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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

  • Leading article: Industrial action will be a disaster for British Airways
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    Yet, despite the financial links, it is a something of a stretch for the Tories to suggest that Labour is in the pockets of the unions. For Labour, the votes of disgruntled holidaymakers far outweigh the need to maintain good relations with the union...

  • Rupert Cornwell: There's no sign that Obama will punish his ally
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    The words have flown fast and furious in Washington since Israel, by accident or design, delivered this blow to the "peace process" with the Palestinians that the US is working so hard to revive – at the very moment vice-President Joe Biden was visit...

  • Leading article: A hung parliament would not be a disaster for Britain
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    This is an indictment of Labour and the Conservatives. The public evidently does not relish the prospect of outright control for either of the two largest parties, even those who are prepared to vote for them. The finding is also an indictment of our...

  • David McKittrick: Questions remain about intelligence before and after this shocking attack
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    The initial shock and horror at the multiple murders gave way to other emotions which included sympathy but also a determination to bring those responsible to justice. The authorities vowed that this would be done, but as time went on most of the leg...

  • Leading article: A voice of sense in Nigeria
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    The much-vaunted resilience of Nigeria is a myth, Mr Soyinka says, and the country could now break apart. If that happened it would be a grave matter. Nigeria is the eighth largest exporter of oil in the world with the world's 10th largest oil reserv...

  • Letters: The Gurkhas
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    The fact is that many Gurkhas feel they have to resettle in the UK in order to get the financial and social support that they need in their old age, which is not available from the state in Nepal, and denied to them by the modesty of their MoD pensio...

  • Jaci Stephen: I have joined the long list of Hollywood celebrities on painkillers
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    In fact, until this week, I had never even touched a wheelchair, much less sat in one, and my admiration increased a thousand-fold for people who have to view the world from that level and constantly be subjected to the bullying of the mobile chaos a...

  • Leading article: Omagh: the missing pieces
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    The dissident republican policy of seeking to unite Ireland by body count was seen again just last month when they detonated a car bomb in the city of Newry. The fact that a second Omagh was averted was due to sheer good fortune and good police work....

  • Sean O'Grady: Where will the pain be felt? Nobody wants to say
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed that, assuming Labour keeps its promise to protect "frontline services", the pain in other departments will be intense – a massive £37.2bn a year in cuts by 2014. Where? Alistair Darling has a...

  • Arifa Akbar: Hooray for miserable writers
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    Such unexpurgated tales of woe as Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It", in which he recalled the abuse suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother, and Constance Briscoe's litany of domestic torture as a child, proved that real-life horror stories go...

  • Michael Gove: Deep red is the new black as Labour reverts to its old ways
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    First, the issues Labour speak about. Class warfare has not only been resurrected; it has been elevated to holy principle, used in every possible circumstance including, most famously, in vicious, aggressive and direct attacks from a Prime Minister w...

  • Liz Hoggard: They could've warned us of the split
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    It's a humbling moment when you discover you're not as close to a golden couple as you imagined. Presumably there are confidantes who knew the divorce, after seven years, would be announced by lawyers Schillings at 7pm sharp. That Kate would escape w...

  • Letters: NHS and privacy
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    The main reason for this massive scheme is, on its own admission, a scenario where a person with a condition critically contraindicating certain treatments is rendered unconscious away from his/her home area at a time when his/her GP practice is clos...

  • Leading article: Foot fault
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    Yet such is Beckham's capacity for resurrection and drama, who, even in this dark hour, would bet against him coming on in the dwindling minutes of the World Cup final to bend one of those fabled free kicks into the back of the opposition net? That's...

  • Fiona Sturges: Copy or not, Gorillaz's song is inferior to Eddy's
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    Gorillaz's song is a far more three-dimensional affair, one that takes in 70s disco, 80s synth-pop and 90s dance music, reconfiguring them for a new generation. In contrast to Grant's minimalist approach, "Stylo" has been give the bells and whistles,...

  • Steve Connor: A geek's recipe for disaster on the NHS
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    The idea is that whichever hospital or clinic a patient goes to, his or her details will be available at the click of a mouse. This will replace the time-consuming process of letters, emails, faxes, or telephone calls to GP surgeries, says the leafle...

  • Debatewise: Attitudes to globalisation
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    View Debatewise: Attitudes to globalisation in a larger map What does globalisation mean to you? That was the question posed to the global community of young activists on Debatewise's Global Youth Panel. Explore the thoughts and opinion...

  • Leading article: Unhappiness is...
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    But you can, as the chair of this year's Orange Prize judges, Daisy Goodwin, said with such feeling, have too much of a bad thing. She threatened to slit her wrists – figuratively, we presume – if she had to read another book about coming to terms wi...

  • Ann Furedi: Will this make teens use condoms? If only
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    Using condoms has no adverse health effects, unlike consuming chocolate – they will not make you fat or rot your teeth. And they are not shocking any more. The pregnancy charity which claims advertising them throughout the day is going to encourage y...

  • Pierre Perrone: A marketable mystique that the living can't match
    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    Death need not be an obstacle – indeed, it may actually help. Consider a few of the artists in this week's album chart: Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Matt Monro, and Gracie Fields, as well as Jackson himself. They all benefit from a marketa...

  • Poorva Joshipura: Only one type of fur is really humane. It's called 'faux fur'
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010

    Not a single federal humane-slaughter law protects animals on fur farms in the US, which is one of the countries included on the OA list. This means that after spending their lives in tiny wire cages where they often go insane from confinement, anima...

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