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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

  • Leading article: The Chancellor's slings and arrows can wound
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    Much of the effect, of course, derives from the timing, with the general election presumed to be less than three months away. Anything that even hints at weakness in Number 10 or discord within the Cabinet is going to be seized on by the Opposition. ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Defamation laws
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    If your esteemed organ publishes a statement that I am a practising paedophile I will suffer enormous damage: I will probably be lynched if I leave my house; I would probably lose my job, be divorced and so forth. I am therefore as much entitled to d...

  • Leading article: The real lessons of this NHS disaster
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    What is more, Mr Burnham's efforts to quarantine this disaster suggest an unwillingness to face up to the scale of the problem that has been revealed. The failure in Stafford is not just the tale of one badly run hospital, but the failure of a regula...

  • David Usborne: Latin America is driving this game of brinkmanship
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    That Argentina was showered with solidarity from its neighbours was hardly a surprise, especially with Hugo Chavez there (reminding Queen Elizabeth II that the British Empire is no more). Assailing Britain fitted with the wider agenda of forging a ne...

  • Sean O'Grady: He has one last chance to preserve his legacy
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    Gordon Brown is Mr Darling's other misfortune. The good fairy endowed Mr Darling with many gifts – brains, a certain diffident charm, memorable facial hair; but she forgot to add good fortune. At any rate, he'll have some priceless raw material for h...

  • Jan Creamer: Do fashion designers know where the fur they show comes from?
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    And yet with so many faux options available designers have actually increased the use of real fur in their collections. This is evident with many-high-profile designers showing fur at the autumn/winter 2010 Fashion Weeks now in progress. Fur on the c...

  • Liz Hoggard: Revenge of the life-savvy over-40s
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    Young people look on in astonishment at our total ineptitude when it comes to downloading apps or buying tracks off iTunes (I still go into shops and buy CDs: what a loser). When Radiohead allowed us to download their album, I crumpled. There was no ...

  • Nick Clegg: Brown has failed not on character but on credibility
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    The slogan itself is old, first used back in 2003. Then, like now, the poorest paid a higher proportion of their income in tax than the richest. But there is a difference: then, the gap was about two percentage points. Now, it is about four percentag...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Gossip is what empowers the weak
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    In point of fact, gossip magazines are as old and venerable as "proper" newspapers. Exactly 300 years ago, between 1709 and 1711, Sir Richard Steele founded two magazines: The Spectator, and Tatler. Their titles now dignified by age, we may overloo...

  • Nick Clark: It says we can trust in its virtue. But rivals and users are not so sure
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    Yesterday three executives at Google – which also lost its crown as the UK's "superbrand" to Microsoft the same day – were convicted of violating privacy laws after its video site ran footage of a disabled boy being bullied. It is not the first time ...

  • Richard Dowden: Ordinary Nigerians might do better without a government at all
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    There have also been far-reaching decisions in the President's in-tray concerning the future of Nigeria's oil and telecoms industries. During the crisis over the Christmas Day bomber, Farouk Abdul Mutallab, American officials had no one to pick up th...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Not the way to police the web's Wild West
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    Human vindictiveness and depravity are nothing new, of course. The difference is that now this kind of vile behaviour can be shared among millions with a video phone, an internet connection and a few mouse clicks. The question is: how should the auth...

  • Leading article: Auld enemies
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    But the T-shirt's popularity does constitute a reminder of that enduring tendency to feel properly Scottish only when expressing hate for the Sassenachs. Come on now. Can't these two great countries be friends? Let us start by not bringing up histori...

  • Guy Adams: Here's one US symbol not worth saving
    Thursday, 25 February 2010

    US health laws are to blame, I'm told: they forbid American butchers from using pig innards to make the sticky sausage skin and meaty-offal filling that transatlantic consumers enjoy. Instead, the country's favourite way to scoff mass-processed pork ...

  • 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...

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