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Thursday, 16 December 2010

  • Natalie Haynes: Birmingham: more gastric band than Bull Ring
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    The headlines conveyed their contempt for the chunky Brummies, reminding us that Britain's fattest man lives in Birmingham (which can hardly help the averages). Even Birmingham's own newspapers were filled with self-loathing: "Birmingham shamed as fa...

  • Michael de Giorgio: School sport should be used to improve results
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    With the paymaster now clearly the Department for Education and amid times of austerity, school sports practitioners have an issue in displaying their worth. Participation for the sake of participation looks like a luxury in tough times, whilst the p...

  • Leading article: A disaster that shows the true face of a demonised people
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    For the past decade, asylum-seekers have been demonised in Australia by politicians and media alike as immigration "queue-jumpers". Here in Britain they are regarded with hostility too. An assumption prevails in both nations that asylum-seekers are "...

  • Leading article: Division, indecision and bad luck have all dogged US policy in Afghanistan
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Across the Atlantic, President Barack Obama today publishes a review of US Afghan strategy which is reported to be in a similar vein. It cites "tactical gains" in Kandahar and Helmand, following the arrival of more troops and the application of more ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on snow-bound Britain
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    Penalties for winter-fit cars Following your correspondence about road chaos and winter-fit cars (letters, 13 December), I did a quick poll among friends and colleagues. Apparently getting penalised by your insurance for using cold-weather-rubber...

  • Leading article: Mr Ainsworth is right: the war has failed
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    Mr Ainsworth is not some naïve backbencher. He was the Home Office minister for drugs policy under Tony Blair, and his time in the job, he now says after due reflection, suggests that the old, prohibitive approach cannot succeed. He was immediately b...

  • Sarah Churchwell: 'Time' waits for no woman
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    Zuckerberg may have done that – although this is open to dispute, especially by those of us who find Facebook easy to resist – but he has not, evidently, changed Time's criteria: Zuckerberg is the 75th man to be selected in 84 years. Nor does this ev...

  • Letters: Perspectives on student protests
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Police behaviour put lives at risk We need a public inquiry into the policing of demonstrations. I attended last Thursday's, and from the perspective of public order, the police tactics were an abject failure. Moreover, they put lives at risk. Th...

  • Leading article: The need for justice, not persecution
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    The question of whether Mr Assange should be extradited at all is a separate (and more vexed) issue. His supporters claim that the extradition request from Sweden, where Mr Assange is accused of rape, is politically motivated. But no evidence has yet...

  • John Rentoul: The Colour of an Orange
    Friday, 17 December 2010

  • Leading article: Cobbled together
    Friday, 17 December 2010

    MediaCityUK in Salford Quays – which will become the home of BBC Sport, Radio 5 Live and the BBC's children's, learning, religion and future media technology departments – will be the biggest in the world, outside Hong Kong, when it opens next year. ...

  • John Rentoul: Pedantgate
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

  • John Rentoul: Why Gordon Brown Lost His Way
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

  • Leading article: Heads up
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Now Henri's head has been located and identified, after years of being passed around as a curiosity between private collectors across Europe. It's all so undignified. This is surely the very definition of lèse-majesté. The royal head is now apparentl...

  • Murithi Mutiga: Trial may bring justice... or rekindle tribal violence
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    In the short term, there is the fear of violence perpetrated by militias loyal to some of the leaders headed for trial at The Hague. That these militias have never been demobilised is a legacy of the fact that the coalition government cobbled togethe...

  • Lucy Porter: The celebrity year is shorter than a dog's
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Celebrity pregnancies are also much shorter than normal ones. We are expected to carry our foetuses for 40 weeks (in France it's 41 weeks, which must be torture given how much they like pate and runny cheese), but celebrities can replicate themselves...

  • Guy Goodwin-Gill: Refugees resort to desperate measures when system fails
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Back then, Australia under its Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser played a key role in tackling the Indochina refugee problem, offering a new home to thousands of refugees. In fact the country has a long history of accepting refugees for resettlement – ov...

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