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Monday, 29 March 2010

  • Leading article: Mr Osborne has given the voters something to chew on
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    This is no happy place for an opposition whose strategy until now was predicated on little more than pointing out the evil ways of Gordon Brown's government. Instead, David Cameron's team is the one sweating under the spotlight and feeling pinned dow...

  • Shaun Walker: Was the motive for Moscow attacks revenge?
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    Few doubt that the atrocities are the work of groups operating in Chechnya and the other republics of the North Caucasus. The apparent use of female suicide bombers, the "Black Widows" employed in many previous attacks by Chechen rebels, also suggest...

  • Leading article: Natural disasters demand a radical new response
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    A gloomy thought, but one best tackled head on if the consequences are not to be gloomier still, which is why we should welcome the initiative launched today by the International Development minister, Gareth Thomas, on changing the way we respond to ...

  • Leading article: Precaution and prohibition
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    Politicians are programmed to follow the precautionary principle – as we don't know how dangerous mephedrone is, let's ban it until it can be shown to be safe. Scientists demand evidence of harm first, before moving to prohibition, because of the dan...

  • Miracle under scrutiny in John Paul beatification
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    The inexplicable cure of a young French nun from Parkinson's disease had initially seemed like the perfect case for a miracle as the Vatican fast-tracked John Paul's beatification. The nun, who suffered from the same disease that ravaged John Paul fo...

  • Leading article: The Pope at bay
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    But not this year, perhaps, with Easter overshadowed by fresh damaging revelations about the abuse of children entrusted to clerical care. This year, the likelihood is that many cradle Catholics will just stay away, and never return. As concern with ...

  • Charles Leadbeater: This is one utopian vision that need not be so far from reality
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Crises of the kind that occurred with the depression of the 1930s and stagflation in the 1970s retrospectively came to be seen as periods when capitalism was reorganised. Those crises were marked by a prolonged sense of impasse before new ideas broke...

  • Letters: Digital 3D
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    Attempts to draw parallels between this and previous incarnations of 3D cinema are misplaced. First, the advent of digital technology means that matching the right and left eye images, necessary for a full stereoscopic image, is now as near perfect a...

  • Leading article: Hup, two, three, four
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    That's unlikely, according to the latest research, revealing that this noble beast moves as a Land Rover not a Mercedes-Benz. Most four-legged animals, your see, accelerate using their back legs and halt using their forelegs – as everybody who has a ...

  • Michael Savage: With one House put in order, the Lords could well be next
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    Rumours immediately surfaced that Sir Ian, the new chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) felt no need to endorse the radical reforms devised by Sir Christopher Kelly, Westminster's standards watchdog. Not only did he doubt...

  • Colin Blakemore: In a mess over mephedrone
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is charged with making "recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs". This is a heavyweight committee, whose authoritative advice ought to provide the governm...

  • Clifford Coonan: Graft in China... a way of life?
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    An Australian mining-equipment manufacturer discovered his company's equipment was being copied – exactly – by a neighbouring factory, to the point where he was approached by the boss of the factory looking for the exact mix of paint. But this rival ...

  • Philip Ridley: I grew up with racism, but now it's an even scarier threat
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    I hated his opinions, of course. But I liked him. Would I be friends with someone like that now? Of course not. But I was young and my journey with him was one of those teenage crash courses – perhaps even a "crush" course – in just how complex life ...

  • Letters: Stanley no monster
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Why shouldn't the Congolese restore the statue of a man who defined the borders of their country, and built the first trading station where Kinshasa now stands? You say Stanley stole the Congo for King Leopold II of Belgium by "convincing 450 chiefs ...

  • Leading article: The hunt for MPs
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Unfortunately for the hunt supporters, their apparent keenness to campaign for the Tories is unlikely to do the latter many favours. Some Tory candidates are openly wondering whether summoning the "Cotswold cavalry" and their equivalents will bring t...

  • Victoria Summerley: A real taste of the exotic for spring
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Spare a thought for garden writer Martyn Cox, whose east London garden is lovingly detailed in his new book, Big Gardens in Small Spaces (Timber Press, £18.99). Packed with ideas for urban plots, the garden opens under the National Gardens Scheme on...

  • Nicholas Lezard: It's all the fault of the apple juice
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    But the measure that seems to have resonated most deeply among the electorate this year is the extra tax on cider. The reaction has been hostile, with barbed jokes about the Magner Carta and so on. Magners, m'lud, is a popular bottled cider whose suc...

  • Nick Young: In Haiti, rain deluges people's tents, and their needs are still vast
    Tuesday, 30 March 2010

    Haiti represents one of the fastest aid distribution operations ever undertaken. This week, shelter distributions led by the Red Cross will reach their millionth person. Tarpaulins, tents and plastic sheeting have been put into the hands and over the...

  • Ivan Lewis: Burma needs a general election, not an election of Generals
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    There will soon be an election in Burma. But recently announced election laws mean there is no prospect of it being free, fair or inclusive. Aung San Suu Kyi's party are forced to either expel her, or accept that they will be disbanded. Prospective v...

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