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Monday, 25 October 2010

  • Leading article: A reform that does not benefit the capital
    Monday, 25 October 2010

    One again, we are reminded that some of the Coalition Government's superficially attractive reforms, aimed at tackling abuses in the welfare system, come with a hefty social price tag. Because the Government has no way of forcing private landlords in...

  • Leading article: There is nothing pro-business about risking another slump
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    Yet this raises the question: what is the appropriate way for the state to promote the private sector? The Prime Minister made approving reference in his speech to the letter last week by 35 well-known businessmen in support of the Coalition's plans ...

  • Letters: Wikileaks revelations
    Monday, 25 October 2010

    So, some information has been unofficially leaked. Is that really the feature upon which to concentrate? Might not the officials just possibly – in their heart of hearts – recognise that the brutality, the torture, the deaths are of far, far greater ...

  • Leading article: Haiti was forgotten too soon
    Monday, 25 October 2010

    Recent reports of an outbreak of cholera, which has already killed more than 250 people, are a reminder that once the spotlight of attention shifts, disaster-stricken countries are too often left more or less to their own devices. That this contagiou...

  • Letters: Bus passes
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    I doubt whether Mary Ann Sieghart has yet reached her 50th birthday ("Not every pensioner needs a bus pass", 25 October). As I approach my 80th and find myself struggling to get on a bus in the rain, not seeing too well and laden with this and that...

  • Leading article: Disgraceful snooping from a cyber giant
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It is only thanks to investigations by regulators – in seven of the 30 countries where Google Maps has sent camera cars to photograph millions of houses – that we have now discovered that the vehicles were also sucking up information from unencrypted...

  • Harriet Walker: Spare me Pamela's prime cuts
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It's designed to make us think twice about devouring helpless animals, but how many men will stop salivating over a juicy bit of thigh when faced with the Anderson tenderloin is anybody's guess. That's right, Pammie has become the literal slab of mea...

  • Leading article: Earlier each year
    Monday, 25 October 2010

    This is welcome for the Royal British Legion, which raises money for various good causes from the sales of poppies. But there is a depressing aspect to the way that wearing a red poppy has become a semi-compulsory gesture for figures in the public ey...

  • Laurie Penny: Playboy for the new generation
    Monday, 25 October 2010

    Jobless women in Cardiff and Bristol are apparently flocking to staff the new booby bars, eager to escape unemployment via the newest trend in popular misogyny: retro-sexism. The phenomenon is not exclusive to these erotic eateries but they exemplify...

  • Ben Chu: Mervyn King mobilises his tanks
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

  • Leading article: Coming out of the closet?
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    Much the same thing happened last week when the Vatican, which really should have better things to do, claimed that another stalwart of US children's TV, Homer Simpson, was a closet Catholic. Again the producers felt compelled to make a public contra...

  • Trevor Beattie: This is not a power trip.It's my life's ambition
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    This isn't a power trip about being one of the first civilians up there, it is honestly my life's ambition. Unlike other people, I have had to wait for it to come to me. If I had wanted to climb Everest I could have bought the kit, trained and achiev...

  • Deborah Ross: It's a rich man's world, time-wise
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It is certainly a rich man's world, time-wise. You may even say the time-rich have never had it so good, particularly since the advent of Eddie Stobart, Trucks and Trailers (C5, 8pm, Fridays). As one time-rich person says: "If I were time-poor, I wou...

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