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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

  • Leading article: Two cheers for a little bit more democracy
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The announcement positively invited scornful repartee from the Opposition – which duly obliged. The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, described it as evidence of a "death-bed conversion from a party facing defeat" at the election....

  • David Blunkett: European warrant is fair, but it is open to abuse
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    We’re rightly proud of the history of our laws and freedoms built up over centuries and the rights asserted from the late 17th century onwards. But it’s almost as if we’re stuck in a time warp. That is why there has been more debate about the develop...

  • Leading article: The political battle over the unkindest cuts
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Some wonder whether this might be a Machiavellian plot by Mr Cameron to provoke a bond market revolt before the election, which would be fatal for the Government. But that is surely too clever by half. It is more likely that Mr Cameron has taken a lo...

  • Letters: Critics of Israel
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    Lord Phillips' assertion that Israel is in "cavalier breach of International Law, the UN Charter, its Conventions and Resolutions" is wrong. Surprisingly – especially for a lawyer – he does not state precisely what law it is that Israel has breached....

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Leno versus Conan is the new Rumble in the Jungle, and I can't get enough of it'
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    One of the hottest topics of recent weeks has been "Rain in Los Angeles", a headline of such cataclysmic proportions, it dominated not only local news bulletins, but every dining table conversation within a 50 mile radius. You would think the city ha...

  • Leading article: Israel must investigate seriously
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    But now significant cracks are opening in that facade of rejection. Last week, the Israeli government sent a document to the UN revealing that it had reprimanded two officers for firing artillery shells at a UN compound in Gaza where 700 Palestinian ...

  • Ramon Niekrash: There's nothing to stop this happening again
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    However, one question remains: who will be held accountable for what went wrong? The employment tribunal was inexorably drawn to the conclusion that I had been suspended from my position at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a direct result of the conce...

  • Michael Sfard: Laws of conflict do not allow for killing civilians in this way
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    If the quote is true, that means that Israel has abandoned the main safeguard that makes sure that combatants realise the most basic principle of international humanitarian law: the principle of distinction between combatants and civilians. That prin...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Who else will stand in Cameron's way?
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The Academy often seems stuck on the horns of a dilemma, torn between art and commerce. Success is regarded as one of the key indicators of quality. But critical respectability matters too. If enough reviewers and festivals talk up movies, Academy me...

  • George Osborne: Our first task must be to cut the deficit in Britain's finances
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    These were the shaky foundations of the age of irresponsibility that left Britain so badly exposed to this economic crisis. They cannot be the sources of sustainable growth for the future. We need new sources of growth. Our new economic model will be...

  • Carola Long: Buzz and them: why London beats Paris
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The main complaint of an open letter to members of the government is that bars, clubs and other signs of (night)life are struggling to stay open and vibrant thanks to a bourgeois pursuit of "silence". While in Paris last week, I went through the usua...

  • A police recruit: Budget cuts are keeping police off the streets
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    On 4 January a letter arrived. But instead of giving me details of my start date it informed me that my recruitment was being deferred until 2011. It's hard to explain how disappointing and frustrating it is. Being a police officer is all I have ever...

  • Robert Westhead: Instead of just being lively, I was losing touch with reality
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    I barged my way into a physics lesson and started pontificating to the class, as my old physics teacher looked on in horror. I did the same thing at a management consultancy where I worked briefly, storming in there and talking excitedly to everyone,...

  • Hugo Brady: Europeans probably need to accept they have missed an opportunity
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    That episode should have been warning enough to Europe's leaders: the world is changing fast. This US President will not waste time visiting the old continent unless it has something new to say. And why should he? Obama's first experience of the Unio...

  • Letters: Blair's self-delusion
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Absent from Blair's testimony was any reference to (let alone compassion for) the sacrifices of British troops. In truth, he could not say they suffered and died in a good cause. Far from deposing a tyrant, Britain handed over control of Basra to Shi...

  • Leading article: An issue of power, not privacy
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    As Justice Tugendhat commented in overturning the injunction preventing newspapers reporting the case, it was a story "in wide circulation amongst those involved in the sport in question and not just amongst those directly engaged in the sport". The ...

  • Terry Pratchett: Why stop trusting a doctor who has the power to kill you?
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    There has been no evidence in those areas where assisted dying is currently practised that it leads to any kind of "slippery slope". It seems to be an item of faith among those opposed to assisted dying that it will open the door to abuses all the wa...

  • Guy Adams: Why $15 a month is a small price to pay for quality
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Yet for every complaint you'll find an armchair pundit who'll tell you this nation of telly addicts enjoys some of the world's finest programming – provided, that is, they're prepared to pay for it. Exhibit A, in the defence of America's TV industry,...

  • Stephen Foley: Audacious spending plan leaves President on a fiscal tightrope
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    It has taken a heroic set of assumptions about the sustainability and strength of the US economic recovery even to reach predictions for deficit reduction that look as modest as this. One slip by the economy, then this budget – and perhaps this presi...

  • Leading article: Film festival
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    There's human drama too, with Kathryn Bigelow competing with her ex-husband, James Cameron, for the best director gong. There's one serious test of the amicability of a break-up. Two former Independent writers, Lynn Barber and Nick Hornby, will be i...

  • Leading article: Wing and a prayer
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    The latest spat concerns a local con woman, who has duped one of the sons of a Pegasus veteran into handing over his father's medals, in the mistaken belief that they would be put on show in the Pegasus Memorial Museum. It is a frustrating tale. But,...

  • Steve Connor: Now we know why pandas went veggie
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Now the hypothesis can be tested in another way by analysing the panda's genes. A huge team of largely Chinese scientists have sequenced something like 94 per cent of the panda's genome and have concluded, among other things, that its bamboo diet mig...

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