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Monday, 22 March 2010

  • Leading article: An even tougher battle now awaits the Democrats
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    The bill is of vast symbolic importance for a country which had been trying to enshrine the principle of universal healthcare coverage in law for almost half a century. But this symbolic magnitude is more than matched by the substance of the bill, wh...

  • Leading article: A landmark for Ireland, if not yet for Catholicism
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    There will be those, understandably, for whom the Pope's apology is nowhere near enough. While his contrition was heartfelt and far-reaching, he offered no specific apology for the elaborate ways in which the Church had sought to cast a veil of silen...

  • Leading article: The moratorium on whaling must stay
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    Of course the Commission plans – being hatched by committees meeting behind closed doors reading for the next meeting in Morocco in June – are not being presented as a step back in the protection of arguably the world's most majestic mammals. Perish ...

  • Antony Barnett: Little has changed since the scandals of the Nineties
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    Many had been advising the future Labour ministers while they were in opposition and had helped the party get elected. I had been told that some of these so-called public affairs professionals were trading their contacts and privileged access with th...

  • Amol Rajan: The immediate choice facing American conservatives
    Monday, 22 March 2010

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  • Leading article: Ex-ministers for hire
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    The closeness of the election, of course, makes the accusations against three former ministers particularly damaging, even though they deny any wrongdoing. With the MPs' expenses scandal and the Lords "cash for questions" affair lurking in the backgr...

  • Colm O'Gorman: Papal letter was a disgraceful deceit
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    But the letter failed to do any of that. There was no acceptance of responsibility for the now-established cover up, no plan to ensure that children will be properly protected around the global church, and no assurance that those who rape and abuse w...

  • Nicholas Jones: The way to control the banks is through their accounts
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    This awkward truth seems particularly to have shocked Opposition politicians. Yet we can expect the Chancellor to make no mention about reforming the accounting industry. It rather begs a question: don't politicians know this sort of thing goes on in...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A health debate outsiders find hard to understand
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    In truth, many Americans have long supported reform in principle. Polls have shown a majority back extending insurance cover. But when they are presented with the bill for doing so – increased taxes, curbs on benefits – attitudes harden. It was fears...

  • Ben Chu: Kamm's massacre of straw men
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

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  • Letters: Soldiers' votes
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    Today's much improved communications enable service personnel in even the most remote locations to let their proxies know their views on politics, in total confidentiality. I find it hard to understand why there is "little enthusiasm" among service p...

  • Leading article: New dimension
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    Every cinema-goer would one day sit in the dark wearing silly glasses watching objects appear to fly out of the screen. But now, as we report, some are beginning to complain of headache and dull colours. And the old cry that 3D is simply a gimmick to...

  • James Dacre: American words, British production
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    On Sunday that play – The Mountaintop – won Best New Play at the Olivier Awards for its world premiere in London. It was developed and produced under exactly the same circumstances – and with exactly the same spirit – as our first project together. G...

  • Michael McCarthy: Down by the river with winged wonders
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    They spend most of their lives as wingless larvae in rivers, then emerge at the surface for a life of flight and egg-laying as ephemeral as the name of their order suggests. Trout adore them, and so do trout fishermen, who imitate them with hair and ...

  • Steve Easterbrook: Young people know the value of work experience in a recession
    Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    We give thousands of young people their first job every year. But for many of their friends getting that first taste of work is harder than ever. The Level 2 BTEC we offer recognises a wide range of work skills gained over 80 hours – a significant am...

  • Letters: NHS summary care records
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    I am an ageing patient who is currently treated by two hospitals, neither of which knows what tests and treatments the other one has given me. I find this dangerous. Moreover, when I meet a new doctor in a new surgery, I find I can no longer remember...

  • Leading article: No first lady, she
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    How did we get to the point where an attractive, adoring and professionally accomplished wife was a necessary accoutrement of the successful leader? Ms Gonzalez Durantez may indeed be all three, but we should have no truck with the trend towards "fir...

  • Alex Salmond: They can cut Scotland out of the debates but not the argument
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    And the capitulation of the broadcasters in that stitch-up is a democratic outrage. They have even told us our nation is irrelevant to the outcome. But they have forgotten the most important thing. Elections aren't just won in the TV studios. It isn'...

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