cochet: British parents must realise their teenagers are doing this
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    Later that night, my son tied a judo chord around his neck, attached the other end to his door handle and, accidentally, strangled himself to death. It is impossible to know for sure how many other children have not only died, but also been permanent...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Racing uncertainty
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    If the industry goes through with this, Henry Youngman's joke –"I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past five" – might survive. But something else would inevitably die: the traditional language of the betting shop and the rac...

  • Clifford Coonan: It's much colder in China
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    Tens of thousands of workers wearing padded People's Liberation Army coats were mobilised to clear the streets but fears remained that a prolonged cold spell could cause havoc with traffic systems and power supply in the rest of northern China. The c...

  • Andrew Buncombe: From one extreme to the other
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    When I get home and pick up the papers I realise this blast of cold weather – a good 8 degrees colder than normal – is more serious than I'd guessed. Reports suggest that dozens of people in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have died and the au...

  • Steve Connor: Researchers must work together
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010

    The announcement was backed up by a scientific paper that had passed muster with the peer-review process of science – it had been deemed fit enough by a team of independent experts to be published in the journal Science. Now another research group h...

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