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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

  • Leading article: The big trade unions show their regressive side
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    The battle lines are already being drawn up. Late last month, the "no" campaign introduced its leaders: Margaret Beckett was named president; David Blunkett and Lord Prescott were given supporting roles, along with the Foreign Secretary, William Hagu...

  • John Kampfner: Who will fight Europe's last dictator?
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    Hanrahan was an excellent journalist and lovely man. Snow was certainly causing havoc at our hapless airports. But the fact that these two stories were given greater prominence than an act of thuggery in Belarus, a country on the doorstep of the Euro...

  • Leading article: If Mr Osborne has got it wrong, he should start afresh
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    In his view, Britain is already emerging from a short, sharp period of shock therapy that will result in a leaner and fitter economy, the knock-on effect of which will be that the chronic imbalance between what the country earns and spends starts to ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The virtue of speaking truth to power
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    My father, Claud Cockburn, discovered this in 1933 when he left The Times and set up a radical newsletter called The Week, which was a sort of early precursor of Private Eye. His calculation was that there was plenty of information freely circulat...

  • Letters: Perspectives on music
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    Nation's future talent put in peril The problem Professor Hallam has highlighted does not just affect schools' music teaching ("Reforms and redundancies kill off music in state schools", 27 December). The long-term consequences will be disastrous...

  • Leading article: Australia in search of its phoenix
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    Whether their victory deserves to be lauded as the event of the sporting season or, as still more flattering assessments might have it, as inscribing this England team in history, is less certain. This Test series is not over, nor has it yet been won...

  • Michael McCarthy: The ecological risks of clean energy's 'dirty little secret'
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    The environmental difficulties are well illustrated by the Mountain Pass mine in California. Until it closed in 2002, the Mojave desert facility for a long time provided most of the world's rare-earth metals, but the environmental cost was high. In t...

  • Edzard Ernst: We need less opinion and more scientific research
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    In April 2011, this will change. A new EU directive will legislate that a licence for a herbal medicine will be given only if it has been available for a long enough time, if its safety has been established scientifically and if it is of sufficiently...

  • Virginia Ironside: There is nothing sacred about dead bodies. So put them to use
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    Did the parents really feel their children lived on in these random livers, hearts or kidneys? If so, wasn't that rather pagan and superstitious? Following the revelations of the Alder Hey scandal, the UK scientific community started to worry about t...

  • Letters: Criticism of Israel and dislike of Jews
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    The Holocaust denier in question is an adviser to the Lithuanian Interior Ministry and wrote his offending words in Veidas, one of his country's most popular weeklies. By what measure is he "obscure"? Christina Patterson, meanwhile, wrote her "moan" ...

  • Leading article: Ivory Coast is best helped by its neighbours
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    Three presidents from countries in the region arrived in the capital, Abidjan, yesterday, threatening to use force if Laurent Ggagbo does not cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of recent elections there. Coming day...

  • John Philpott: Coalition is betting that the economy can handle its cuts
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    But Mr Osborne must know deep down that his brand of ultra fiscal conservatism represents a big gamble with the UK economy and that 2011 will be a make-or-break year for the credibility of the Coalition's approach. What makes the gamble so potentiall...

  • Jeremy Laurance: It's such an obvious route to take – so why the wait?
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    Most people will be astonished to learn that it doesn't happen already. We have had decades of debate over how to increase organ donation – from opt-in versus opt-out donor registers, to a legalised market – only to discover that there is an ethicall...

  • Harriet Walker: Stop feeling guilty about having fun
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    If that doesn't make you feel better about eating your own weight in Quality Street, have you heard the one about the young mother who chose to take some exercise by skating on a thinly frozen pond? With her three children. One of whom was in a buggy...

  • Talbot Church: 'Mini-wedding' sets royal cat among pigeons
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    Sources close to the Queen revealed that Her Majesty was "not best pleased" by news of a second royal wedding. The fear is that the infamous sibling jealousy between Prince Charles and Princess Anne will infect the next generation. "Anne's reputation...

  • Sean O'Grady: What's that coming over the hill?
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    Global commodity prices are spiralling out of sight once again; the $100 barrel of oil will return before January is out. Cotton is up 30 per cent since September, and corn by 35 per cent, for example. Some crop prices are back to the levels set in t...

  • John Rentoul: The Anti-War Crowbar Prize
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

  • Russell Razzaque: A to Zen of 2010
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

  • Leading article: Let them speak Deutsch
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    His Verbot applied to such transport essentials as "ticket", "meeting" and "laptop". It made his staff peculiarly bilingual. It forced them to use words such as Klapprechner, which was far beyond most Germans' ken, and it made Herr Ramsauer into some...

  • Deborah Ross: Horoscopes don't come better than this
    Thursday, 30 December 2010

    Libra: With Mercury shifting from retrograde to Belgrade, where it keeps a small serviced flat with city views, you will find yourself keen to step up your relationship with a certain, special someone. Should he prove reluctant and say he isn't "read...

  • John Rentoul: Groundhog Hate 2011
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

  • John Rentoul: A "blank sheet of paper"?
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

  • Leading article: Written off?
    Wednesday, 29 December 2010

    Somerset Maugham despised Whitstable, which pops up as dreary Blackstable in Of Human Bondage. D H Lawrence loved and loathed Eastwood. Some people count Sir John Betjeman among the home-town haters, assuming that his appeal for "friendly bombs" to r...

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