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Friday, 26 February 2010

  • Leading article: How money can distort the democratic process
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The party's opponents will protest that donations on this scale distort the democratic process. The Tories, in response, will point to the funding of the Labour Party by the trades unions. But the amounts involved are disproportionate. The Conservati...

  • Letters: British jobs and British workers
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    I suggest that the main reason for the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the indigenous population is the low wages on offer. The reason the wages are low is that immigrant workers will accept them: they have different lifestyles and different expect...

  • Leading article: Football's blind complacency
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    But with yesterday's acrimonious descent of Portsmouth Football Club into administration (crippled by debts of £60m) Mr Triesman's alarm looks prescient. As the analysis of the finances of all 20 Premier League clubs in today's Independent sports sup...

  • Amy Jenkins: The writing is on the wall for homeopathy, and not before time
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The term "new age" refers to the astrological Age of Aquarius and, as we know from the song, this is the dawning. (Even though the song dates back to the Sixties, the age is still dawning, apparently. Astrological ages are 2150 years long and they ta...

  • Julian Baggini: Suicide can be a rational choice
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    However, most of what most people are actually talking about concerns the side effects and unintended consequences. It's about our ability to trust doctors, the need to protect old people from being coerced into going too gently into that good night,...

  • E Jane Dickson: It takes more than one to make a teenage pregnancy
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed teenage pregnancies in the UK have fallen to their lowest in over a decade. Cheers from the Left, who claim the 13 per cent drop as a victory for the Government's £286m "10-year ...

  • The truth is out there: 27/02/2010
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    Nearly 10,000 people converged in Bac Lieu province to bid farewell to the 52ft cetacean they called Your Excellency. According to Viet Nam News they burned incense and plan to build a temple at the site of his burial at the mouth of the Cai Cung Riv...

  • 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: Twitterati
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    But that was what the Energy Secretary seemed to be up to yesterday via the micro-blogging site. Except, of course, he wasn't. Mr Miliband had merely been the victim of a "phishing" scam. And jolly disappointing this no doubt was to Mr Miliband's fol...

  • Duncan McCargo: Compromise is needed in this polarised country
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The flamboyant former Manchester City owner aroused and divided a Buddhist kingdom more associated with opportunism, fudging and a revolving door of leaders. Judicialisation of politics has been the major response of the royalist elite to the Thaksin...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Toni Terry may well forgive John but then again she may well not,' said An Insider. Hey, can anyone have a guess?'
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    No, A Source and A Close Family Friend provide a tremendous service and, although I suspect they do not meet up that often – where would they find the time? – I am minded to think that, when they do, the conversation goes something like this: A Close...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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