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Thursday, 7 January 2010

  • Leading article: A sensible proposal for reforming MPs' expenses
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    Sir Ian's problem is that he is not the first in the field. He was appointed only two months ago to head the newly created Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which came into existence under a 2009 Act of Parliament because of the e...

  • 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...

  • Letters: School snow closures
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    Because of the location of most schools, nestled within local communities and not in the centre of towns and cities, and because most teachers tend not to live within those communities (I wouldn't want to bump into a dozen or more of my pupils or the...

  • Leading article: Nigeria's desperate plight
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    In his absence a whole bevy of forces in this fragmented and volatile state are gathering to fill the vacuum. The opposition is insisting that President Yar'Adua's deputy, Jonathan Goodluck, be sworn in as acting head of state in accordance with the ...

  • Susie Rushton: Enjoy the travel chaos while it lasts
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    Maybe you had to get in a car, which meant half-an-hour of ice-scraping before going anywhere, then an elaborate de-misting ritual and a nail-biting drive in low gear. Maybe you had to then spend the night in the car, even gave birth in it, or abando...

  • Ben Preston: Wickedly mischievous, flawlessly slick – in short, he's a huge loss
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    There was a glorious symbolism when the news broke with a tweet. Even the biggest television celebrities can't escape the fallout of the digital explosion now. As audiences fragment across new channels and online, broadcasters can't afford exclusive ...

  • James S Fishkin: The 58 ideas that could hold the key to bringing the election alive
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    This weekend Power2010 will convene an unprecedented experiment in public consultation. A national sample of the entire UK, first polled online by YouGov, will be transported from virtual space to physical space in a London hotel. The agenda for the ...

  • Diane Abbot: These plotters lacked both common sense and principles
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    This latest coup had all the hallmarks of the summer effort by James Purnell, Hazel Blears, etc. The protagonists have spent so long in the New Labour bubble that they have forgotten they are members of the Labour Party and that we have rules. There ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: One to savour
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    But compete it continues to do, and the nail-biting closing moments of yesterday's third Test in Cape Town showed why. The last English pair at the crease, 17 balls of the match remained. Every blocked delivery an act of heroism that had thousands in...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Watching time go by on public transport
    Friday, 8 January 2010

    Suggest doing any of it now and you'll find everyone has sworn off socialising while they concentrate on becoming thinner, cleverer or saner by spring. I'm starting to wonder, though, if it might be something I said, as most people also seem determin...

  • 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 ...

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