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Tuesday, 14 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: Andrew Lansley should listen to those sounding the alarm
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    Mr Lansley would argue that this is the age-old resistance of vested interests. And he might be right that some of the objections spring from narrow self-interest, rather than concern for patients. Yet the vehemence and breadth of the opposition shou...

  • 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: Political parties
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    The reasons that this new charm offensive will not work any better than past ones are supplied in too-little-too-late comments by John Denham and Yvette Cooper. Denham says Labour will not be "tribal" and Cooper says the Labour government "should hav...

  • Leading article: What really helps pupils to learn
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    They also show there is much more work to be done, as nearly 1,000 are missing the Coalition Government's new "floor standard" of 60 per cent of 11-year-olds being capable in maths and English. This figure would obviously have been higher but for the...

  • Kim Sengupta: A diplomat without diplomacy - but he made up for it in cunning
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    A little later Mr Holbrooke, on a visit to the Kosovan capital, paid a visit to the club and held forth with remarkable candour about the state of affairs. The Kosovo Liberation Army contained some pretty unsavoury elements, he declared – a surprisin...

  • Peter Popham: Sad fact is that Italians cannot conceive of life without him
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    To conclude that Mr Berlusconi has simply bought himself another lease of life would be to misunderstand the nature of his appeal. The awkward fact is that after 16 years at the centre of the nation's politics, Mr Berlusconi occupies such a huge spac...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Short Cuts to Office
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

  • John Rentoul: Memo for Mr Gove
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

  • Leading article: The late show
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    A new study by researchers from Stockholm's Karolinska Institute suggests that a full night's slumber makes a person more physically attractive to boot. The photographs of subjects who had been deprived of sleep were judged less attractive by untrain...

  • Talbot Church: A who's who of coaching staff for the big day
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    "It's a sort of foundation course," a source close to the Palace told me. "Kate won't just be learning the standard stuff – waving, conversing with the public and so on – but also the things a modern princess needs to know in the age of celebrity: ca...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A high-risk strategy, but Lansley is in a hurry
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    It is a high-risk strategy, as just about everyone involved, from the chief executive down, is telling him. As the Health Select Committee pointed out yesterday, securing efficiency gains of the kind required – 4 per cent a year over the next four ye...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Selections are bland, timid and baffling
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    Though the many nods in the direction of The King's Speech and The Social Network were predictable, the Golden Globes has thrown a few curve balls. One of the main surprises is the strong showing for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Tourist, wh...

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

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

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