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Monday, 20 December 2010

  • Leading article: Time for ministers to call the banks' bluff
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    In 2006, Mr Osborne, then in opposition, notoriously implored Britain to "look and learn from across the Irish Sea". As Ireland's subsequent economic collapse has shown, that was very bad advice at the time. But it is much better advice now. Earlier ...

  • Leading article: Passengers should be treated decently, even when it snows
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Of course, this was a particularly unfortunate weekend for the snow to fall; 25 December represents an immovable deadline for the millions who celebrate Christmas according to the Western calendar. As in the United States before Thanksgiving, whole f...

  • Leading article: A regime with a knack for losing friends
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    The ferocity of the protests that followed, however, and the ruthless way in which they were suppressed, suggests that, after 16 years in power, the regime is vulnerable, and knows it. Several opposition candidates were beaten up, to the point of nee...

  • Tony Paterson: The green wound that won’t heal
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    The harrowing images have become anenduring symbol of modern Germany’s guilt-ridden “Stunde Null” or “Zero Hour”. Itis the moment when a defeated nation, brought finally and utterly to its knees, had to start all over again. You might think that “Zer...

  • Letters: Drug laws
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Is it fear of denigration by the Daily Mail and such-like moralistic forces? Thus an outraged comment from a middle-class housewife, angrily (but wrongly in my view) attributing her son’s schizophrenia to cannabis, and confusing cause and effect, wil...

  • Leading article: A victory for Mr Obama – and honesty
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    But there are other reasons for hailing this vote. The first is that it constitutes a signal victory for Barack Obama at a time – after heavy defeats for the Democrats in the mid-term elections – when the effectiveness of his whole presidency seemed ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A manifesto for NHS civil war
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Allowing hospitals – and other providers – to compete on price dramatically shifts the balance towards a commercial market in which the weakest players go to the wall. Patients referred for a cut-price procedure may question their GP's motives for do...

  • My name is Peter and I'm a believer
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    It gets more complicated, because by sending a card you are inevitably saying something about yourself by your choice of illustration. Logically, since I am religious and this is when we celebrate Jesus' birth, I should send religious cards. That, at...

  • Letters: Snow
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    We complain that nothing is done, ignoring the fact that the snow that stops us getting out is also stopping the people trying to do the clearing. Nobody accepts that "the impossible takes a little longer". We complain that the authorities are not re...

  • Susie Rushton: Stella’s done it, and so can the rest of us
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    Of all the gobby rubbish spoken by the contestants on The Apprentice this year, most outstanding was Stuart Baggs’s claim to Alan Sugar that, “I’m not a one-trick pony. I’m not a 10-trick pony. I’ve got a whole field of ponies”. If I were Sugar, I wo...

  • Leading article: Boxing clever
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    Thanks to mobiles, the use of pay-phones has halved in just two years. Many of the distinctive red kiosks have already been removed; others have been sold to private buyers – and, oh the shame of it, even exported as souvenirs. More than half of the ...

  • Arkady Moshes: The transition to economic liberalisation is unstoppable
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    Finally and, perhaps, most importantly, the country seems to have successfully transcended the position of Russia's western appendage. Minsk no longer deals with Moscow alone; on the contrary, Mr Lukashenko secured EU acceptance as a partner. By demo...

  • Leading article: He who laughs last...
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Worse, almost, was Australia's attitude to defeat. Their media lambasted the players every which way; Ricky Ponting, the captain, was said to be in meltdown. There was dark talk that his winning days were already past; some said his job was on the li...

  • Christopher Hirst: A lidl upset? Keine Panik, Lytham!
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    What I would say to the twittery burghers of Lytham St Annes is "Don't panic!" or "Keine Panik!" Exactly the same thing happened to us in south London. When we told a local estate agent that the next-door supermarket had been taken over by Lidl, he u...

  • David Usborne: Look beyond this vote and Congress is little changed
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Washington is almost giddy. "It's not possible to over-estimate the historical significance" of the repeal of the ban on openly gay and lesbian soldiers, said David Mixner, the gay-rights advocate. He had been counting on three Republican senators cr...

  • John Rentoul: The pointlessness of Ed
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

  • Deborah Ross: You can never have enough giant Toblerone
    Tuesday, 21 December 2010

    You can confer with fellow BA passengers, thereby ensuring a good flow of misinformation at all times. (It is always very important to keep up with the latest misinformation). You can keep saying "I will never fly BA again" even though you probably w...

  • Michael McCarthy: There may be trouble ahead for the parakeet
    Monday, 20 December 2010

    Like most people I have considered the stunning green creatures a pleasing addition to the local avifauna, but now I’m not so sure. One of the attractions of our small back garden is an old cherry tree which produces a wonderful display of blos...

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