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Thursday, 4 March 2010

  • Leading article: Iraq steps into a fragile and uncertain future
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    The degree to which the government can organise a peaceful vote will be a test in itself. Insurgents have pledged to disrupt the election and yesterday two polling stations in Baghdad were attacked by suicide bombers. But as for the actual result, th...

  • Leading article: The death of a great 20th century radical
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    So how can this remarkable transition from national rejection to national embrace be explained? The answer lies, partly, in the fact that Foot belonged to quite a different political era, one that was so comprehensively ended by the Thatcher revoluti...

  • Paul Vallely: He was a beacon for believers in reform. Now he is back in jail
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Jon Venables, along with his playmate Robert Thompson, was the youngest person charged with murder in the UK in the modern era. Their crime haunted the nation most particularly because their abduction of the toddler James Bulger on 13 February 1993 –...

  • Kenneth O Morgan: A uniquely lovable figure in public life, he symbolises a lost world
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    He was a central figure in post-war Old Labour's last phase, and was largely responsible for keeping the second Wilson and Callaghan governments in office. Less happily, he also became Labour's leader from 1980 to 1983, a veteran who inspired deep af...

  • John Kampfner: Gordon Brown too is shamed by Iraq
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Logic suggests the Prime Minister will fail in these endeavours. History suggests he deserves to. Indeed one can argue that Brown's role in Iraq was even more inglorious than Blair's. At least, one could argue, one knew where Blair stood on the princ...

  • Letters: Michael Foot's legacy
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    His failure to win the 1983 election no doubt had little to do with his policies, but more to do with people's perception of him as a bumbling, unkempt bohemian with unruly hair and a duffel coat, not a slick, besuited power-crazed robot, barking sou...

  • Leading article: Climate change is not a matter of faith
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Yet as the latest scientific research makes clear, the evidence is, if anything, stronger than it ever was about the role of humans in the observable increase in global temperatures seen over the past half-century. For scientists it is not a question...

  • Guy Aitchison: Real reform of the Lords means giving ownership back to the people
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Fast-forward a few weeks and the Tory leadership is frantically distancing itself from its deputy chairman and largest donor, Lord Ashcroft, following the billionaire businessman's admission that he is a "non-dom" who has been avoiding UK tax. Camero...

  • Colonel Stuart Tootal: Brown is responsible for underfunding of troops
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    As the Chancellor, the now Prime Minister was ultimately responsible for the significant underfunding of the military at a time when we were deploying for war. The prospect of conflict in Iraq was known about months in advance, but much of the kit th...

  • Michael McCarthy: How I journeyed far and wide to see these lovely insects
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    I started with the Duke of Burgundy, the titchy but charming rarity which is vanishing at a rate of knots, and I glimpsed it on May Day on the top of Butser Hill near Portsmouth, one of the highest points of the South Downs – once the sea mist cleare...

  • Peter Mair: Huge influx of immigrants has changed Dutch society forever
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Dutch politics has been in disarray since the traditional patterns were first challenged by Pim Fortuyn's populist protest in 2002. Fortuyn was, of course, assassinated just before that election, and his leaderless party fell apart soon afterwards. W...

  • Letters: Televised political debates
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    By the time the debates take place, the already over-coached trio will have been schooled in how to look confident without appearing arrogant, how and when to smile, even how to stand. If the coaches do their jobs the candidates will be oozing sincer...

  • Leading article: Signs of life in the peace process
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Just when even inveterate optimists were turning sceptical about the feasibility of the two-state solution that – it has been assumed – will underpin any lasting agreement, there is movement. Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo this week,...

  • Mark Seddon: He really was a Tribune of the People
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Most of us are mere bystanders as the great events of state, of peace and war, pass us by. Michael throughout much of the last century was an active participant, helping to shape those events, or better still challenging them. I first met him on the ...

  • Liz Hoggard: This is what the BBC does best
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    It's not been the finest week for the BBC, as it announces £6m of cuts. No one can be happy that staff jobs are threatened. But I can't help being heartened by the promise that it will concentrate on more quality drama, documentary, culture and arts....

  • Simon Bates: Mobiles give young people the freedom to make smart choices
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    As part of the team that regulates phone-paid services – everything from TV voting and competition shows to mobile ringtones and games – we're well aware of the potential risks for kids and teenagers. Young adults are less concerned about the securit...

  • Lisa Markwell: When there are streets to roam...
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    As my 13-year-old might say, well, duh. They roam around, these fully made-up girls and boys with pseudo pimp-roll walks, with brains and bodies restless after a day cooped up, eager for stimulation but lacking the funds or maturity to do what we'd d...

  • Leading article: Nation of shopkeepers
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    And Mr Zuma is on to something. Never mind the Buckingham Palace banquets, the Downing Street press conferences, the Westminster meet-and-greets: every state visit ought to include a trip to a British retailer. It should be considered an essential pa...

  • Susie Rushton: Goosebumps – the first sign of spring
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Power to the Plastic It's sad to discover the closure of places in London where you've spent memorable, happy hours. I've had two brilliant nights out at the matchbox-sized Hoxton nightclub Plastic People, including my 30th birthday, (probably ma...

  • Sarah Cassidy: Tackle the cause, not the symptoms
    Friday, 5 March 2010

    Incidents have fallen by nearly two-thirds since 1997 when there were 814,000 attacks in the home. According to the British Crime Survey – which measures what people say happened to them rather than recording crimes reported to the police – the figur...

  • Leading article: At sixes and sevens
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    That a particular station – or any other BBC activity for that matter – has high-profile and well-connected advocates, however, can be only one strand in the argument. The 6 Music station was, until its closure hove into view, a very minority taste i...

  • Steve Connor: Eco-paradise is 'Galapagos for plants'
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    Looking east from this vantage point you face the coast of Chile some 414 miles away. It was from here that the deadly tsunami had come to batter and deluge the inhabitants of Juan Bautista village nestling in the bay below. I have hiked from one end...

  • Guy Adams: They love a police drama at the Oscars
    Thursday, 4 March 2010

    The visit took several hours, and was one of many inconveniences I've undergone to convince The Academy that I'm not a terrorist. The process of getting "cleared" began in October when I filled in detailed forms requesting an invitation, and continue...

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