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Thursday, 25 March 2010

  • Leading article: The time has come for an overhaul of our terror laws
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights points out in its latest report that the Government evoked the public emergency clause of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2001 to derogate from the convention and detain terror suspects wit...

  • Victims accuse Pope of keeping abuser's secret
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    Lawyers acting on behalf of victims in the United States released a series of letters yesterday from two Wisconsin bishops asking the Vatican for permission to press ahead with a church trial against Reverend Lawrence Murphy. Many of the letters deta...

  • Letters: The Budget and contempt
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    Instead, he chose to tell us, "Don't worry, the good times will soon be back". The British people know the scale of the problem, and we would prefer to be told the truth instead of a politician's fairy stories. Now aged 68, I have lived under four ex...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Built-in flimsiness not the greatest idea
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    In the past five years, there is little which hasn't "popped up" in London at some point, from designer clothing boutiques to restaurants, nightclubs, hairdressers and art galleries. Occasionally the results are impressive, bringing slick outfits int...

  • Leading article: A sententious plea from the arts
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    The arts have undoubtedly flourished, as anyone who goes to the theatre or galleries knows. But most of this increase in funding has come not from central state coffers but the lottery, while little of the artistic flowering has been the result of di...

  • Mark Donne: Young voters are much more discerning than you think
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    On the surface, this demographic of, roughly speaking, 18-25s might seem a lost cause. Generational affiliations to Labour or the Tories have faded as quickly as the values traditionally associated with either party, and research by the Hansard Socie...

  • Jessica Duchen: Don't worry, Hitler preferred Lehar
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    There's a lot to deal with in his operas, which present a Gesamtkunstwerk, a "complete artwork" blending music, text, drama, design, incestuous twins, swimming Rhinemaidens, etc. First, there's the sheer scale of it all. Attend Tristan und Isolde and...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: In praise of the master
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    "I know some say he is the stupid person's idea of what an intelligent person looks like. And his work will forever, it is true, be stained by his colossal self-importance and fathomless smugness. For some that stain ruins the whole work; for others ...

  • Barbara Frost: It's high time we ended this stubborn water and sanitation crisis
    Friday, 26 March 2010

    Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five in the developing world and kills more children than Aids, TB and malaria combined. Without improved sanitation children will not get to school. This is a daily disaster that can be solved...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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