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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

  • Leading article: Higher education, too, must adapt to more austere times
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    Not that they had not been warned. With the NHS and schools assured that their budgets would be protected, higher education had been waiting for the axe to fall. But this does not make the experience any more tolerable. The universities have enjoyed ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Cameron's image
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    In Europe he has allied the Tories with extreme rightist parties from Poland, Latvia and elsewhere. His friends in the Latvian Fatherland and Freedom Party celebrate an anniversary of the Waffen SS (report, 17 March). Nearer home, Cameron is umbilica...

  • Leading article: The abuse of a valuable principle
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    And we reported last week that ministers are locking departments into commercial contracts for pet Labour projects that will be difficult and expensive to break, despite the rule that civil servants should not enact policies in the run-up to an elect...

  • Lisa Markwell: Dark heart of the green shopper
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    When offered a financial reward for taking part in the study on whether they shop at "green" online shops or "normal" ones, those who bought green also helped themselves to a disproportionately high sum. So much for virtue being its own reward. And t...

  • Nick Clegg: Our real loss of sovereignty is not to Europe but to the US
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    Look at the headlines. The former head of MI5 saying "startlingly" that she now feels that the American Secret Services were conducting interrogations of terror suspects in ways which are wholly unacceptable, contradictory to our principles and legal...

  • Richard Garner: The future of further education begins today
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    It will put pressure on the inquiry into student finance, headed by Lord Browne, to recommend a substantial increase in the present cap on tuition fees of £3,240 a year. This is unlikely to be a major financial threat to students from the poorest bac...

  • Archie Bland: However nice you are, you might push the button too
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    But however untrue it feels, psychologists know differently; indeed, they have done for years. There is nothing new about the quasi-experiment broadcast on French television. Instead, it is a new twist on one of the most famous studies in the history...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Not to put too fine a gloss on it
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    According to the Office of National Statistics, your beauty routine may well have included a slick of lip gloss, since the little tubes of sticky stuff this week made it into the theoretical shopping basket used to calculate the cost of living. Until...

  • Andy McSmith: The reality of Unite could not be further from Tory myths
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    Moments later, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg added his ha'penny worth by suggesting that Unite is to the Labour Party what Lord Ashcroft, the billionaire non-dom, is to the Conservative Party. Unite is Labour's biggest backer, having donated...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Please sir...
    Thursday, 18 March 2010

    The report also mentions that a batch of soup had "something acrid" added to it. There is talk of "kitchen cleaner". A porter has been arrested. How times change. A drop of kitchen cleaner would once have been regarded by hungry pupils as a tasty con...

  • 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...

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