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  • Leading article: The Governor of the Bank of England should know his place
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Not that there is anything in the Wikileaks documents made available this week that would warrant a sacking or, as some MPs are calling for, a parliamentary investigation into his remarks last February to the US ambassador. Indeed, after all the accu...

  • Leading article: Genuine fairness means reform from top to bottom
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    It is still early days, and the document published by the Fair Pay Review yesterday is only its interim report. Nonetheless, it comes as something of a disappointment. Its bottom line is that, as a rule, the best-paid individuals in the public sector...

  • Letters: Wikileaks saga shows that no data is safe
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    The Coalition deserves praise for dismantling some of the previous Government's ill-judged central databases. ContactPoint would have made information about every child in England available to at least 400,000 people, but was switched off in August. ...

  • Leading article: An honourable bid, and a bitter defeat
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    There will be those who call this sour grapes, and after the outstanding effort put in by the England bid team to bring the tournament to these shores for the first time since 1966, defeat would have been hard to take under any circumstances. But the...

  • Jerome Taylor: Even without its founder, WikiLeaks will go on
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Like Al Qa’ida – an organisation that the more acerbic US critics have compared Wikileaks to – Assange has spawned an idea, one which will now be copied, developed and franchised by volunteers all over the world. Even if the founding father is silenc...

  • Steve Connor: Atlantic winds normally save us. Not this time
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    However, a large area of high pressure has developed over the Atlantic which acts as a "block" against these relatively mild westerlies. As a result, bitterly cold Arctic air has moved south over much of north-western Europe. Mainland Europe at this ...

  • Letters: On student fees, the Lib Dems are the party of principle
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    But the Lib Dems, whichever way they vote, will be doing so through "principle". Those who vote against, as my own MP has declared he will do, will be following through the pledge he made to his constituents in May. Those who abstain, such as Cable, ...

  • Leading article: The drifting economics of British winter
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    We British love a good moan, but how much economic sense would it make to invest in fleets of snow-clearing equipment? When days of serious snow hit London last year the mayor, Boris Johnson, said it did not necessarily make sense to make a major inv...

  • Patrick Cockburn: What Afghans will do to get friends out of jail
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    I was inside it once just after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 when there was briefly nobody in its cramped cells and holding pens. Assuming it has not changed much, it is easy to see why Afghans are eager to get relatives, friends and associates ou...

  • Jerome Taylor: Crusader for transparency or reckless anti-American?
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    Supporters laud the lanky 39-year-old as a champion of transparency – a man who has harnessed the power of the internet to steal from the information rich and hand it back to the poor. The reality, as always, is probably somewhere in between. "Transp...

  • John Rentoul: Verb Oten
    Friday, 3 December 2010

  • Leading article: The difference you can make
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    We know people's wallets are lighter than they were. But last year your willingness to donate even in hard times was powerfully evident and we're confident we'll see a repeat in 2010. This year your donations will be divided between three charities t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Only fools try to predict what flu will do next
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Swine flu was not what we were expecting. It came from Mexico, not the Far East, its origin was pigs rather than birds and it was mild (for most people). For a decade the world had planned for a pandemic of H5N1 bird flu which, on the basis of the 50...

  • Sean O'Grady: Cold snap will hit economic growth, but add to our wellbeing
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    But if, as the Independent Petrol Retailers Association warns, petrol stations start running out of fuel, the effects could be much greater, given that so much of the UK's distribution of food and goods relies on road transport. Insurers RSA are talk...

  • Leading article: A star is reborn
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    So much hype has surrounded Beckham since he shot to stardom more than a decade ago that it has been very difficult to see him for what he really is – a very good, but not great, footballer who has done remarkably well to retain his sense of self whi...

  • Sean O'Grady: Economy won't win even if football does come home
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    But some events seem to bring benefits. Euro '96, hosted here, brought 280,000 visitors and journalists in, adding £120m to the economy. Other events – notably the Olympics – can have the opposite effect. It took Montreal 20 years to pay off its C$1....

  • Deborah Ross: Happiness is Essential
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    How can happiness be surveyed? Whose happiness, anyway, ever stretches to more than a few seconds at a time? I'm thinking it is probably no more than an average of 11 seconds a day, down from 16 seconds in 1958, when it peaked due to the nationwide l...

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