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  • Letters: Council budgets
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    As a local councillor, I could recount a dozen such instances in local government, but I would lose the will to live long before the end. My experiences in fields as far apart as energy conservation and sport also prove his other assertion that there...

  • Leading article: Nick Clegg positions his party for a breakthrough
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    The party's Treasury spokesman, Vince Cable, has proposed scrapping Trident, a civil service pay freeze, abolishing regional development agencies and reducing tax credits for wealthier families – cuts considerably more extensive than anything Alistai...

  • Sean O'Grady: Expect few surprises and plenty of caution
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    From what one could tell from Mr Brown's language, we should expect few surprises in a fortnight's time. He stressed the fragility of the British economy – and of the eurozone. Mr Brown clearly wants to massage expectations about what may be a disapp...

  • Leading article: Europe must confront its real economic problems
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    There is a powerful case for better regulation of some sections of the international capital markets. Credit insurance instruments should be traded on central exchanges to make the distribution of risk more transparent. And the wider social benefits ...

  • Ben Chu: Why the banks are an undemocratic vested interest
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

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  • Ben Chu: Barlcays bets on Volker failure
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

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  • Leading article: Israel shows what it really thinks
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    The timing was breathtaking. Only hours earlier, Mr Biden had sought to banish doubts about President Obama's support for Israel by proclaiming Washington's "absolute, total, unvarnished" commitment to the country's security. The previous day, George...

  • Kim Sengupta: A glimpse of tension in the 'War on Terror'
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    We do not know why Dame Eliza chose to speak up now, almost three years since her retirement at the head of MI5. Her successor, Jonathan Evans, is unlikely to have welcomed the intervention while the Americans are still smarting over a cases where th...

  • Leading article: Bring back the dog licence
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    This time what will happen is that millions of law-abiding dog owners will stump up for the insurance, with much grumbling, while the bad owners of badly-behaved dogs will ignore the law, much as many of them do with the obligation to insure their ca...

  • Leading article: High maintenance
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    Joints between the machine's giant magnets need to be strengthened before the Collider can live up to its name and start smashing atoms together at (just below) the speed of light. Until then, the LHC will run on half power. The story at the European...

  • Carola Long: Don't let's be patronised by 'celebrities'
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    For anyone who had better things to do with their time, such as stuffing a mushroom or watching paint dry, here's a rough idea of what it entailed. Four people about as famous as long-forgotten Eurovision entrants agreed to spend a few days away from...

  • Archie Bland: When Jack Bauer ruled DC
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    This makes sense to anyone who remembers that wide-eyed British staffers in the Blair years were addicted to The West Wing. Cheney has long been a confessed fan of Jack Bauer's adventures in tortureland, along with a vast audience of adrenaline-junki...

  • Guy Adams: Commercial forces born in the USA
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    The device is basically a loud speaker which pregnant women strap to their bellies. It makes funny noises a couple of hours a day, and by "enriching the auditory environment" claims to provide a "prenatal education system" that makes your future infa...

  • Jaci Stephen: You could spot the Brits at the Oscars – they were the ones without statuettes
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    Anything. Please tell me anything other than the inconceivable truth that George Clooney has gone totally grey. Being the only Brit in LA not to have received an invite to Elton John's post-Oscar bash, I watched the awards on the TV at my favourite r...

  • Leading article: Old spice
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    But according to a study by researchers from Chicago University the sunset years have their share of carnal pleasures too. They have discovered that four out of 10 men and two out of 10 women over the age of 75 are still having sex. The gender discre...

  • John Curtice: Battle narrows down to the key marginals
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    However, those conventional calculations are based on a crucial assumption: that the ups and downs in party support are the same everywhere. But if the Conservatives could secure a higher swing in those seats where Labour's lead last time was smalles...

  • Peter Beresford: It doesn't help society to think of older people as a burden
    Thursday, 11 March 2010

    We have now reached an age when there is a much larger proportion and number of old and very old people in our society. Now many more people are able to live long enough not only to see and be part of the lives of their grandchildren, but also of the...

  • Letters: ID cards dropped?
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    The plan for pseudo-voluntary introduction by requiring passport applicants also to be entered, for life, on the National Identity Register has not changed in any significant respect since the details were unveiled by David Blunkett in 2004. Arbitrar...

  • Michael Lyons: Those who attack the BBC out of private interest will be doubted
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    But I would just raise some cautionary thoughts. The BBC has always had its critics. I doubt if there has been a single moment in its long existence when there has not been a lengthy queue of experts pressing for change to this or that aspect of its ...

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