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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

  • 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: Setting schools free can only be half of the answer
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    This trend could be seen in Gordon Brown's speech yesterday promising to allow parents to vote to remove a failing school's management and to bring in a new one. It was there in the Conservatives' plan last week to allow teachers to form co-operative...

  • 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...

  • Letters: HIV/Aids epidemic
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    Administering toxic drugs to every HIV positive person goes against the moral tenet that medical treatment should be provided for the benefits it offers to the individual and not because it might have positive health impacts for others. Moreover, the...

  • Jaci Stephen: I won't be going to the ceremony – but I still feel part of the Oscars
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    A national newspaper, which subsequently went bust, sent me there to cover a pre-Oscars party, and I was more excited than I had ever been about covering any other story in my early career. Certainly a great deal more excited than when the London Eve...

  • Leading article: The eurozone's spring of discontent
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    The future of the Greek economy remains uncertain, despite a cobbled-together agreement among eurozone finance ministers to prevent a default. The necessary slimming of the public sector pay bill, along with equally necessary changes to the tax syste...

  • Kofi Annan: As long as Palestinians are occupied, passions will be inflamed
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    Nor can our global institutions play their essential role in building consensus and bridging divides unless they are reformed to reflect the realities of today rather than 60 years ago. We are seeing new powers emerging eager to share global responsi...

  • Amy Jenkins: Martin Amis's failing is mine too
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    Surely, you're allowed to resist jumping through sentimental hoops without being a narcissist? Because for every wonderful fairy godmother out there, there's a bad fairy creeping around limp-winged with guilt. Someone like me. Someone who's not good ...

  • Jo Glanville: Unanimous backing for real freedom of the press
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    Over the past 18 months, there has been an unprecedented groundswell for reform, as scientists, academics, NGOs, the media and pressure groups have lobbied for action. The committee's recommendations echo many of those proposed by Index on Censorship...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Unrequited enmity
    Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    What universe – literary, celebrity or other – we ask, is occupied by long-remembered bitterness about whether or not a famous writer and his rakish friend smoked over the death-bed of a beloved husband, and whether they visited out of affection or j...

  • 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). ...

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