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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

  • Debategraph: Nuclear politics - where next?
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Demand for civil nuclear power has intensified in response to climate change concerns and promising new civil nuclear technologies are starting to emerge. But substantive progress on nuclear disarmament has stalled since the end of the Cold War, th...

  • Leading article: Mr Darling announces the election ahead of time
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    He played a weak hand well, making the most of the good news and diverting the bad. He boasted gently of tax receipts that were better than expected and borrowing running (a little) below forecasts, insisting that, in coping with the – "global" – fin...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Morality and politics
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    The ghastly scandal of MPs' lobbying is a direct reflection of the culture of avarice and envy. MPs are by no means alone in being seduced by it; it was almost inevitable that they would be among the first to fall, given their need to rub shoulders w...

  • Leading article: Facing down the Chinese dragon
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Foreign observers were barred from significant parts of the trial, despite strong representations from the Australian government. Few details of the allegations have been released. And there is a belief in some quarters that this is all revenge for R...

  • Michael Brown: Darling is disastrous but his argument is plausible – the Tories must up their game
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    I have never doubted – until now – my long-held prediction that Mr Cameron will ultimately win an overall majority of around 30 seats on 6 May. At the beginning of this week, in the aftermath of the Byers/Hoon/Hewitt scandal, I was convinced that a g...

  • Tony Juniper: Not bold enough, not green enough, just not enough
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    The Chancellor could have acted unilaterally to introduce a Tobin-style tax on international currency transactions, instead of hiding behind the countries which don't want to do it. Reckless bankers have taken so much out of our economy and it is the...

  • Sean O'Grady: It was a Budget for the many, but even they won't prosper
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    How will we feel the squeeze? First, through sluggish wage growth. Factoring in inflation, wages have been falling behind prices for many months, restrained by fear of unemployment. The effect is most dramatic in the private sector, where pay freezes...

  • Julian Knight: Cider drinkers, smokers and wealthy take biggest hit
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Wealthier people are now probably getting familiar with their role as Aunt Sally in the Budget jamboree. Not only do they face a welter of tax rises imposed in the pre-Budget report, all of which were re-confirmed in the Budget – including a new 50 p...

  • Sean O'Grady: Mr Darling got away with it but the pain has been postponed – again
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    On the day the Fitch agency downgraded Portugal's credit ratings, Mr Darling was not only spared a similar humiliation, but the gilts market – which is key to funding the Government's massive programme of borrowing – retained its composure, with only...

  • Nicholas Lezard: The country is turning into a Gestapo khazi
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    There is a "Derek and Clive" sketch when Peter Cook, telling how he has been pulled over by the police for running someone over while being incredibly drunk, describes the country as turning into "a Gestapo khazi". It's a very funny line, precisely b...

  • Chris Stringer: The tip of the iceberg in understanding of human history
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    We already have a wide collection of human fossils in Asia, yet we have little idea of how they are related to one another, or to fossils from other parts of the world. This is the first real line of evidence we can use to try to relate some of these...

  • Katy Guest: We British have forgotten how to strike
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Consider the dispute between GMB union members and the allegedly "bullying" bosses at British Gas, for instance. It sounds like more of a sulk than a strike. The union has voted for action, while the director of heating services is sticking his finge...

  • Tony Blair: Israel came into being striving for equality and freedom for all
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    The population of the Arab world is set to double in the next decades. But what sort of future will it be? The far-sighted among them know that it should be a future not of narrow minds, religious bigotry and hostility to others, but one in which acr...

  • Liz Hoggard: Never get engaged to a prince after three days
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    I hesitate to mention it but on screen she did that slutty-pure thing brilliantly. Think of her, half-cut in High Society, juggling three men. Or ignoring Cary Grant all night in To Catch a Thief; then the minute her snooty mother disappears, snoggin...

  • Jonathan Brown: Daffodils might be in short supply. But my children are everywhere
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Here in Yorkshire, where some parts of the county have been covered in forgetful snow for the best part of three months, the slow reawakening of the life-force should be a time for joy. For every child that likes to play in the snow I reckon there ar...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Guy Adams: I wouldn't bet on this idea taking off
    Thursday, 25 March 2010

    Soon we'll be able to cash in on this parlour game. The Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald is launching a Futures market in the revenues of major movies. From next month, you or I will therefore be able to speculate, with real money, on whether studi...

  • 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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