Thursday, 18 March 2010
Leading article: Barack Obama should keep the pressure on IsraelFriday, 19 March 2010
Yet the timing was indeed bad. It came less than 48 hours after Mr Obama's envoy George Mitchell had finally been able to announce that indirect negotiations would go ahead – negotiations which an infuriated Palstinian leadership said it would not pa...
Leading article: Higher education, too, must adapt to more austere timesThursday, 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 ...
Letters: University feesFriday, 19 March 2010
So the army of "gently channelled" graduates would then be "better tailored to the country's future requirements"; that is science and technology. This will diminish the essential universality of the university, boiling down its broad scope to traini...
Leading article: The virtues of our armed forcesFriday, 19 March 2010
It is easy to lose sight, amid all this sound and fury, of the men and women who actually serve in our armed forces, and just how remarkable some of them are. Two army bomb disposal experts were awarded the George Cross yesterday, one of them posthum...
Sergei Tudela: A shameful, greedy decision – but the fight is not over yetFriday, 19 March 2010
A ban on the trade of bluefin tuna would have given this critically endangered fish a chance to recover. Instead, member governments of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) rejected the proposal....
Sami Abdel-Shafi: A game-changing visit in disguiseFriday, 19 March 2010
But timed on the eve of a meeting of the international quartet, her visit represents something far greater: it sets a precedent which the rest of the world must surely follow. The US's great disappointment at Israel's intransigence over West Bank set...
Sean O'Grady: Just the beginning of the car's evolutionFriday, 19 March 2010
As the Leaf shows, the electric vehicle has come a long way form the milk float; it joins the existing petrol-electric hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius in adding to the choice offered to the driver. There are others too, albeit less successful or fu...
Julian Astle: The Lib Dems must be part of the solution, not part of the problemFriday, 19 March 2010
There are, in truth, only three policy areas where significant agreement could be reached: localism, education and civil liberties. On tax, the environment, criminal justice, Europe and constitutional and political reform, the parties are simply not ...
Hamant Verma: The British Indian approach to business can help us escape recessionFriday, 19 March 2010
It is hard for mainstream high streets to draw lessons from the British Indian approach to business, not least because of the idiosyncrasies of south Asian culture. But an analysis should provide them with food for thought. Most British Indian shopke...
Letters: Cameron's imageThursday, 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 principleThursday, 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...
Rhiannon Harries: Not to put too fine a gloss on itThursday, 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...
Lisa Markwell: Dark heart of the green shopperThursday, 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 USThursday, 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 todayThursday, 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...
Andy McSmith: The reality of Unite could not be further from Tory mythsThursday, 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...
Archie Bland: However nice you are, you might push the button tooThursday, 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...
Leading article: Hide and seekFriday, 19 March 2010
Or to be more precise, a specimen has been tracked down by Mark Jannink, an amateur botanist from Malvern who identified 10 possible sites in which the flower might grow in the Welsh borders and visited them regularly until he finally found what he w...
Susie Rushton: Fencing for all hits the markFriday, 19 March 2010
As a creaky-jointed, dull-witted, ungainly fencer who only took up the sport at the age of 28 I'm not in any danger of bringing home Olympic medals for my country. I joined a new London club in January, one that uses a beautiful wood-panelled fencing...
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...
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