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  • Leading article: High-speed rail is the right investment for Britain's future
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    And into this funereal atmosphere comes bounding the Tiggerish Transport Secretary, Andrew Adonis, to propose a £30bn investment in a new high-speed rail line between London and the great cities of the north. Even more astonishingly, the Conservative...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The NHS and 'invisible' carers
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    The NHS has spent most of the cash we were promised in offsetting its deficits and in promoting itself rather than giving us a break from caring. Although government says that it is up to the local NHS to decide how to prioritise its budgets, we care...

  • Liz Hoggard: I had to wait for a mortgage, and so can you
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Dubbed the "entitled to it all" generation, today's young workers, apparently believe they deserve jobs with big salaries, status and plenty of leisure time – without having to put in the hours. According to the study, published in the Journal of Man...

  • Leading article: Burma's sham elections
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    In other words out goes any chance of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi – still under house arrest – or any member of the democracy parties now languishing in prison on political charges or any monk, whether they have been involved in past de...

  • David Stubbs: Prog rockers strike a blow for all musical artists
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Pink Floyd, are, after all, of that first generation of rock musicians who regarded themselves not as jukebox fillers but producing something "progressive", mature and thematic, classical even in scope. In the Seventies, there was a divide between th...

  • James Moore: The politicians' solution: sit back and hope
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Now, as pension schemes go, BT's is a very big one. In fact, it's the largest private-sector final-salary pension scheme in Britain, but it is at least closed to new staff (and has been for several years). So, as long as BT can agree a deal to plug t...

  • Mark Talbot: Bloody, yes, but freedom flourished in the Dark Ages
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    The 11th Century saw far more of the population responsible for their own personal survival than modern Britain. If I wanted my family to eat I would generally need to grow crops but I would also know how to start a fire, what time of year to sow see...

  • Neil Kinnock: Let's concentrate on the pursuit of small utopias, not big ones
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Grand political designs, it is argued, rarely come to fruition, and, when they do, they usually bring tyranny and tragedy in their wake. But that profoundly pessimistic and conservative perspective of the past does not do justice to the breadth of th...

  • Susie Rushton: London's retail roads to ruin
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Portobello Road, London's fifth most-visited tourist attraction, has this year suffered the replacement of one of its basement antiques markets with a colossal branch of All Saints. Property prices and rates are up, pushing out the silver dealers and...

  • Suzanne Franks: You can't take the politics out of humanitarian aid
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Ethiopia in 1984-5 was a perfect example of two widely differing stories. The famous media images were of starving "drought victims" and the repeated explanation for the so-called emergency was lack of rainfall. Internal UK Foreign Office papers refe...

  • 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: Norse play
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    The 11th century Saxon ruler, Ethelred the Unready, was not, it seems, as unready as we have all been led to believe. It is believed that the king ordered all the Viking soldiers in the south-west of England to be rounded up and executed. And the rev...

  • Lord Ramsbotham: Issue is no less than whether we are a civilised country
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    In 2006 I was asked to join the Independent Asylum Commission, which was inquiring into national policies on asylum. One of the key findings was the need to restore public confidence that asylum policies were in keeping with British values on sanctua...

  • Michael Savage: A vote-winner and a headache
    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Labour MPs representing constituencies in London that will be hit by the project began voicing concerns yesterday. Frank Dobson, the former Health Secretary who represents the north London seat of King's Cross, said the inevitable expansion of Euston...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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