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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

  • Leading article: Don't blame the euro for a crisis not of its making
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    To which there can be only one answer: dream on. Ireland may be hampered to a degree – a very small degree – in extracting itself from its predicament by the constraints inherent in euro membership, but the euro is not what plunged Ireland into this ...

  • Leading article: A migration cap that is as costly as it is counter-productive
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    In her Commons statement yesterday, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced a cap of 21,700 on the number of skilled workers from outside the EU. It included an exemption for "exceptional talent", for those earning £24,000 but staying for less tha...

  • Leading article: Testing is not the answer for everything
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    That is a laudable aim. The last government adopted an over-controlling attitude to education which weighed teachers down by bureaucracy. When they should be teaching, or preparing lessons, they are instead ticking boxes to comply with government ini...

  • Letters: Pope Benedict and contraception
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    What people need to realise is what he essentially said is that as a male prostitute is already planning on engaging in amoral sexual activity, the sin is not in the use of the condom, but in the act itself. Fornication is still fornication and adult...

  • Leading article: Aggression that cannot simply be ignored
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    There are all sorts of reasons why the clash can be explained away in terms of short-term politics. An ailing North Korean president, Kim Jong-il, is anxious to prepare the way for the succession of his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, and may be keen to g...

  • Kim Sengupta: Whether a conman or spy, he made fools of Western forces
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    At the Nato summit in Lisbon last weekend Mark Sedwill, the urbane British diplomat who is the Alliance's chief civilian official in Afghanistan, asked about the progress of the talks, said he was not aware of any significant developments. One can on...

  • Dr John Swenson-Wright: Diplomatic options are limited – war could be catastrophic
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    So what explains the actions of the North? The official line from Pyongyang is that the South fired first. Although the evidence for this is questionable, Monday saw the start of a series of routine military manoeuvres which the North has claimed rep...

  • Jay Merrick: Home of Shakespeare deserves architecture with a sense of drama
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    Those equipped with decent binoculars, and standing on high ground in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire can ogle its pièce de résistance, a tapering 36m-high brick exclamation mark of a tower whose design is puzzling, if n...

  • Letters: how animals are killed
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    In the past few months I have asked, before booking a table, whether I could order non-halal or kosher-killed meat in three popular restaurants in a widely used local shopping destination: in each case the question was greeted by surprise and polite ...

  • Susie Rushton: What's fair game in north Devon?
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    You know the flashpoints in this debate: the slaying of the Emperor of Exmoor, the horsey women of the Countryside Alliance, Carole Middleton fitting in with the Firm by blowing birds out of the sky ... One half of Britain rattles with indignation at...

  • Leading article: A red card from the refs
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    It's gone well beyond the usual moaning about bad decisions which – along with complaining about mistakes by players or bewildering team selections by managers – are part of the disgruntled fans' pleasure in the game. In post-match interviews manager...

  • Deborah Ross: Office workers have the things I yearn for
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    I know about this because I work from home, yet yearn to work in anoffice and yearn all year long. I yearn to steal pens and paper and envelopes and Post-It notes. I yearn to bitch behind others' backs instead of, as things stand, having to bitch abo...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Precedent is critical for law holding leaders responsible
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    Troops loyal to Mr Bemba certainly crossed over to the Central African Republic in 2002 and committed mass murder and mass rape. One legal issue for the court will be whether he can be held responsible for their depredations without proof that he spe...

  • David McKittrick: Fall guy... Cowen must accept public’s blame
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    In the polls and in the pubs the verdict is the same: he does not look prime ministerial and does not look confident or competent. No whiff of personal corruption has attached to him, but apart from this and his keen intellect, he has few positives...

  • Robert Verkaik: The need for justice is more urgent than ever
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

    In such cases lawyers often talk about the quality of mercy and argue that justice delayed is justice denied. But when those crimes involve the mass extermination of another race, few believe that the age, or even the health, of the perpetrators shou...

  • John Rentoul: U turn if you want a dislocate
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

  • Leading article: A test of republican credentials
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    The proximity to Easter of the chosen date means that the nation will be treated to two four-day weekends in a row – with just a three day working week between them. Some in the business community bemoan this, claiming an extra holiday will cost the ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Figures behind economic 'boom' do not add up?
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    On a very conservative estimate (much more conservative than the CBI's £6bn) the cost in lost output of a bank holiday might be about £1bn. The UK generates about £4bn a day in output – less at a weekend and more on a weekday. For some – those toilin...

  • Talbot Church: Rejoice in a most ordinary royal wedding
    Wednesday, 24 November 2010

    What they told us during that off-the-record chat must remain private – suffice it to say that the announcement yesterday of the Westminster Abbey wedding date was no surprise to some of us! – but there can be no hiding one joyous fact: "The Firm" ha...

  • John Rentoul: More on the Blind Side
    Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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