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  • Leading article: Welcome to 2011: a year of living frugally
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    The Prime Minister is right about that. And ordinary households will take on most of the burden. A great deal remains uncertain about the economic outlook over the next 12 months. But one thing of which we can be sure is that 2011 will see the cost o...

  • Letters: Waste disposal
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    ATT offers a more efficient energy conversion to useful energy than mass burn, better opportunities for combined heat and power, lower capital and operating costs per tonne of waste processed and per unit of heat and power output, and the ability to ...

  • Leading article: Northern Ireland's burst pipes
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    As well it might. More than a week after the first spate of burst pipes, more than 4,000 homes still have no running water, and 24,000 have what is flatteringly described as on-off supply. If such a crisis had happened on a comparable scale in, say, ...

  • James Harkin: The BBC is fighting the wrong battle
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    The latest act was played out yesterday when the media regulator Ofcom presented the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, with its view of News Corporation's bid for full control of BSkyB. Hunt's next move will be crucial, and everything is said to turn o...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Making a new year prediction? Here are some words of wisdom from 1922
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    Today we are preoccupied by our economic problems and by the cultural transformations wrought by new technologies, which seem set to transform, drastically, our relations with each other and the world. I recently read an article called "What Our Gran...

  • Lucy Porter: Enough of all these rewards. Let's have a 'dishonours list'
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    I know I've done nothing to deserve it, and it's not that I particularly yearn to be a dame; I do the same thing with FHM's 100 Sexiest Women and Specsavers' Spectacle Wearer of the Year. Nonetheless, I can't help but feel slightly deflated when I'm ...

  • 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: Here's to the resumption of normal service
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    Yes, there was feasting and visiting and shopping. But after a while the lack of routine starts to grate. Some transport has run and some hasn't. Some services operated a Sunday timetable; some were on strike. Shop hours varied from day to day. Did y...

  • E Jane Dickson: I'm not sure our society is big enough for Cameron
    Saturday, 1 January 2011

    I know how he felt. New year's greetings are gingerly exchanged in Northern Ireland, where I'm spending the festive season with family, and where washing facilities are cruelly restricted. 40,000 homes without water is an awful lot of unflushed efflu...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

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