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Friday, 19 March 2010

  • 'I was a victim of abuse. This is what the Pope must do to stop it'
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    And so it is difficult not to be cynical about the likely merit of the pastoral letter that Pope Benedict XVI will publish today. For a start the letter is intended for the "Irish faithful". The Pope will write not to those who have left or fled his ...

  • Leading article: Healthcare reform enters its endgame
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    Mr Obama's decision to postpone a planned visit to Indonesia and Australia, so as to oversee a new stratagem for passing the necessary legislation, is the latest proof of his commitment to this cause. But his readiness to risk a certain amount of dip...

  • Mary Wakefield: A testosterone-filled brain cannot cope with an Oscar-winning wife
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    But what we're dealing with here is irreversible biology. The more you look at studies done on male brains, usually rat brains (pleasantly apt), the more obvious it becomes that though evolution has equipped this awesome organ to triumph over many fe...

  • Dr Anthony Seldon: Education goes beyond exams
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    All three are sure they have the right answer. Balls wants to build on a long list of achievements over the past 13 years, including 40,000 more teachers, and offers a programme of increased spending on schools which the Tories are not willing to mat...

  • Leading article: The bright side of the banks
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    Both pieces of news will give the Chancellor cheer as he prepares next Wednesday's Budget. But while the borrowing data may enable Mr Darling to offer up some additional sweeteners for swing voters, it is the changing outlook for the banking sector t...

  • Charles Crawford: Bosnia will be the real loser in this messy legal battle
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    Now we face the startling possibility that charges laid by Serbia against Ejup Ganic and the events of the Dobrovoljacka Street killings in Sarajevo in 1992 will turn into another protracted, bitter Pinochet-esque legal drama. A magnificent opportuni...

  • Jerome Taylor: This will go down as the year the crisis shook the world
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    Years of damaging revelations – starting in Canada, Australia, Britain and America before moving on to Ireland – irreparably damaged the Church's standing among devotees and non-believers alike. So when Pope Benedict XVI hosted Ireland's bishops in R...

  • Larry Sabato: A moment of truth for the Democrats
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    The remarkable thing is that Mr Obama's healthcare reform has taken so long, drained so much energy from the majority party, and will pass (if it does) with almost no votes to spare. If the bill falls short, of course, Mr Obama will be forced to rebu...

  • E Jane Dickson: It's time we stopped playing the 'what if?' game
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    A shudder ran through France this week with the airing of Zone Extrême, a spoof reality TV show where contestants were urged by a baying crowd to administer potentially fatal electric shocks to their opponents. It was the latest variant on a social e...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Labour's tax policy
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    He complains of a rise in the top rate of income tax (which hasn't actually happened yet), but it is still lower than it was for most of Thatcher's time; the tax system as a whole remains regressive. Brown robs the poor to feed the rich by giving bil...

  • Leading article: Smell isn't everything
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    But the question for us on this side of the Channel is whether we need them all over here, or even a few dozen of them. For that is what a couple of brave Alsatian entrepreneurs seem to feel as they start up Britain's first cheese restaurant in Londo...

  • Deborah Ross: After 'Antiques Roadshow', does Fiona Bruce go off to play netball or to have dirty sex? Or both?
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    5. Gregg Wallace. Thanks to Mr Wallace, the big, shouty one from MasterChef, there is tension where there might otherwise be none, as in: "WE KNOW JANE CAN DO PRESENTATION, BUT CAN SHE DO BIG, BIG FLAVOURS?" Can she? Can she? It's so nerve-racking, I...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Never have I witnessed a vote so dramatic
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    The closest equivalent was Bill Clinton's 1993 deficit reduction package. Like healthcare it was opposed by every single Republican. This weekend the crucial vote will be in the House, but back then the drama unfolded in the Senate. Then, as now, Rep...

  • 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....

  • The truth is out there: 20/03/2010
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    * Octopuses have no personality, according to research published in the New Scientist. Using high definition television, scientists monitored the cephalopods' reactions to images of crabs and other octopuses. Surprisingly, an octopus that was bold, ...

  • Village People: 20/03/10
    Saturday, 20 March 2010

    The Blairites in the Labour Party have won a small battle but lost another. In Lancashire, they belatedly added a local councillor, Johnny Reynolds, to the list of potential runners in Stalybridge and Hyde, where the incumbent Blairite MP, James Purn...

  • 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...

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