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Tuesday, 9 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: The electorate deserves a fairer voting system
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    In a sense, this opposition is one of the reasons why electoral reform is so necessary. Many Labour (and Conservative) MPs are doing very nicely out of the present first-past-the-post voting system. It is perhaps no coincidence that some of those MPs...

  • Peter Popham: Two people of no monetary value – and so aren't worth saving
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    That is how our wealthy world deals with pirates when they attack our commercial interests – with supreme pragmatism. We know all about this: it's no secret. We tolerate it. No one makes a fuss or cries foul. The pirates are not paid off as a matter ...

  • 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: Homeopathy
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    Many GPs have patients for whom they are able to do nothing using conventional medicine. Such "heartsink" patients report medically unexplainable symptoms and are said to represent about 11 per cent of GPs' workload. I suspect many GPs would be happy...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'People in LA don't say the word 'dead'. All you need is the right psychic'
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    They don't say the word "dead" here, though. Ever. It is a too-dramatic-sounding syllable; too final. They say "passed over", which is more in the spirit of "just nipped into the kitchen to put the kettle on". And when you want to contact a loved one...

  • Leading article: An unjustified and disturbing arrest
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    The outgoing parliament's term only ran until April, and a new one is needed to push through the reforms that Mr Rajapaksa has promised – both to improve the economic lot of ordinary Sri Lankans, and to use the opportunity provided by last year's con...

  • Gordon Brown: An ageing population demands another revolution in healthcare
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    Opposing reform is the fiscally irresponsible course of action at a time when we must be looking to ensure that every pound, whether public and private, is used wisely – when failure to act increases the costs of ageing and simply wastes money. We kn...

  • Michael Whisson: Imprisoned by the party, his carers and protocol: so what does he think about the state of his nation?
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    What he really thinks in his latter days, imprisoned by the party, his care-givers and protocol in the comfort of a luxurious home, feted by political and moral leaders across the world, only history may relate, for he remains a "disciplined member o...

  • Carola Long: Brangelina and a 21st-century myth
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    But many celebrity-watchers are less likely to believe the two people at the heart of the story than the reports surrounding them. That's partly through precedents such as Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere's full-page advert in The Times, declaring the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Fruitless
    Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    But it's not just ministers who must be feeling crestfallen at that news. What about the celebrity chefocracy? All those thousands of television hours watching Jamie and Gordon and others prepare delicious and nutritious salads were in vain. We paid ...

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