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Thursday, 4 February 2010

  • Leading article: MPs must not fight reform on expenses
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    Sir Thomas Legg, the former Whitehall mandarin called in by the Prime Minister to audit the expenses of MPs going back four years, released his final report. He lambasted the "culture of deference" within the Commons Fees Office and the "deeply flawe...

  • Sean O'Grady: This time the jokes are on Toyota
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    As it happens, the expected global wave of Toyota gags doesn't seem to have materialised, yet, though a "Toyotathon of Death" has featured on America's Daily Show with John Stewart, where Stewart also excitedly screams at Detroit: "Hey boys, we're ba...

  • Leading article: Easing off – but only for now
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    The answer is that no one seems quite certain, certainly not the Bank of England which announced its decision yesterday with a host of caveats warning of the fragility of the recovery and the possible need to fire up the weapon again should circumsta...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Gay 'therapy'
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    When any man comes out as gay, there is rejoicing. Yet when a gay man moves into heterosexuality, as I have, there is vilification. Having experienced the professional care of the two therapists Patrick mentions, I am now living a fulfilled married a...

  • Leading article: Fat chance
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    Plus Asashoryu has form for naughty behaviour. His past misdemeanours include feigning injury, pulling on an opponent's topknot, raising his arms after a victory in the ring and, most inexcusably of all, being photographed wearing a business suit. Bu...

  • Nikolas Zirganos: They lived the myth through the boom years – then reality hit
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    "All these years we lived in a fake reality, in a bubble, unconcernedly, without thinking the future, like the cicada in Aesop's fables," says Stelios, 43, a garage attendant in central Athens. "The myth is dead. Now it's time to pay." Over the past ...

  • Susie Rushton: Lipstick economics have failed Space NK
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    Laura Mercier and Terry de Gunzberg (from whom By Terry takes its name) are typical of the big-name make-up artists whose goods sell at Space NK; at the peak of their careers as fashion professionals, they turned their reputations into cult brands. T...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Tony Hayward: Only a wide mix of energy types will provide for us in the future
    Friday, 5 February 2010

    The share of renewable energy will increase, but we have to be realistic about its contribution. As of today, all of the world's wind, solar, wave, tide and geothermal energy accounts for around one per cent of total consumption. Given the practical ...

  • 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...

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