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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

  • Leading article: The faulty reasoning of the Westminster plotters
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Leaving aside the disingenuousness of the letter's language, however, this coup attempt evidently had some serious pre-planning, unlike last summer's almost farcical affair. Yet, as a stream of cabinet ministers pledged their support for Mr Brown thr...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Drink-sponsorship in sport
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    The list seems endless: anyone would think that beer and lager were performance-enhancing sports drinks. By associating alcohol with sports, brewing companies are creating a false association with fitness and health, at a time when rates of liver cir...

  • Leading article: Iceland should not be bullied
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Since then, Britain has used every avenue possible to pressure Iceland. It is clear the government has used its influence within the European Union and at the International Monetary Fund to block aid packages that hold the key to Iceland escaping its...

  • Geoff Hoon: We need to sort out this leadership issue once and for all
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    The Parliamentary Labour Party remains deeply divided over the question of the leadership. No one is around the House of Commons for very long without hearing comments and complaints about our inability to get our message across. Every speech or inte...

  • Yvonne Roberts: Meals for the elderly are not just about nutrition
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    He is lucky because the quality of nursing is high. He is treated as an individual with quirks and likes and dislikes, many of them manifested by what he chooses to have on his plate (basically, yes to anything with jam and custard). Now, the British...

  • Ian Birrell: It is counter-productive to humiliate another nation
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Once again, the two countries are at loggerheads as they clear up the mess of the credit crisis. Both recklessly rode the boom and are now suffering the hangover, with huge debts threatening prosperity for a generation. And since Iceland owes us £3.6...

  • Suren Surendiran: These candidates are largely to blame for destroying our people
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Those in the traditional homeland are still recovering from the woes of the war; there has been no time for proper healing, rehabilitation or reconstruction. Most do not know where their loved ones are and whether they are still living or dead. They ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Lost in the meat-eaters' moral maze
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    This is all timely stuff for me. My new year's resolution is to eat much less meat and dairy. We've all got to grips with the idea of turning off lights, not making unnecessary car journeys, lagging the attic – but the fact that consuming meat and da...

  • Gareth Stansfield: With US support, a brighter future beckons for the Kurds
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Ethnic tensions were heightened by the January provincial elections, from which Kirkuk was excluded. In Ninevah the Kurds were removed from the provincial council and replaced by the Arab nationalist party Hadhba. And, in the Kurdistan National Assem...

  • John Curtice: None of the pretenders can offer salvation
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    True, Labour's position looks a little better now than it did last June, when the resignation of James Purnell gave rise to major doubts about Mr Brown's future. Then our regular monthly poll of polls put Labour on just 24 per cent. Now it stands on ...

  • Iain Duncan Smith: Britain's social fabric would be wrecked by quickie separations
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    The need for less acrimonious and more transparent proceedings in family law highlighted by lawyers in the recent survey is paramount, but no-fault divorce is not the solution. These would undermine marriage and the commitment it involves. It is also...

  • 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...

  • Guy Adams: In the land where free speech is sacrosanct
    Thursday, 7 January 2010

    Mr Beatty is particularly partial to spanking, claims Peter Biskind's scholarly tome, and has devoted life away from the screen to sexual encounters including "daytime quickies, drive bys [and] casual gropings." His libido even prompted Joan Collins ...

  • 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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