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Friday, 5 February 2010

  • Leading article: The eurozone faces its most difficult test yet
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    It is important to recognise that, while several European nations have weak public finances, Greece has exceptional problems. Athens' budget deficit is abnormally large, as is its stock of debt. And the European Commission discovered recently that th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Religious morality and the law
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Her husband's conduct as Prime Minister presumably was condoned on the basis that he was a "religious man" and therefore what he did must be right, though how she squared this with the views of the head of her church on war in Iraq remains a puzzle o...

  • Leading article: Parliamentarians on trial
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    There is a shocking aspect to yesterday's announcement and one considerably less shocking. Despite all the detail, colourful and sordid, that has emerged about MPs' expenses claims in recent months, and despite the large amounts that some MPs have ag...

  • Leading article: Football not behaving badly
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    At the end of a saga in which no one seemed to behave very well, however, yesterday saw a sudden outbreak of decency. Terry took his demotion like a man and promised to do his best for England. His alleged girlfriend declined to publish her kiss and ...

  • Mary Wakefield: Don't switch off the will to live
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Dr Owen runs through the yes/no questions, not holding out any hope, but soon the images on the fMRI screen lead him to an incredible conclusion: Y is responding! Y is answering yes and no correctly, he's still in there, conscious! Now pause, replay ...

  • Ian Burrell: Terry saga is a warning to all footballers
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Terry turned too late to Phil Hall, the former News of the World editor turned PR man, who is fire-fighting on his behalf. "It was a difficult brief," Hall admitted last night, after Fabio Capello, the England manager, had seized back the captain's a...

  • John Kampfner: Let battle commence over privacy
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    The evidence we have brought to bear has been compelling. Libel tourism – in which dodgy foreign oligarchs and sheikhs use our indulgent courts to sue NGOs, authors and scientists – has been such a blight on Britain's reputation that the US Congress ...

  • E Jane Dickson: If I were the Pope, I wouldn't quote Aristotle
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    It doesn't begin to make sense, but this is the Orwellian realpolitik we're faced with in view of the Government's decision to back down over the proposed amendment to its Equality Bill. On Wednesday, following a trouncing in the Lords and a broadsid...

  • 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...

  • The truth is out there: 06/02/2009
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    The citrus longhorn beetle was discovered in Boskoop last week leading to a 2km quarantine zone being imposed and a ban on all plant sales until nurseries have been inspected, reported Horticulture Week. The beetle is considered a major threat to Eur...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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