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Thursday, 30 December 2010

  • Leading article: A year of political revolution. And it's only just begun
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    Several leaders were given a sharp lesson in the vicissitudes of politics in 2010. Mr Cameron was widely expected to lead his party back to power after 13 years in the wilderness of opposition at May's general election. But instead, the Conservative ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on religious belief
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    Truths about the Nativity Before Christmas, Nativity scenes appeared in homes and in shop windows and under public Christmas trees. Children dressed up for annual Nativity plays, although most were focused on what Santa might bring in the form of...

  • Leading article: Evidence that efficiencies can be made
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    But when issues as emotionally charged as the future of the NHS are at stake it is important to be armed with the facts before drawing conclusions about unfair treatment. In that vein, statistics stating that many health workers have seen significant...

  • Natalie Haynes: Good on Nick Park for doing his bit
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    Picking songs would be both stressful and fun, which is my favourite kind of activity. But after Nick Park's appearance on the programme last week, it has gained a new dimension: nepotism. Park included a song by an unsigned musician from Sheffield, ...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Keep the stupid phone
    Friday, 31 December 2010

  • Leading article: If the toupée fits...
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    In fairness, moulting cooks probably have good professional reasons to take remedial action. The complaint "waiter, waiter, there's a hair in this soup" is unlikely to be defused by the response "well, of course, sir, it's rabbit stew". Mr Ramsay is ...

  • Victoria Summerley: We must educate the public not to use a river as a dump
    Friday, 31 December 2010

    It's a fast-flowing chalk stream which has proved a blessing and a curse. At the end of the 18th century, the Huguenot refugees who settled in south-west London found the slightly alkaline Wandle water was ideal for their industries (dyeing, hat-maki...

  • 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...

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