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  • 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: Social care needs a rational and fair system of funding
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Yesterday's White Paper is welcome for one reason and one reason alone: it puts the argument about social care squarely on to the electoral agenda. While proposing a National Care Service that, like the NHS, would be free at the point of need, howeve...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Equally damagingly, it leads to a futile and sterile dialogue in which those who oppose a ban, on the basis of 40 years' evidence that prohibition does not work, are characterised as being "soft on drugs", while the prohibitionists claim the moral hi...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Although my sexual desire has increased, so has my desire for watching TV'
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    After deciding not to take the multiple amounts of medication given to me by doctors for my bad back, I spoke to an osteopath, who put the problem down to the immense bag-carrying I have been doing on my transatlantic travels – usually two cases that...

  • Leading article: Climate change fightback, part 1
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The first of these inquiries, by the House of Commons all-party Science and Technology Committee, has now reported and it states that the reputation of Professor Jones and the three full-time scientists who make up his unit remains intact. He did not...

  • Michelle Mitchell: Whoever wins election, care must come first
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Almost everyone can agree with the principle of a new national system that guarantees more flexible support, earlier help, and an end to the postcode lottery. And as long as it is fair and affordable, offering free support to everyone who needs it, w...

  • Professor Andrew Watterson: If retailers do not take action, Government must intervene
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The plastics industry has periodically demonstrated, by its past public health failures, why we need both prevention and precaution. This was the case with its handling of worker exposure to vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) gas in PVC manufacture into th...

  • Robert Verkaik: These royal revelations are merely the tip of the iceberg
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Now Labour ministers, aided and abetted by Buckingham Palace, risk a similar debacle by denying the public access to sensitive and embarrassing documents relating to the funding of the Queen's occupied palaces. Today's disclosure of more than 100 let...

  • Sir Robert Worcester: No serious observer can claim the special relationship is finished
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    In his first formal speech, the new American Ambassador Louis Susman, speaking to the Pilgrims Society last November, observed how strong our two nations' ties are. He pointed out the basis of the special relationship, a term coined by Winston Church...

  • Amy Jenkins: The fantasy that is violent women
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The film is based on a comic book by the Scottish writer Mark Millar and is directed by Matthew Vaughn who came out of the Lock, Stock stable of British film-making. It's written by Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman – who should be famous for her ...

  • Marcus Tanner: Bosnian Muslims will not forget their suffering
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    On 28 November 1992, I got into Srebrenica, eight months into the siege, with the first UN aid convoy. We drove past a gauntlet of Serbian women, screaming abuse, spitting and shouting "No food for Muslims!" The relief felt in the town was enormous. ...

  • Shaun Walker: 'I know nothing of Chechnya, except they're dangerous people'
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    At both stations where the blasts occurred, impromptu memorial stands were set up. Mourners piled up roses and carnations in the central hall between platforms; some also left Orthodox Christian icons, and lit candles. A makeshift red notice had been...

  • Sarah Birch: Politicians' reputations are so low it doesn't matter what they do
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Participants in an online study were asked questions about standards in public life, both in April, before The Daily Telegraph began publishing details of MPs' expenses, and again in September. What is most interesting is not the change that occurred...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Things can only get better
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    But the old pro still has the capacity to attract attention. "How did he get that tan and the blond hair. Did he spray on both at the same time?" And "how does he keep in such good shape?" France has its Carla Bruni and the US its Michelle Obama. But...

  • Our correspondent: Courage in the face of ruthless abuses
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    X and his family, for example – I'll call him Myint Swe, lifting a name at random from the New Light of Myanmar. Furtive pathways led me to his home in northern Rangoon, a shack close to a rubbish dump. A little beaming bird of a man, he recounted pr...

  • 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...

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