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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

  • Leading article: For the Republicans, the real challenges lie ahead
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    But it was not quite as bad as the Democrats – and their many supporters around the world – had feared. While they lost control of the House of Representatives, they emerged with a bare majority in the Senate. Harry Reid clung to his Nevada Senate se...

  • Amanda Foreman: Obama can take comfort from history
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    The polls predicted a massive swing to the Republicans and were proven right: 10 governorships, six Senate seats and more than 60 House seats. There has not been such a seismic change in the House for the past 70 years. But it is important to put Oba...

  • Leading article: The folly of closing our borders
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    Visa applications from researchers are being turned down. Businesses are finding it difficult to bring in highly-qualified staff from overseas. The Government has already had to make a special case of Premier League footballers from abroad. And a rep...

  • Patrick Cockburn: If al-Qa'ida really want to hit the West, they can
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    The failure of al-Qa'ida to stage a second round of attacks on the scale of 9/11 is often attributed to the arduous work of Western security services, eliminating al-Qa'ida leaders and isolating or destroying their strongholds. But there is another m...

  • Arianna Huffington: President discovers that if you claim control of the economy, it is up to you to fix it
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    It is, and they have. Exit polls found that nearly nine in 10 voters believe the economy is in bad shape. The same percentage feel pessimistic about America's economic future. That's practically everyone! And while a large majority of voters still be...

  • John Curtice: This could make Cameron the winner from electoral reform
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    Under the Alternative Vote, candidates are placed in order of preference. If no one candidate wins over 50 per cent, votes cast for those at the bottom of the poll are progressively transferred in accordance with their voters' other preferences until...

  • Richard Wolffe: Democrat doom may turn to delight as Tea Party politics kick in
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    From the beginning of his unlikely journey to the White House, when I first started covering and interviewing him, most of Washington thought he needed to be more like the Clintons. Today is no different. They say he obviously needs to triangulat...

  • Leading article: A modest start that could mark a historic European shift
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    Not, of course, that this is how the British-French agreements were presented yesterday. There was no hint that they might in time form the genesis of a European defence policy – though this should not be ruled out – they were seen rather as a bilate...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the French alliance
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    The Americans won't like this The Prime Minister has made it clear enough that if the Government had been left with a choice they would have cancelled the two new aircraft carriers ordered to be built by the previous government, leaving the natio...

  • Leading article: Who doesn't want to look the business?
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    But now, it seems, they might have to fit a botox injection into that busy schedule. According to Spear's magazine, known as "the bible of the banking fraternity", high-powered financiers are increasingly turning to all sorts of traditional female be...

  • Is anybody out there – with a soul?
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    Last week a team of US scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, reported in the journal Science that nearly one in four stars like the Sun could have Earth-sized planets capable of supporting alien life. And last month the UN made a li...

  • Letters: Poppy Appeal
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    The Poppy Appeal is once again subverting Armistice Day. A day that should be about peace and remembrance is turned into a month-long drum roll of support for current wars. This year's campaign has been launched with showbiz hype. The true horror a...

  • Susie Rushton: Ms Grigson's recipe for female liberation
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    I know this because every time I switch on the TV a pair of smug presenters is ironically growing their own cabbages or unironically pickling a pumpkin whole. When they're not on the allotment, telly gourmands are in the studio-kitchen swooning over ...

  • Leading article: The case for democracy behind bars
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    A backlash from the populist press, the perennial cheerleader for Britain's punitive culture, is inevitable. Right wing Conservative backbenchers are also likely to create a fuss. And the verbal attacks on the Strasbourg-based ECHR have already begun...

  • Alan Hudson: Why does history matter?
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

  • Deborah Ross: Printers are born on Planet Evil
    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    "I have never known anything more evil in my life," says one woman whose printer never works properly, no matter how many times she presses the little, flashing "resume" button, as instructed. "Evil and a torment," she added. "Sometimes, I want to ba...

  • Leading article: Snow drift
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    But Walt Disney's vision was not without its horrors, as anyone who remembers the Pleasure Island scenes from Pinocchio will attest. And never mind the Emperor of Exmoor, there are some adults who are still trying to recover from the death of Bambi's...

  • Deborah Ross: Please will you buy my novelty book?
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    Hello? Duh? Am I the only one who sees this, again? Sometimes, I seriously believe that I am the only right-thinking person on the planet, which is fair enough, although it does get lonely sometimes. I refer, in particular, to the Annual Right-Thinki...

  • Mark Hughes: Another scandal facing firearms unit tarnished by Menezes death
    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    During the De Menezes inquest, officers were portrayed as men who had decided to kill the Brazilian before even entering the London Underground station and were later described as "trigger-happy" by Boris Johnson. In the Saunders inquest, the officer...

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