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Tuesday, 23 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...

  • Ben Chu: Darling giveth - and taketh away
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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  • Leading article: This deafening political silence on cuts must end
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    The size of this structural deficit is subject to some uncertainty, but many independent estimates put it at around £80bn, or 6.5 per cent of 2009 GDP. Economies will be needed to fill the gap over the coming years. Hiking taxes considerably would be...

  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: Does Cameron take the public for fools?
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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  • Cloth of gold: The glittering return of the Turin Shroud
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    This spring the millions of visitors shuffling up the aisle of Turin cathedral will gaze on what is purportedly the burial cloth of Jesus through a secure, climate-controlled case. But it wasn't always so carefully protected. Hauled to and fro across...

  • Letters: The Catholic Church
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    For the sin of abusing a child the Bible teaches that it would be better for the perpetrator that they be drowned. The penance of facing an ordinary criminal court in a country which no longer has the death penalty seems quite mild. For the sin of be...

  • Jaci Stephen: Eternal sunshine in LA - or family and friends in Cardiff? I'm still torn
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Sunrise and sunset over LA, beside the pool of my Beverly Hills apartment's huge rooftop terrace. The staff at my favourite local restaurant, Il Pastaio, and most-loved hotel, the Beverly Wilshire. The almost endless sunshine. Martinique tea at the A...

  • Leading article: Mr Miliband shows his displeasure
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    This is surely explained in part by the extraordinary revelation that gave rise to Britain's initial protest: the discovery by police in the United Arab Emirates that 12 members of a team believed responsible for the assassination of a Hamas leader u...

  • Kim Sengupta: Israelis have been expelled before – and will be again
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Britain has effectively accused the Israelis of carrying out the assassination of the Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, despite the Foreign Office's protestations to the contrary. And in future, this could have legal repercussions for Isr...

  • David Hockney: Love of life is what really matters
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    These proposals are absolutely outrageous. I don't believe a word they say about passive smoking. I have smoked for 52 years and I'm still here working away very ambitiously. The now far-too-passive English people will take this without a murmur. I h...

  • Mustafa Sarigül: Liberal democracy can ensure that Turkey's best days lie ahead
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Turkey's Change Movement, or TDH, was founded to address this need, this necessity. Our movement is not just about saving Turkey from the other guys. It's about creating a totally different Turkey. We want to ensure a change movement built on a lasti...

  • Carola Long: Don't keep up with the Joneses. Beat them
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    The survey, led by Dr Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology, compared an individual's happiness with others of the same gender, age and standard of education, or from the same area. Boyce found that more money only makes...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Smoke signals too far
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    But instead of seeking to consolidate the undoubted gains from a ban that, contrary to some expectations, has been well observed, the Royal College of Physicians now wants a ban on smoking in private cars and parks. Even if there are still gains to b...

  • Lan Lan: Surfing on a sea of Chinese prohibitions
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Then I tried the Chinese leadership. First of all, "Hu Jintao," the president. Again, the message came up: "The webpage cannot be opened". Then I tried the premier, "Wen Jiabao". This time the message said: "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpa...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Public opinion backs greater restrictions
    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Intriguingly much of the increased support has come from smokers themselves. The ban has also had an effect on smoking in people's homes – the proportion saying smoking was not allowed in their homes rose from 61 per cent to 78 per cent from 2006-9. ...

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