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Tuesday, 16 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 ...

  • Hardeep Sing: Look towards your Guru for guidance, not the BNP
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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  • Leading article: The Bank of England is right to hold its nerve
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Mr Darling has accepted Mr King's explanation that this jump in prices is likely to prove temporary. But not everyone has. Inflation hawks have begun to stir, pointing to uncomfortably strong levels of core inflation (excluding food and energy) in th...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The torture debate part 1
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Bruce Anderson justifies the use of torture against a suspect's wife and children ("We not only have a right to use torture. We have a duty", 15 February). Pinochet shared his view and had the power to implement it. Obviously those who criticised his...

  • Letters: The torture debate part 2
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    First, the "ticking bomb" scenario, so frequently used to make the pro-torture case, is almost totally implausible. The necessary conditions – knowledge of the nature of the bomb and its timing, and its potential victims, yet not its location, and th...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Had I remembered the name of the pub, I might just have met my idol'
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Matthew is one of the stars of my favourite TV show, Brothers and Sisters, in which he plays gay lawyer Kevin Walker. Good looking, charismatic, and an actor of extraordinary range and depth, he also manages one of the most convincing American accent...

  • Leading article: A multi-track approach to Afghanistan
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Nor has it been revealed whether Mullah Baradar's capture was the result of new intelligence, gleaned either by the United States or Pakistan, or whether his whereabouts were known, at least to the Pakistan authorities, and it was simply a question o...

  • Sir Stephen Dalton: Modern warfare makes the RAF more, not less, crucial to Britain
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    In nearly all environments, not least on our current main effort in Afghanistan, air power is an essential defining capability and so everybody has a stake in it or a dependency on it: from support for the strategic nuclear deterrent, through its cri...

  • Sean O'Grady: So does this mean interest rates are about to go up?
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    However, there are reasons why inflation will be higher than expected and that rates may need to rise sooner and faster than many assume. First, the Chinese economy is bidding up world commodity prices again, which are notoriously volatile. Second, t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Humble painkiller that can protect you from everything
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    The disclosure that it can halve deaths from breast cancer in women who have received early treatment for the disease will add to its reputation. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis – you name it and aspirin can pr...

  • Arabella Weir: What, no more wine or pudding?
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    The husband then pinched his wife's waist, producing, between his thumb and index finger, a very small "spare tyre". Laughing gamely, she then did the same to him (he was also pretty trim) and, you guessed it, produced a similar amount of "excess" fa...

  • Michael McCarthy: We must find out why the eel is disappearing
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    You don't have to be a fisherman or a freshwater biologist to realise it is vanishing. In Hampshire there is an enchanting pub, the Mayfly near Stockbridge, which is right on the bank of the River Test, England's premier trout stream, and one of the ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Wit and popular wisdom
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Any sympathy, though, should quickly give way to delight in the sheer wit and ingenuity of the alternative poster brigade. Here we have the British at their irreverent best, harnessing the potential of the new media to add their two-ha'pence worth to...

  • 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...

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