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Monday, 22 February 2010

  • Donald Macintyre: Better public relations won't improve Israel's image abroad
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Last week, the country's deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, decided not to meet a group of US Congressmen because their delegation included representatives of the fledgling "pro-Israel, pro-peace group" J Street. The group's respectability was un...

  • Leading article: A bad temper should not be confused with bullying
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Yet it is important to remember what has not been included in this unflattering picture. No allegations have been made of Mr Brown striking anyone, or throwing mobile phones at staff, despite rumours in recent months that such incendiary charges were...

  • Leading article: This election must be about policies and not personalities
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    His audience in Coventry cannot have missed the markedly confessional note that he inserted into his address in which he said: "I know – really I know – that I'm not perfect", before adding: "I know where I come from and I know what I stand for." The...

  • Andy McSmith: I don't recognise this portrait of Brown
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    He was a driven man even then, never satisfied with results. He once called a press conference which attracted interest from all the upmarket newspapers, which I thought was quite an achievement for an opposition MP only recently arrived in the Commo...

  • Steve Connor: In absence of a vaccine, this is probably our best hope
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Taken together, these two factors mean that HIV possesses a formidable ability to produce new mutants that can evade any drugs designed to interfere with its short and uncomplicated life cycle. Drug resistance to any single anti-retroviral drug can, ...

  • Leading article: No place for placebos on the NHS
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Even its supporters admit homeopathy is "scientifically implausible", as the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health did yesterday. But the Foundation still tried to defend it. What matters, it claimed, is not how homeopathy works but whether patie...

  • Patrick Cockburn: These rapid apologies only emphasise waning support
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    This limitation on airstrikes removes one of the Nato powers' main advantages against Taliban guerrillas: the ability to call in air power whenever fighters were located. The Nato planes fired yesterday at a convoy of three vehicles; among the dead w...

  • Sean O'Grady: What would happen if the country really went bust?
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Is Britain about to suffer a "Black Swan" event? This, if you follow trendy financial ideas, is the one that shocks observers who assumed such a thing could never happen, just as the first Western visitors to Australia to see a black swan were simila...

  • Leading article: Hope at last for Sudan
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Recently, there have been signs of hope. The government has conceded, in theory, that the South should have a right to go its own way in a referendum in 2011. Meanwhile, over the past few days, an accommodation has been reached between Khartoum and t...

  • Letters: Work ethic
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    I refer to the assumption of entitlement to easy living of a culture where the vocational ambition of over 50 per cent of schoolchildren was found to be achieving celebrity by participating in a reality TV show; where unemployment benefit continues t...

  • Leading article: Just rewards
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Unlike some war films, The Hurt Locker doesn't seek to make crude political points. Instead, it shows the stark reality of conflict from the soldier's perspective. Its exploration of the lethal addiction of combat breaks new ground. The Hurt Locker i...

  • Raj Joshi: CPS problems won't help justice for all
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    The frustrations are not new and in any robing room in any Crown Court across the country you will hear similar concerns expressed by barristers trying to do their job in accordance with the rule of law. The difficulty is identifying the root cause o...

  • Cary Cooper: I had to resign from bullying helpline, confidentiality was breached
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    So when the chief executive of the National Bullying Helpline asked me if I would be a patron, I said I would. The reason I resigned is that what the chief executive did, in my view, breaches the helpline's confidentiality. Although individuals were ...

  • Liz Hoggard: Hail the unassuming British hero
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    But then the whole night was a testament to self-deprecating English charm. We may not be as rich and thin as our American cousins, but we do give good acceptance speech. No doubt it was hammered home to us during interminable school prize givings th...

  • Michael McCarthy: Spring is here when this pair are caught necking
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    I would have just registered them and shuffled on, but the second's glimpse revealed something else, visible instantly in their demeanour, in the way they seemed to be squaring up to each other. They were displaying. They were swimming towards each o...

  • Letters: Brown's honesty
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Yet it is precisely this that undermines his apparent sincerity. He talks of the Conservatives as a party of public relations and he has a point. But Mr Brown has chosen a funny time to bring up the subject of PR. Is this not the man who last week ta...

  • Leading article: New ways to fight Aids
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Needless to say there are some hefty what-ifs to this theory, apart from the cost, but given the failure of earlier approaches it is worth testing.

  • Phil Willis: Government should not endorse placebos – including homeopathy
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Our second Evidence Check report examines the Government's policies on the provision of homeopathy through the National Health Service (NHS) and the licensing of homeopathic products by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). ...

  • Gordon Brown: Markets are essential for future prosperity, but they need morals
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Because we are fighting today for an ideal as visionary as the National Health Service – the dream of a National Care Service to take the fear out of old age. And we are fighting for a future where for the first time every single young person of this...

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