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Friday, 12 February 2010

  • Leading article: Ministers and agencies in defence of the indefensible
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    This united front suggests two things. It suggests, first, a shared concern that no one be able to drive a wedge between the Government and the intelligence agencies. It suggests, second, a deep sense of vulnerability on the part of the intelligence ...

  • Letters: Terror and the birth of Israel
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    He conveniently overlooks the means by which statehood was achieved by the agreement in 1947 for the British mandate to cease in 1948 and for a division of the territory to be finally allocated, following large land allocations to Jewish settlers sin...

  • Amy Jenkins: Raunch or romance – the choice women have been given
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Not surprising, then, that it's a day I've always had a queasy relationship with. I was brought up to think like a feminist, yet found myself, as a teenager, hoping against hope for a card on the mat. I knew I wasn't meant to care – but I did. It see...

  • Leading article: The depressing politics of elderly care
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    This week the Conservatives launched an attack on Labour's "death tax" in a new poster campaign. Labour and the Liberal Democrats accused the Tories of breaking the consensus. But the Conservatives deny there was never an agreement – and claim a repo...

  • David Willetts: My solution to the age time-bomb
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    We prefer instead an approach based on incentives for voluntary insurance. For example, we have proposed that people should be able to make a one-off up-front payment of about £8,000 at age 65 which would cover them if they need residential care late...

  • E Jane Dickson: We love to hunt down fakery. But is it worth it?
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    The theory that some of the plays and sonnets were written by the Elizabethan courtier and poet Fulke Greville has been knocking around for years. I have neither the interest nor the authority to dispute this – I'd say it was damned cunning of Fulke ...

  • Leading article: Europe needs to resolve its internal contradictions
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    If Europe had stood aside as Greece defaulted, the panic would have spread to Spanish, Portuguese, perhaps even Italian, bonds. The entire eurozone could have unravelled. The debt markets reacted reasonably positively to yesterday's leaders' statemen...

  • Leading article: Frozen fun
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    And this year there will be debuts in Vancouver from teams from Colombia, Ghana and the Cayman Islands. Here surely is the true spirit of Olympian optimism that Baron de Coubertin hoped to see. In fact, the only thing missing in Vancouver is the whit...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The inequities of health equality
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Both are, bizarrely. It entirely depends how you define your target. The way the Department of Health did it means that it's possible to proclaim success even as the relative gaps between rich and poor widen. Magic, if only you know how. How it works...

  • Virginia Ironside: As the youngest child he had special bond with mother
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    It seems that Alexander McQueen, at 40, was simply not prepared for the impact his mother's death would have on him. He apparently took his own life on Thursday, nine days after Joyce McQueen died, and one day before her funeral. He had suffered a su...

  • The truth is out there: 13/02/2010
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Xtreme Ministries in Nashville is one such establishment, combining church and mixed martial arts academy, operating under the motto "Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide". Mixed martial arts has something of a violent reputation, combining kickboxing,...

  • Carola Long: Alexander McQueen's down-to-earth manner untouched by acclaim of celebrity world
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    While McQueen's designs might have showed a wild imagination, and scaled the greatest heights of fashion fantasy, Lee, as he was known to his friends, came across as less of a diva than a bloke. He wore baggy jeans and jumpers, and his three dogs app...

  • Letters: Security and intelligence agencies
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    The allegation that our security and intelligence agencies have licence to collude in torture is disgraceful, untrue and one we vigorously deny. The Government's clear policy is not to participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture ...

  • Leading article: The ignored gospel message
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Indeed it seems more focused upon bad news – as if it were determined to project its faith in entirely negative terms. Listening to its preoccupations the casual listener could be forgiven for dismissing it as a reactionary institution which is anti-...

  • Terry Jones: Creatively, when he did something, it was always beautiful
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    We continued to feature him throughout his career, and he probably has more credits in our current issue than any other designer. I worked on a project in 1998, for the fashion and cinema biennale in Florence. We'd met independently before this but w...

  • Geneive Abdo: The dissidents need some foreign support
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    The regime was able to show its strength, which seemed greater than in the past; millions of supporters came out to cheer for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. Sure, they were bused in and paid bribes for their support. Nonetheless, it is c...

  • Alex Deane: Demolish the myth that safety, in and of itself, is an absolute good
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Society would be a lot safer if we had a night curfew, or banned alcohol, or were forced to wear elbow and knee pads. We don't encourage people to take wild risks, but we don't make (many) liberty-reducing and disproportionate motor laws, either. We ...

  • Robert Chesshyre: Give prisoners the right to vote, and everybody benefits
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    In fact the Government pledged – reluctantly and under extreme pressure from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – to introduce votes for at least some convicted prisoners. The issue is "live" because the Committee of Ministers at the Council o...

  • Leading article: Mourning dress
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    When McQueen joined Givenchy in 1996, the French press dubbed him "the hooligan of English fashion". But, by most accounts, he was charming and down-to-earth – at least by the prevailing standards of the high-strung world of international haute coutu...

  • Tony Paterson: The view from Germany
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    "No money for the bankrupt Greeks!" was the blunt headline in the mass-circulation Bild newspaper. It accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of attempting to play down what would inevitably be Germany's large contribution to any rescue package, given that ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: What matters is how safe you feel
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Although plenty of arty students and young couples have since swept into the area, many non-residents still know Clapton, east London, as "murder mile" thanks to a stint in the media as the site of Britain's deadliest road some years ago. Friends who...

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