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Saturday, 27 March 2010

  • Leading article: Our forces for good must bow out
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Our troops have been there for nine years now, on a mission that was justified, but the aims of which have become confused and open-ended. In those nine years, international forces have failed to fulfil the unrealistic promises to build up Afghan cap...

  • 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...

  • Pope condemns critics over abuse scandal 'gossip'
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Speaking at a Palm Sunday service in Rome in front of tens of thousands of worshippers, the 82-year-old pontiff made no official mention of global clerical sex abuse scandals that have thrown the church into its worst crisis in recent decades. But he...

  • Nurse to go to tribunal in row over cross
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Shirley Chaplin, 54, claims the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital was trying to prevent her from expressing religious beliefs. In response to the controversy last September, the trust said the policy was nothing to do with the crucifix specif...

  • Bishops claim bias against Christians
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    The six bishops and Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said the "apparent discrimination" against churchgoers was "unacceptable in a civilised society". In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, the bishops point to the case of Shirley Chapl...

  • DJ Taylor: Preserve us from well-meaning celebs and skateboarding PMs
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    According to the report's authors, Professor John Street, Dr Sanna Inthorn and Martin Scott, political parties will "no doubt" seek the endorsement of celebrities and appear on popular entertainment shows to "engage young people in the political proc...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Iraq – violent, divided, but hopeful
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Mr Allawi had been expected to do well but the extent of his success is still surprising. His al-Iraqiya coalition won 91 seats in the 325-seat parliament, against 89 seats for the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law bloc. As interim prime ...

  • Rose Prince: And what first drew you to the turkey millions, Mr White?
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Not like a Bernard Matthews turkey, eh? For this is the poultry that White will now promote. Matthews has faced more than one allegation of cruelty to the birds on his farm. But aside from the animal welfare concerns, pappy, industrially reared turke...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (28 March 2010)
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    If more of us lived near to our workplaces, we would have more leisure time and all get fitter by walking or cycling to work. Employers would benefit, because people could get to work even when there were transport strikes or heavy snow. Everyone wou...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'The trend for 'medical tourism' in the bud should be nipped in the bud'
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Of course, the kindly cosmetic-surgery industry has lots of lovely solutions – payment plans to spread the cost, for instance, or travel packages that allow you to jet off to Eastern Europe or South Africa. You soak up some sun before hitting the ope...

  • Katy Guest: Cold, rainy, grey skies... it must be spring
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    And how do I know this? I know because I have taken my socks off, and I shan't be putting them on again until November, regardless of what the weather may hold in the meantime. For me and my kind, it's Birkenstocks on until the snows come. The annual...

  • James Fergusson: A force divided by unreliable loyalties
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    The new ANP is supposed to enable the West to leave Afghanistan, yet on present form it may be delaying our departure. Earlier this month in Nangahar province, an argument over grazing rights erupted between two Pashtun tribes, the Ali Shir Khel 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (28/03/10)
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Why is Rosie Alison's debut novel, The Very Thought of You, up for the Orange Prize despite being ignored by almost all literary editors (the Telegraph quickly reviewed it after this was pointed out)? Those who believe in the internet's demo...

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