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Monday, 8 February 2010

  • Leading article: The first real test of the new strategy in Afghanistan
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    General Stanley McChrystal, the top Nato commander in Afghanistan, has said he wants the military operation, which will be one of the most significant in the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, to send a very clear signal to the country th...

  • Brian Paddick: A bad day for race relations in the police
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    The "leaderless discussion" exercised the question – ironically, bearing in mind the case that has just concluded – whether it was ever justified not to tell the truth. One of the other candidates challenged Ali's assertion that telling lies was neve...

  • Leading article: Diplomacy has not yet run its course with Iran
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    President Ahmadinejad's mention of a target of 20 per cent enrichment – a level above what is necessary for civilian nuclear power – has set alarm bells ringing in Western capitals. Yet the President added at the weekend that the door was still open ...

  • Sean O'Grady: The mess the Pigs are in will affect us all
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Recently, the German Economics Minister, Rainer Brüderle, put the problem at its sharpest, saying: "This may have fatal effects on all states in the eurozone." Actually, he was too optimistic; it will affect the whole of Europe, and the rest of the w...

  • Leading article: The price of a healthier country
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    But it will be welcomed by patients. The more difficult question, posed by Andrew Lansley, Tory health spokesman, is how it will be paid for. The NHS budget will come under unprecedented pressure after 2011. The Department of Health has nevertheless ...

  • Letters: Parliamentary privilege
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    It appears from your report "You cannot prosecute us, MPs facing theft charges claim" (6 February) that the MPs concerned have been given different advice by "eminent QCs". Further, the DPP, in his statement announcing the charges, acknowledged that ...

  • Leading article: Bowled over
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    The 44th Super Bowl outdid itself in all of these departments and also gave a little bit more thanks to the victory of the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the Louisiana team's first Super Bowl appearance and it came just four a...

  • Stephen Timms: We're here for the times when a small business needs a lifeline
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    Time to Pay is not being "wound up". As the Chancellor has said it will stay in place for "as long as needed". Perhaps more importantly, the idea that it could contribute to even a single company failing shows a complete misunderstanding of the schem...

  • Liz Hoggard: Yes all right, I love you. Next ...
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    As women we splurge out our emotions. Desperate to be understood, our letters are littered with sub-clauses, breathless explanations and lots of brackets. It's like an epistolary novel. Whereas the minute men commit pen to paper, they come over all V...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Rising healthcare costs can only end in bankruptcy
    Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    Ford already spends more on healthcare than on steel. Starbucks spends more on healthcare than on coffee. A US government report last week showed that national health spending grew at its fastest rate for 50 years in 2009, to $2.5 trillion, or 17.3 p...

  • Letters: Climate change and trust
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    First, you'll need to get a decent layperson's grasp of the issues at stake. The idea that non-scientists are incapable of understanding the evidence and arguments is nonsense; there are dozens of well-written, lucid, non-technical books on climate s...

  • Leading article: A new force in British banking?
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    That boldness appears to be paying off. Last week, Santander reported that it accounted for 50 per cent of all new mortgages in Britain in 2009, and its UK profits were up 30 per cent to £1.5bn. For these reasons, the Spanish bank is regarded as one ...

  • Leading article: Island rivals
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    It is, of course, the oldest national struggle of these islands. Before the English began tussling with the Scots or the Irish, it was the Welsh they went head to head with. So what, then, is the historical score? One would have to say that the Engli...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Fight for freedom: buy a Whopper at BK
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    At which point I should declare a small interest. As with all the great feuding dyads – Protestant vs Catholic, Coke vs Pepsi, BBC vs commercial TV – each side has its cheerleaders, utterly convinced of the rectitude of their case. Although I will ke...

  • Julius Cavendish: Home comforts land at Kandahar airfield
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Now TGI Friday has opened its doors, drawing thousands of servicemen and women missing the comforts of home. Decked out in kitsch Americana and with the kind of music playing in the background that usually accompanies dirty movies, it might be anywhe...

  • Charles Crawford: Language is a tool which must be kept well-honed to do its job
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Language has existed for thousands of years, performing its function adequately, without any care or attention at all, and most have never been subject to it at any time in their history. A rabid free-marketeer like myself can have little complaint i...

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