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  • Leading article: Europe must confront its real economic problems
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    There is a powerful case for better regulation of some sections of the international capital markets. Credit insurance instruments should be traded on central exchanges to make the distribution of risk more transparent. And the wider social benefits ...

  • 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: Bring back the dog licence
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    This time what will happen is that millions of law-abiding dog owners will stump up for the insurance, with much grumbling, while the bad owners of badly-behaved dogs will ignore the law, much as many of them do with the obligation to insure their ca...

  • 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 ...

  • Jaci Stephen: You could spot the Brits at the Oscars – they were the ones without statuettes
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    Anything. Please tell me anything other than the inconceivable truth that George Clooney has gone totally grey. Being the only Brit in LA not to have received an invite to Elton John's post-Oscar bash, I watched the awards on the TV at my favourite r...

  • Leading article: Old spice
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    But according to a study by researchers from Chicago University the sunset years have their share of carnal pleasures too. They have discovered that four out of 10 men and two out of 10 women over the age of 75 are still having sex. The gender discre...

  • John Curtice: Battle narrows down to the key marginals
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    However, those conventional calculations are based on a crucial assumption: that the ups and downs in party support are the same everywhere. But if the Conservatives could secure a higher swing in those seats where Labour's lead last time was smalles...

  • 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: ID cards dropped?
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    The plan for pseudo-voluntary introduction by requiring passport applicants also to be entered, for life, on the National Identity Register has not changed in any significant respect since the details were unveiled by David Blunkett in 2004. Arbitrar...

  • Michael Lyons: Those who attack the BBC out of private interest will be doubted
    Wednesday, 10 March 2010

    But I would just raise some cautionary thoughts. The BBC has always had its critics. I doubt if there has been a single moment in its long existence when there has not been a lengthy queue of experts pressing for change to this or that aspect of its ...

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