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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

  • Leading article: A Green Paper that starts to ask the right questions
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    And there is much, over and above the release date, that is wrong with this Green Paper. Swathes of spending are treated as protected and so effectively excluded in advance. In fact, no actual spending figures are mentioned at all. The decision by th...

  • Leading article: Two cheers for a little bit more democracy
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The announcement positively invited scornful repartee from the Opposition – which duly obliged. The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, described it as evidence of a "death-bed conversion from a party facing defeat" at the election....

  • John Harris: The consciousness of these people remains a closed door
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    What happened in the experiments is that certain parts of the brains of people thought to have no consciousness at all were "activated" when they were asked to think about certain things, when they were asked to imagine playing tennis, for example. T...

  • Kim Sengupta: In these tough economic times, it's clear that the defence budget will have to be cut
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    There was a misunderstanding. Sir Jock had, in fact, said it was "certainly plausible" that the services would escape merger. However, this in itself was hardly a declaration of confidence, and he went on to say: "There are interesting issues to be d...

  • Letters: Climate change
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    On 5 December, just before the Copenhagen climate summit, the BBC quoted the alarm of Professor J Graham Cogley of Ontario Trent University that the authors "had misread 2350 for 2035". Professor Cogley quoted a 1996 document by Russian hydrologist V...

  • Leading article: The prospect of a power cut
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    The regulator rightly argues that the energy sector needs an overhaul if we are to meet this challenge. But what, precisely, is to be done? Ofgem has come out with some surprisingly radical proposals such as establishing a central energy buyer to set...

  • Lorna Fitzsimons: Israel faces a battle for credibility. But it's winnable
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    The bottom line that all decent people want to know is not, "Are you perfect?". Instead, they need to know, "Are you sincere and can I believe you? Can we give you the benefit of doubt?" The public know there is no such thing as a perfect democracy. ...

  • Liz Hoggard: A game of love and betrayal for men only
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    No, sorry, you've lost me. Does any woman really care about the John Terry story? I know it's gripping men – with its grand narrative of love, loyalty and embattled teamsmanship – but every woman I spoke to this week just doesn't care. The media obse...

  • Charlotte Philby: Does a mummy have to be yummy?
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Nothing wrong in that, you may well argue. Just a chance for us, the adoring public, to coo over our her new arrival, and snoop around the house. Well, I don't think so. The illusion created by these model new mothers – and of course very often they ...

  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: Brazil is building economic strength by lifting millions out of poverty
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Brazil wishes to aid in the construction of this new world, which, we all know, is not only possible but dramatically necessary, as the recent international financial crisis made clear even to those who do not appreciate change.... Today, the world l...

  • Letters: Critics of Israel
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    Lord Phillips' assertion that Israel is in "cavalier breach of International Law, the UN Charter, its Conventions and Resolutions" is wrong. Surprisingly – especially for a lawyer – he does not state precisely what law it is that Israel has breached....

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Leno versus Conan is the new Rumble in the Jungle, and I can't get enough of it'
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    One of the hottest topics of recent weeks has been "Rain in Los Angeles", a headline of such cataclysmic proportions, it dominated not only local news bulletins, but every dining table conversation within a 50 mile radius. You would think the city ha...

  • Leading article: Israel must investigate seriously
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    But now significant cracks are opening in that facade of rejection. Last week, the Israeli government sent a document to the UN revealing that it had reprimanded two officers for firing artillery shells at a UN compound in Gaza where 700 Palestinian ...

  • George Osborne: Our first task must be to cut the deficit in Britain's finances
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    These were the shaky foundations of the age of irresponsibility that left Britain so badly exposed to this economic crisis. They cannot be the sources of sustainable growth for the future. We need new sources of growth. Our new economic model will be...

  • Hugo Brady: Europeans probably need to accept they have missed an opportunity
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    That episode should have been warning enough to Europe's leaders: the world is changing fast. This US President will not waste time visiting the old continent unless it has something new to say. And why should he? Obama's first experience of the Unio...

  • Robert Westhead: Instead of just being lively, I was losing touch with reality
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    I barged my way into a physics lesson and started pontificating to the class, as my old physics teacher looked on in horror. I did the same thing at a management consultancy where I worked briefly, storming in there and talking excitedly to everyone,...

  • A police recruit: Budget cuts are keeping police off the streets
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    On 4 January a letter arrived. But instead of giving me details of my start date it informed me that my recruitment was being deferred until 2011. It's hard to explain how disappointing and frustrating it is. Being a police officer is all I have ever...

  • Carola Long: Buzz and them: why London beats Paris
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The main complaint of an open letter to members of the government is that bars, clubs and other signs of (night)life are struggling to stay open and vibrant thanks to a bourgeois pursuit of "silence". While in Paris last week, I went through the usua...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Who else will stand in Cameron's way?
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    The Academy often seems stuck on the horns of a dilemma, torn between art and commerce. Success is regarded as one of the key indicators of quality. But critical respectability matters too. If enough reviewers and festivals talk up movies, Academy me...

  • Michael Sfard: Laws of conflict do not allow for killing civilians in this way
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    If the quote is true, that means that Israel has abandoned the main safeguard that makes sure that combatants realise the most basic principle of international humanitarian law: the principle of distinction between combatants and civilians. That prin...

  • Ramon Niekrash: There's nothing to stop this happening again
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    However, one question remains: who will be held accountable for what went wrong? The employment tribunal was inexorably drawn to the conclusion that I had been suspended from my position at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a direct result of the conce...

  • Leading article: Hole hearted
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    The potholes are opening up faster than local councils can fill them in. And the cost of repairing the roads, we are told, will run into many billions of pounds. Perhaps it's time to admit defeat. Perhaps the time has come to make a virtue of these h...

  • Guy Adams: A rich crop at the Golden Raspberries
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Each year since 1980, a local showbusiness publicist called John Wilson has staged this tongue-in-cheek shindig, which is more widely known as the Razzies, to celebrate the very worst that the film industry has produced over the previous 12 months. H...

  • Leading article: Film festival
    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    There's human drama too, with Kathryn Bigelow competing with her ex-husband, James Cameron, for the best director gong. There's one serious test of the amicability of a break-up. Two former Independent writers, Lynn Barber and Nick Hornby, will be i...

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