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Monday, 15 February 2010

  • Leading article: The Conservatives need to work on their credibility
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    It is a bold idea. And new ideas on improving productivity in the public services are always welcome. As for the grumbling of the unions, that is probably a good sign. But the question is whether this is a serious proposal from the Tories or merely s...

  • Kim Sengupta: Plump and serious man I met just before his death
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    The fragile peace in Baghdad following the invasion had already begun to shatter and US forces were facing waves of bombings, but the British-run south was still deemed to be comparatively safe. I met Baha Mousa about a month before his death at his ...

  • Leading article: Nothing less than the future of Afghanistan is at stake
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    The heavy advance publicity for this operation was clearly designed to send messages to a variety of audiences. It was intended to convince an increasingly doubtful public in the United States and Britain that the allied presence in Afghanistan has a...

  • Leading article: A policy of desperation on Iran
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    Mrs Clinton's jibe is a calculated one. Faced with an obdurate regime in Tehran on the nuclear issue and under pressure from Congress and the Iranian opposition to show more support for the democratic forces in Iran, the White House is now becoming m...

  • Denis MacShane: Shame on those now sneering at the European project
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    It was odd to hear Chris Patten on Today at the weekend offering a soft version of this line. His lament was that Europe was run by second-division leaders and not giants like Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger and he held up John Major as the exemplar o...

  • Don MacLeod: A win leads to a crisis – the negatives come as a surprise
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    I did a lot of work with trauma victims and the principles are surprisingly similar. Much in the same way as the loss of a person's entire family is considered a crisis, winning the lottery is also a crisis. It redefines someone as the person after t...

  • Leading article: Ms Tymoshenko's unwise move
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    This presidential election was the third to be held in Ukraine since independence. Unlike many elections in post-Soviet countries, Russia included, Ukraine can pride itself on the fact that in none of them was the result a foregone conclusion. It was...

  • Leading article: Back row driver
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    Andrew Flintoff famously gave us that with his ill-fated pedalo adventure. And now the Welsh flanker, Andy Powell, has raised the bar after being arrested for driving a golf buggy under the influence, after Wales' Six Nations victory over Scotland at...

  • Melissa Benn: Goldie and Toby's laugh-in
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    First we had the razzmatazz of the academy programme – semi-independent state schools, occasionally stamped with the bizarre religious or educational character of their rich backers. Yet results in these hugely expensive, heavily promoted and in many...

  • Letters: Save for the future
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    But we strongly believe that if Gordon Brown's proposal to set up a National Care Service were to become a reality it must operate along with measures that ensure people of working age are making their own provisions for their future care costs. Our ...

  • Leading article: Public and private grief
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron have suffered family tragedies that are unusual in this day and age. Grief at the loss of a child should not be trivialised or ignored, but nor should reluctance to mourn in public be denounced as a defect of perso...

  • Tim Rice: The growing concerns about jatropha
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    First, marginal land is often used as a source of firewood or medicinal plants. Second, while jatropha may grow on such land, that does not mean it will produce enough oil to be economically viable. Just like most other crops, jatropha needs good-qua...

  • Sue Montgomery: Double legacy to the sport he loved
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Any hint of skulduggery now brings the confirmation to the wider public that the sport really does operate along the lines of a Dick Francis novel. And conversely, the emergence of the Dick Francis novel undoubtedly hardened belief that racing is, in...

  • Sophie Morris: Methodists are giving up the fight
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Occasional forays into "big church", with its cold wooden pews and dragging hymns, were only saved by the minister's eagerness to engage us with energetic Bible teachings, illustrated with drawings on a long roll of paper, which he dropped from the p...

  • Alastair Campbell: By showing his humanity, Gordon will reach a wider audience
    Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    Piers is one of those people who provokes strong reactions anyway, but it was also possible to detect in some of the media commentary yesterday a certain jealousy – how many political pundits would love to get the kind of attention for an interview w...

  • Paul Judge: UK sacrifices in Afghanistan should be brought in line with others'
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Nato is the cornerstone of our defence and the UK should play its full part. That does not, however, mean that we should provide a disproportionate share of its resources. The Jury Team political party has analysed the latest information from ISAF, t...

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