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Thursday, 25 February 2010

  • Leading article: Clarity in the law is not always for the best
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Ms Purdy, who has multiple sclerosis, wanted to know what would happen to her husband if he helped her to end her life. In particular she wanted to know if he would face prosecution if he accompanied her to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. When sh...

  • 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. ...

  • Letters: Oil development in the Falkands
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    So there is an element of Venezuelan self-interest at work here: Venezuela needs to keep what friends it has, while hopefully acquiring more in Latin America. The UK of course can be written off as a Chavez supporter because of its close relationship...

  • Leading article: A strike from the past
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    No longer are national carriers run for the benefit of their staff. Or are they? The evidence from the bitter dispute between British Airways and the cabin-crew union, Unite, suggests a legacy of industrial relations lunacy still prevails. The score ...

  • Leading article: His country needs him
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Invoking the spirit of Captain Oates sacrificing himself for the greater good of his team -mates may be thought to be pushing things a bit for what, after all, is a highly personal quarrel over a former girlfriend. But then it's probably equally exag...

  • Max Mosley: Why I'm bringing my case
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    This is because the law already requires certain things to be kept private. The courts will enforce the law but can only do so if the matter comes before them. But a case can only come before the court if the person concerned makes an application. Th...

  • Clair Lewis: Disabled people need assistance to live, not die
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    When healthy people are suicidal, the usual response is to try to help them live better lives, not provide a solution which encourages them to die. It seems that disabled people are the only people who can be suicidal and mentally competent at the sa...

  • James Moore: Hester displays symptoms of Sensitive Banker Syndrome
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    At risk, it seems, is almost everyone working in the heart of London's financial centre who can't seem to understand why getting paid squillions after nearly destroying the economy seems to upset people. The first indication in this results season th...

  • Michael Brown: Cameron needs to hold his nerve – or defeat will loom
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Candidates who have been slogging it out in the marginals for the past four years will be jealous of their Cameroon "A-list gold card" counter-parts who have slipped effortlessly into safe seats, only weeks before polling day, vacated in the wake of ...

  • Professor Kanti Bajpai: India's growth in power calls for a rethink of strategic policies
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Internationalists argue that international politics can be co-operative and that a relentless commitment to negotiations, international institutions and morally informed diplomacy can trump competition and violence. Internationalists oppose alliances...

  • David Usborne: Policy is the victim in Washington's bloodsport
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    As with American football, there were periods where nothing much happened. Even the referee, a certain Barack Obama, looked a bit bored. But when two teams are this fiercely committed to crushing one another, viewers can be assured some decent pushin...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sean O'Grady: Sad farewell to a symbol of excess
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Yet I strongly suspect that the chromed-up, stretched and otherwise "pimped" Hummers you saw around Britain were driven very few miles a year, rather taking the edge off their environmental harm. Just like Ferraris and Bentleys, actually. Demonising ...

  • Penny Nicholls: Lads mags should be singled out for attention
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Research by the Children's Society proves beyond doubt that irresponsible and unprincipled advertising, marketing and media coverage is encouraging the premature sexualisation of children and seriously undermining their well-being. We surveyed 7,000 ...

  • Dan Sabbagh: Lads mags should not be singled out for attention
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    Nuts and Zoo, with their unashamed men-only content, are clearly not high-minded magazines. But racy though they are, nothing published in either title is illegal. Surely a fundamental premise of any democratic society ought to be that it tolerates a...

  • Susie Rushton: My walk into another world
    Friday, 26 February 2010

    A friend who lives in Berlin had come over for the weekend. He wanted a break from the cool, cheap, excellent quality of life which that city offers, so I took him on a social safari around SW3; the tour's name comes from its population of almost exc...

  • 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 ...

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