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Monday, 8 March 2010

  • Leading article: Disclosure is not always in the interests of justice
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    Anyone can see that we are in a deeply unsatisfactory situation at the moment with respect to this case. There is rampant speculation in the media about what Venables did to trigger his recall to prison, none of which has been verified. And a highly ...

  • Leading article: Icelanders deserve our empathy, not bullying
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    The history is well established. When Iceland's banks collapsed in the credit meltdown of 2008, the Icelandic authorities lacked sufficient funds to compensate the UK and Dutch citizens who had invested their savings in the online lender Icesave. Bri...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Sound of a window of opportunity being shut
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    "I think we are at a moment of real opportunity," Mr Biden said apropos of what is still quaintly referred to as the "Middle East peace process". If so then that window of opportunity has been slammed shut by the new settlements announcement. The res...

  • Leading article: The case for a rise in tuition fees
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    Complaints about the proposed rises are short-sighted. The truth is that the quality of university education will seriously deteriorate unless annual tuition fees rise. The Government has already announced that public funding to universities will be ...

  • Leading article: The politics of pet projects
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    But, whatever the moral complexion of the motives, this is still unsatisfactory. With an election looming, although not yet officially called, ministers ought to be pushing through no long-term commercial contracts, and certainly none that an incomin...

  • Paul Collier: The crisis in Haiti shows we need a new approach to NGOs
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Marginalisation is dangerous for both existential and practical reasons. The existential danger is that if the state is not visibly providing services, its predominant interface with citizens is as a tax collector, regulator, and bribe taker. This ha...

  • Nicholas Lezard: There’s dignity in not working, too
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    There is an ugly spirit abroad, whose clearest expression came last week in an open letter from the German publication Bild to the people of Greece, in which it was suggested that the route out of their economic morass lay in getting out of bed earli...

  • Letters: New leaderships for Muslims
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    Muslims have been burdened with the repercussions of Nazis' oppression of European Jewry, and the self-appointed rulers who never ceased to seize upon any opportunity to blame Israel and the West for all the ills of their own making. It is true that ...

  • Leading article: Hollywood or bust
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    It can't only be because Hurt Locker is a film about men and that most male of activities, war. It has been over 70 years since the late, great (and British born) Ida Lupino first muscled into the masculine world of films noirs as director. Since the...

  • Colm O'Gorman: The Vatican values its position more than children's safety
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    In December 2002, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, suggested that media coverage of clerical sexual abuse was a conspiracy to bring down the Catholic Church. At the time he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fait...

  • Barack Obama: Iraq must be free to choose its own leaders and chart its own course
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    And in a strong turnout, millions of Iraqis exercised their right to vote, with enthusiasm and optimism. Today's voting makes it clear that the future of Iraq belongs to the people of Iraq. The election was organised and administered by Iraq's Indepe...

  • Liz Hoggard: Say no to campus life out of season
    Tuesday, 9 March 2010

    Imagine waking up to ancient courts and quiet cloisters once occupied by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Oliver Cromwell, William Wordsworth, Stephen Hawking and Stephen Fry, runs the romantic blurb. Are they kidding? As a teenager I spent all my summe...

  • Letters: School trips
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    That is why I support the Countryside Alliance's "Rural Manifesto", which calls for outdoor learning to feature on the school curriculum. The American writer Richard Louv, in his excellent book Last Child in the Woods, describes the growing "nature-d...

  • Leading article: Tweet symphony
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    That's the beauty of online technology of course: you never really know how people are going to use it. Still, the addiction of some people to the medium of Twitter – even in the most stressful of circumstances – does provoke some strange thoughts. S...

  • Cherie Blair: Liberate women – give them mobile phones
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    At a time when computer literacy was rare in the legal profession, my little knowledge led to me chairing the Bar Council's IT committee. In our age defined by technology, those cut off from this information revolution are at a huge disadvantage. Tod...

  • Andrew Buncombe: No escape from the pull of poverty
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Actually there should be no rickshaw pullers here. Following a campaign by activists who said such labour had no place in civilised society, the authorities last year amended legislation to ban them. The trouble is that they failed to provide alterna...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Rewarding civic virtues can renew a spirit of the common good
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Virtue and the common good are two ideas Sandel is eager to revive. He has led the challenge in recent years to the myth that we enter the public square as unfettered individuals, shorn of other loyalties; and to the lie that the state is neutral in ...

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