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Monday, 1 March 2010

  • Leading article: A saga that reflects badly on the Conservative Party
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and its biggest donor, released a statement yesterday revealing that he is a "non-domiciled" resident of the UK. What this means is that Lord Ashcroft pays UK tax on his British earnings, b...

  • Leading article: A closely fought election would be a tonic for our democracy
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Elections, it is said, are for governments to lose, not for oppositions to win. Mr Cameron's problem is that Labour under Gordon Brown appeared resigned to losing for some time – only quite unexpectedly to recover self-confidence, almost miraculously...

  • Michael Brown: Jangled nerves replace high spirits
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    At their party conference in Manchester last autumn the party chairman, Eric Pickles, spent most of his time trying to dampen high spirits, cautioning against complacency and banning the consumption of champagne. This weekend Mr Pickles had no need t...

  • Melanie McFadyean: The scandal that is Yarl's Wood
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Last week John McDonnell MP tabled an early day motion in response to the hunger strike asking for an immediate inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) into "reports of violence, mistreatment and racist abuse from guards, being ket...

  • Letters: A mythical mandate
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Add in the fact that many voters have little idea quite what the parties stand for. Throw in the reflection that parties differ in the resources available to advertise. And stir in the fact that political posters and soundbites are often misleading. ...

  • Leading article: Jacob Zuma's economic tightrope
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Zimbabwe is a good drum for Mr Zuma to beat, for it will draw attention away from the deepening divisions among the supporters of his government and from the latest embarrassing row about his sex life. On the political front his supporters on the lef...

  • Maurice Frankel: An important blow has been struck for freedom of information
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    The Government had been proposing to create a new FOI exemption, blocking access to cabinet materials less than 20 years old. This was to have been included in a package, which the Commons votes on today, which also requires old government files to b...

  • Charles Crawford: Ejup Ganic and the 1992 Volunteer Street Massacre
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Back in May 1992 the break-up of communist Yugoslavia was well under way. Slovenia and Croatia had been recognised as independent states. What of the remainder of Yugoslavia as these pieces fell off, above all the most ethnically complex (and contest...

  • Letters: Government advertisments are bad for our health
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Last year we had a set of billboards featuring families in a typical town centre thanking the government for CCTV and the fact that they haven't been killed in a terrorist attack. We had giant adverts on the sides of buses telling us that too much ...

  • Leading article: The wrong message on pay
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    It is also galling to learn that businesses such as banks, some of which survive only thanks to the infusion of huge sums of public money, are at the top of the league in rewarding their chairmen. Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland come first in thi...

  • Steve Connor: Most drugs don't work on most people – for now
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    It is estimated for instance that drugs for Alzheimer's disease work in fewer than one in three patients and those for cancer are only truly effective in about a quarter of patients. Drugs for migraines, osteoporosis and arthritis work in about half ...

  • Leading article: Orange revolution
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    They've lured Paddington away from Marmite, presumably after agreeing to match the Peruvian's sizeable wage demands (plus a cut for his agent, Michael Bond). Robertson hopes that Paddington will fill the gap left by its much loved, but also controver...

  • John Curtice: Voters are looking afresh at Gordon Brown
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    The YouGov poll in The Sunday Times suggesting that the Conservative lead was down to two points grabbed the headlines. But there was doubt about whether it might just represent random variation around the 5-6 point lead suggested by other recent pol...

  • Daniel Howden: Zuma - A leader paralysed by his promises
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    Less than a year after winning the general election, the desire among ANC supporters to make a break from the divisive era of Thabo Mbeki has left them with a different, but equally dangerous, problem. Mr Zuma built support within the ruling alliance...

  • Gordon Prentice: Ashcroft has fallen into line, and a wrong has been righted
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    It is not just that Ashcroft provided the money. He has formulated and directed the strategy too – setting out a game plan on how to win the swing constituencies by a sustained, long-term campaign running over years, not weeks or months. An outpourin...

  • Ged Bailes: Some fears cannot be overcome
    Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    For those of us who work with patients in secure hospitals, the tension between helping these individuals with a severe mental illness who have committed the most serious offences and public concern at the risk that they may re-offend is something we...

  • Leading article: Normal service resumed
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Spring officially started today, though so far many of us are not so much hailing the advent of the new season as still watching the hail. But should draw comfort from the meteorologists, who say that this has not in fact been a long, hard winter. It...

  • Nicholas Lezard: If you could see the BBC now, John ...
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    The bad news is that there are some stories going around that the BBC, anxious to make cuts for some reason, are going to close down 6Music, its main platform for independent, left-field music – or, in other words, the kind of stuff you used to champ...

  • Mick Dumper and Wendy Pullan: The truth that faces Jerusalem... divided cities can never flourish
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Our research in other cities of Europe and the Middle East has shown that few if any physically divided cities have ever flourished. Indeed, while the physical division of a city through walls and barriers may address the symptoms of a conflict, it d...

  • Rhodri Marsden: This is like tackling shoplifting by removing all the escalators
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    The indications are that it would reshape domestic laws of many of the signatory countries – a list that includes the UK but omits notorious offenders such as Russia and China. Faced with the challenge of protecting the world's creative industries, t...

  • Philippa O'Brien: These urban types are intelligent and endearing
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Beekeeping used to be a simpler, less exacting task: put bees in hives and check for honey at the end of the summer. There would be the odd disease but one didn't have to be so diligent about checking. Now you must be more proactive – your bees can b...

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