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Thursday, 18 March 2010

  • Leading article: Barack Obama should keep the pressure on Israel
    Friday, 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 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 ...

  • Letters: University fees
    Friday, 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 forces
    Friday, 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...

  • Sean O'Grady: Just the beginning of the car's evolution
    Friday, 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...

  • Sami Abdel-Shafi: A game-changing visit in disguise
    Friday, 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...

  • Julian Astle: The Lib Dems must be part of the solution, not part of the problem
    Friday, 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 recession
    Friday, 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...

  • Sergei Tudela: A shameful, greedy decision – but the fight is not over yet
    Friday, 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....

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Hide and seek
    Friday, 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 mark
    Friday, 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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