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Friday, 26 March 2010

  • Leading article: Europe's leaders need to rise to this challenge
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    The heads of eurozone nations this week unveiled their latest plan to aid Greece: a pledge to lend Athens €22bn (two-thirds from eurozone governments and a third from the International Monetary Fund) if it cannot roll over its debts on the open marke...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Debt and financial jackals
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    One major advantage of the single currency was that it eliminated the power of speculators to play the markets between national currencies by, for example, picking off the peseta, leaning on the lira or dumping the drachma. That spectre has now re-em...

  • Leading article: Heathrow's clipped wings
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    The Government's line is that a third runway is vital to the national economy, allowing Britain to compete as Europe's main international hub with Amsterdam's Schiphol, which has five runways, and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, which has four. It insist...

  • Simon Calder: Eight years on, ministers still choose to do nothing
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    Guess what has happened since then: nothing. Indeed, with the exception of a short strip at London City, there has been no increase in runway capacity for more than half a century, when Gatwick's present facilities opened. Despite the protestations o...

  • E Jane Dickson: There's no point in teachers blaming the parents
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    In particular, she speculated, "It is often the well-off middle classes that buy off their children through the computer and TV. That then isolates them within the home, and then they're surprised when their child isn't coming to school ready to lear...

  • Michael McCarthy: How could Catholics do such a thing?
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    They are distressing to Catholics themselves, certainly to practising and sincere Catholics, for they concern the spirituality which is at Catholicism's heart, and its betrayal – once entirely unthinkable, but now quite clearly widespread. To underst...

  • Amy Jenkins: Don't be fooled by all this fiction. What's so great about family life?
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    Add to that the appetite for political WAGs – and the possibility gets mooted that Samantha and her pregnancy could swing a number of votes. But why are we so sentimental about the idea of family life? No one sane is actually getting married any more...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Burning rubber
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    The local constabulary are reported to have come across the former Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton, performing "fishtails" and "burnouts" in a quiet local street. The British driver's Mercedes was impounded and he is facing a fine. The que...

  • John Sauven: Labour should accept the inevitable: the plan is dead
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    When Geoff Hoon gave the green light for the runway last year, an unnamed cabinet minister told the press: "The problem with the third runway is that our policy is going in one direction while the politics are going in the opposite direction." Well, ...

  • The truth is out there: 27/03/2010
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    The Winnemem Wintu tribe of northern California relayed the apology to the fish on the banks of the Rakaia River through a ceremonial dance that tribal leaders told The New York Times has not been performed in more than 60 years. They said the practi...

  • Nigel Hawkes: How crime stats cast police as Hercule Poirots
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    Yet every year police forces across the country publish statistics for crime as a whole that claim a much higher detection rate. It ranges from around 25 per cent to more than 40 per cent. When these documents drop through letterboxes, belief in crim...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Sometimes I punch myself in the stomach while humming, but only if I’m wearing a statement belt'
    Saturday, 27 March 2010

    Also, you do not need the latest, expensive gadgety what-nots, like iPods or any other MP3 player. I simply hum to myself instead and it works brilliantly, particularly when I put myself on shuffle, which means I never know what I'm going to be hummi...

  • 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...

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