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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

  • Leading article: Nelson Mandela's greatness transcended nation and tribe
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    It was one of those rare events that suspend our disbelief that human nature can ever change, that some crises are not intractable, that in the end might does not always prevail. Twenty years on the world has rarely been so in need of another Mandela...

  • Church sidesteps gay issue at Synod debate
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Lorna Ashworth, an evangelical lay member of the Synod, put a motion asking that the Church of England "express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America [Acna]" – a step which would have given an...

  • Letters: Somali pirates and the Chandlers
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    We are by inclination a nation of globetrotters – at any given time most of us know someone off on a "big trip", and we mostly have our own memories or plans to cheer us up in a cold and gloomy February. That being the case, we know that if we paid u...

  • Guy Adams: Ringo drums up support for his star
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Every time a new plaque is added to LA's most famous pavement, crowds come out in force. And the former Beatle's unveiling ceremony, attended by Eric Idle and David Lynch (but not Sir Paul McCartney), was no exception. Behind the scenes, though, a ti...

  • Leading article: A victory for openness
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    If we are not mistaken, it was the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who had insisted on pursuing the case to this point, and he did so in order to prevent the very outcome that the judges facilitated yesterday. The system worked, and thank goodness...

  • Gordon Brown: Madiba taught us how to live – and act – in hope
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    It is hard to conjure now just how the blood ran cold when we saw pictures of 12-year-old Hector Pieterson dying in the arms of another student during the Soweto Uprising; or how we felt when we read that Steve Biko had died in police custody. These ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Where war goes, propaganda follows
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    The US strategy is to expel, kill or capture the Taliban, prevent their return, and then provide aid and services to a grateful populace. Described as a sophisticated attempt "to win the hearts and minds of Afghans", its covert and more realistic aim...

  • Lisa Markwell: Where is the prestige in healthy eating?
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    A new survey of the nation's eating habits reveals that, despite relentless government campaigns and draconian food labelling legislation, the numbers who slump into obesity are almost exactly the same. We're eating less wholegrain cereals and milk, ...

  • Leading article: The electorate deserves a fairer voting system
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    In a sense, this opposition is one of the reasons why electoral reform is so necessary. Many Labour (and Conservative) MPs are doing very nicely out of the present first-past-the-post voting system. It is perhaps no coincidence that some of those MPs...

  • Peter Popham: Two people of no monetary value – and so aren't worth saving
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    That is how our wealthy world deals with pirates when they attack our commercial interests – with supreme pragmatism. We know all about this: it's no secret. We tolerate it. No one makes a fuss or cries foul. The pirates are not paid off as a matter ...

  • Leading article: Up for the count
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Officials cite staff costs, the difficulties of assembling the ballot-boxes and the complexities of having to count more postal votes. But these are minor considerations compared with the loss of a collective experience that made "Were you up for Por...

  • Michelle Mitchell: We must cut the rich-poor health gap
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    But although life expectancy has increased, healthy life expectancy has not. Geography and socio-economic status account for a great disparity between different groups of older people. The Marmot report offers a shocking snapshot of this inequality. ...

  • Professor Michael Clarke: Judgment undermines intelligence co-operation
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    The principle is at the heart of real intelligence co-operation between countries. More sharing of information is a constant rallying cry of terrorism analysts. In truth, little information of any value is actually shared unless it operates under a t...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Let's spread the moral and economic virtues of a Living Wage
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    But it isn't, and never was; it takes little account of the costs of living. This is especially true of London, where some 400,000 people – cleaners, porters, security guards – are paid the NMW, despite the cost of living in the capital being at leas...

  • Letters: Homeopathy
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    Many GPs have patients for whom they are able to do nothing using conventional medicine. Such "heartsink" patients report medically unexplainable symptoms and are said to represent about 11 per cent of GPs' workload. I suspect many GPs would be happy...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'People in LA don't say the word 'dead'. All you need is the right psychic'
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    They don't say the word "dead" here, though. Ever. It is a too-dramatic-sounding syllable; too final. They say "passed over", which is more in the spirit of "just nipped into the kitchen to put the kettle on". And when you want to contact a loved one...

  • Leading article: An unjustified and disturbing arrest
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    The outgoing parliament's term only ran until April, and a new one is needed to push through the reforms that Mr Rajapaksa has promised – both to improve the economic lot of ordinary Sri Lankans, and to use the opportunity provided by last year's con...

  • Gordon Brown: An ageing population demands another revolution in healthcare
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    Opposing reform is the fiscally irresponsible course of action at a time when we must be looking to ensure that every pound, whether public and private, is used wisely – when failure to act increases the costs of ageing and simply wastes money. We kn...

  • Michael Whisson: Imprisoned by the party, his carers and protocol: so what does he think about the state of his nation?
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    What he really thinks in his latter days, imprisoned by the party, his care-givers and protocol in the comfort of a luxurious home, feted by political and moral leaders across the world, only history may relate, for he remains a "disciplined member o...

  • Carola Long: Brangelina and a 21st-century myth
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    But many celebrity-watchers are less likely to believe the two people at the heart of the story than the reports surrounding them. That's partly through precedents such as Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere's full-page advert in The Times, declaring the...

  • Leading article: Fruitless
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    But it's not just ministers who must be feeling crestfallen at that news. What about the celebrity chefocracy? All those thousands of television hours watching Jamie and Gordon and others prepare delicious and nutritious salads were in vain. We paid ...

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