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  • Leading article: Mr Sarkozy places France at the centre of Europe
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    At their joint press conference at Downing Street yesterday, the contrast in manner was as sharp as ever, but a new air of understanding, almost bonhomie, seemed to have settled on what was once one of the less comfortable bilateral relationships in ...

  • 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: The prospect of a hung parliament
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    A hung parliament in which the Lib-Dems hold the balance of power could conceivably give the impetus to remove Brown as leader of the Labour Party and replace him with someone who understood strategy as well as tactics, it could give us proportional ...

  • Leading article: Lehman's dodgy figures
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    "Repo 105" was the term by which the bank managed to hide the true extent of Lehman Brothers' exposure as it careered towards insolvency. By enabling the company to place as much as $50bn liabilities off balance sheet, it flattered its figures and re...

  • Michael Savage: There is another love in Sarkozy's life
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Perhaps they had bonded over their shared adversity. Or maybe they had been cheered by the realisation that they had something else in common – a mutual distrust of David Cameron. The French leader came as close to endorsing Mr Brown's campaign for a...

  • Amy Jenkins: It takes more than a carrot and a stick to get the best from people
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Why? Well, it's "common sense", isn't it? Huge rewards must go to huge talent – or it will leave the country. These super-achievers may be the brightest of their generation but when it comes to remuneration, the received wisdom goes, they'll just lol...

  • E Jane Dickson: A death tax is a fair idea for this ageing population
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Health Secretary Andy Burnham refused to rule out a 10 per cent "death tax" to provide residential care for Britain's rapidly ageing population. Andrew Lansley, shadow Secretary of State for Health, whose party favours hiking the inheritance tax thre...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Politicians can't complain about privacy
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    But if there's one thing that could make it worse still it would be a match-up of the spouses. Sarah Brown has already been enlisted to describe her hubby in excruciating terms – "I know he's not a saint. He's messy. He's noisy," but still, "he wakes...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Country cooking
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Bankers' bonuses don't just pay for houses, they pay for the high-status equipment to go in them, and the status symbol to cap them all was the Aga. So desirable was this cast-iron stove deemed to be that it even made the unlikely transition from cou...

  • Deborah Ross: 'The big news from the catwalks is that sometimes bags are large and sometimes they are not so large'
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Anyway, what you most need to know is that denim is either in or out this season. I'm not sure which, but you can be absolutely sure it's one or the other. It may even be in and out on the same day; in before noon, say, and out for the afternoon – an...

  • Nigel Hawkes: And our survey says...nothing you can rely on
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    These "facts" – and let us not forget the disclosure that 48 per cent of women admit faking an orgasm, and 9 per cent do it all the time – were all published by British newspapers last week. They were all the result of surveys, the quickest way to a ...

  • The truth is out there: 13/03/2010
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    The bald, wrinkled creature was spotted by several walkers in Oklahoma before being captured in a back porch. It was taken to a wildlife animal rescue centre where experts quickly established that it was in fact a raccoon with a severe case of mange....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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