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Monday, 13 December 2010

  • Silvio Berlusconi: A leader who has eroded Italian democracy
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    If the no-confidence vote is passed, it could prompt new national elections. Though Mr Berlusconi won a strong personal mandate at the last poll in 2008, his personal approval ratings have now fallen to around 30 per cent. Many sense that the media m...

  • Leading article: We must hold fast to our values in the face of terror
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    But the incompetence of the execution allows no complacency. Although just two people were hurt (other than the presumed bomber), this could easily have been lethal. Six years after the Madrid train bombings, the threat of terror still haunts Europe'...

  • Leading article: Cuts are being devolved, not power
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    The Bill contains a number of potentially useful measures. There is merit in the idea of giving community organisations the right to buy libraries, village halls, pubs and shops – and the time to raise the money to do that. And it would be good if lo...

  • Letters: Violent policing and the student protests
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    As a group of university lecturers who were present in Parliament Square during the police’s “containment” of the demonstration, we would join with him in condemning this violence. However, the violence that we wish to condemn is not that of young pe...

  • Leading article: Better than nothing, but not much
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The establishment of a Green Climate Fund to raise $100bn a year by 2020 to assist poorer nations with low-carbon development is good news. There is an outline for funding developing countries to reduce deforestation, which is responsible for 20 per ...

  • Liberals: The secret elitists
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    You may well be one of the many well-meaning, left-leaning citizens out there who believe that this Government is taking a silver-topped cane to smash cherished values of inclusivity and equality. And if so, you are doubtless as mad as hell about it....

  • Letters: Future of the NHS
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    Your editorial (7 December) and article from Andreas Whittam Smith (9 December) do well to highlight the "madness" of Andrew Lansley's proposed NHS reorganisation. The current system has serious problems – encouraging destructive conflict between p...

  • Susie Rushton: Only Twitter could bring 'X Factor' to life
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    What these straight-faced, mass-appeal live broadcasts lack, I feel, is the Terry Wogan treatment. I mean not a mild-mannered Irishman cuddling up to the contestants (Dermot O'Leary contributed that, if little else, to The X Factor). I refer to the e...

  • Leading article: Lessons in team work
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    Twitter was alive with a gag about the miners too defecting down the road if they weren't all offered £200,000 a week. But the mood at Old Trafford was far less cynical. One of United's directors, Sir Bobby Charlton, whose father was a Northumberland...

  • Tom Chatfield: The age of risk-free internet use may be coming to an end
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    Digital identity may not be on the same level as diplomatic cables, but it's a serious business. With an increasingly important component of many lives playing out across social networks – which connect close to a billion people across the world – an...

  • Lucy Porter: Unendangered species need our love too
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    Pigeons: until 2004, the feral pigeon was known as the "rock dove", which suggests that the pigeon is just a dove that went to art college, learnt to play guitar, started wearing eyeliner, drinking cheap cider and smoking rollies, and that's why he l...

  • Leading article: Dressed to impress
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    And yet many say they find uniforms to be liberating because they prevent a fashion arms race breaking out in schools (a contest, incidentally, that wealthier kids are always going to win). The pupils of Christ's Hospital, who wear uniforms that have...

  • Simon Szreter: This is a show of disrespect for the people in defence of a duplicitous government
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The widely reproduced photograph of a youth urinating against the plinth of Winston Churchill's statue during the protest over tuition fees provides a disrespectful image, but kettling represents disrespect on a premeditated, industrial scale: degrad...

  • Christopher Hirst: A square seen in the best circles
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    Though Nestlé, which took over the brand from Rowntree in 1988, plans to close the After Eight plant in Castleford, West Yorkshire, it is switching production to its Halifax factory, the home of Quality Street. Far from going the way of lost brands s...

  • John Curtice: Voters will change their minds if services deteriorate
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The implications for the next election, due before 2015, would seem obvious. If the Government's economic medicine works, voters will be keen to back the coalition partners for having made Britain more like the country they wanted. However, governmen...

  • John Rentoul: Gordon the Squatter
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

  • John Rentoul: Cuts? What Cuts?
    Tuesday, 14 December 2010

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