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  • Leading article: Wind is the revolution needed in this country
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    These farms are projected to generate up to 32 gigawatts of power by 2020, a quarter of the UK's electricity needs. Next comes the planning and consent process. Providing those hurdles are cleared, construction on the new farms can begin in 2014. Not...

  • Letters: The proposed 'road train'
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    Is it intended that some lorries will be licensed to drive at 70mph to lead road trains, or is it believed that hundreds of motorists will be happy to travel at less than 60mph for a more relaxed journey? Traffic moves at the speed of the slowest veh...

  • Leading article: The end of the affair
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    She has already fled from public life, and he cannot last long as Northern Ireland's First Minister. There are too many loose ends in the tale, too many avenues demanding exploration, too many lewd Iris Robinson jokes making the rounds. Authority and...

  • Mary Wakefield: Those clever animals deserve better treatment from us humans
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    She was the star of a programme which claimed that dogs are far cleverer than we ever imagined. Betsy herself can remember more than 340 words and as she waited for each new command her eyes glowed with the sort of devotion to learning last seen on a...

  • The truth is out there: 09/01/2010
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    *The Chinese government has paid 78,000 yuan (£7,167) to 59 people who reported pornographic websites, china.com.cn reported. Government officials received 257,000 tip-offs after announcing a reward scheme for porn patrollers a month ago. Altogether,...

  • E Jane Dickson: Someone has to pay for care for elderly people
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    It was a good joke in the 17th century. Now, as state provision for the elderly once more hits the headlines, it rings distinctly hollow. When, as part of the Queen's Speech in November, the Government announced its Personal Care at Home Bill, it was...

  • 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: A part to play
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    Today is the final day in our Christmas Appeal. Over the past month we have printed 30 stories through which we have tried to convey some idea of how the Christmas insight can be maintained in a hard world. We cannot change everything, but we can mak...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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