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Monday, 12 April 2010

  • Leading article: A less than convincing manifesto for a fourth term
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    The party proposes making every hospital a foundation trust, sacking underperforming chief constables and subjecting school leaderships to parental ballots. Health, education and the police all certainly need major reform, but Labour fails to define ...

  • Leading article: Another tragedy strikes Polish-Russian relations
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    No less tragic and ironic was the timing. The President and his delegation were travelling to Smolensk for ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn killings. But the wreath-layings and services to have been held on Saturday were, i...

  • Letters: Smolensk crash
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    For two reasons. First, the President had never really come to terms with the fact that Donald Tusk's Citizen's Platform Party had fractured the ruling dynasty of the Kaczynski brothers – Lech Kaczynski as President and Jaroslaw Kaczynski as Prime Mi...

  • Leading article: Visions of a safer world
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Last week, Mr Obama signed the first new nuclear arms treaty with Russia for 30 years. He also announced a review of the US nuclear posture. And yesterday he welcomed to Washington delegates from 47 countries – most of them heads of state or governme...

  • Amy Jenkins: School lottery system is the way forward
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Mostly, these schools are undersubscribed and caught in the Ofsted trap. This happens when the oversubscribed schools nearby end up operating a selection policy of one sort of another. This might be legitimate, as in the case of faith schools, or acc...

  • Lech Kaczynski: Seventy years on, it is time the wounds of Katyn were healed
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    At the same time families of the murdered and thousands of citizens of the eastern territory of the pre-war Poland were sent into exile deep into the Soviet Union, where their indescribable suffering marked the path of the Polish Golgotha of the East...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Why not leave 6Music as it is?
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Let us assume, though, for the sake of argument, that this speculation is in the right area. It does, after all, have a ring of plausibility to it, does it not? And the line quoted in one report, from someone described as "an insider" – "It's a typic...

  • Richard Sharpe: Let common sense guide you in the saga of bisphenol A
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Let me start with a statement by one of the scientists (Fred vom Saal) who strongly advocates banning bisphenol A: "The science is clear and the findings are not just scary, they are horrific. Why [would] you feed a baby out of a clear, hard plastic ...

  • Steve Connor: Spreading a little sunshine for the dawn of a new age
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    All fossil fuels are effectively stores of underground sunshine, courtesy of photosynthesis. When we burn oil, coal or gas we are in effect reversing the process of photosynthesis – we are converting plant hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and energy....

  • Jeremy Laurance: Patients will be alarmed – but change is long overdue
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Reducing antibiotic prescribing is one of the areas targeted by Nice for potential savings, which it says could yield £3.7m a year nationally, if its recommendations are followed. It was highlighted by Sir Michael Rawlins, a former chairman of Nice, ...

  • Piotr Maciej Kaczynski: Attitude to Russia at heart of the dispute
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    But Kaczynski adopted an approach to Russia which was confrontational, which aimed at limiting Russian influence in Eastern Europe and in demanding apologies and compensation for the crimes of the past. His approach influenced EU relations with Russi...

  • Alice Miles: I love elections. I love the massive, mad, manic effort of it all
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    When else would we bother to report that Mr Cameron talked to workers at Jewsons and bought them tea "from a burger van"? I love hearing po-faced pundits pontificate, broadcasters bullshitting from Bognor. I love the polls and the policies, the spin ...

  • Robert Verkaik: How fitting – another attempt to make this issue disappear
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    The Justice Secretary and his fellow ministers have made countless denials over allegations that British forces, military bases and airports have been used in the kidnap and transfer of foreign nationals to torture states. The constant refrain from M...

  • Letters: government spending
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This is £720,000 too much (and is probably an underestimate), but it amounts to 0.0045 per cent of the DfID budget over the past five years, or £1 in £22,000. How does this compare to other UK government departments? According to the 2010 inaugural N...

  • Leading article: A deceptively modest tax break
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    One reason for the small sum on offer, of course, is the parlous state of the public finances. But another is surely the controversial nature of the concession. Rewarding marriage does not command universal support, even among Conservatives. Elsewher...

  • Krzysztof Bobinsk: A blow to the heart of our reborn country
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This time, though, it is different. Saturday's crash was an accident. But it has delivered a blow to the new post-1989 democratic Poland. It is our first major state tragedy. Like so many others, the shock I feel at what happened to Kaczynski, is rei...

  • Ian Kearns: The future of nuclear security hangs on this week's summit
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This summit matters for five main reasons. First, the consensus opinion among experts is that terrorists, including but not limited to al-Qa'ida, are seeking nuclear weapons capabilities, with the intention of using them if ever they were able. This ...

  • Liz Hoggard: We're all 'second division' sometimes
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    Clearly it was a gaffe by Cooper and fellow minister Liam Byrne, who was sitting next to her (the Schools Secretary continued the fun by admitting it was "sort of like being allowed to play in the sand pit"). You're a fool if you think you can keep a...

  • Xi Jinpin: Despite what our critics say, China is serious about climate change
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    Yet, despite the huge task of developing the economy and improving people's lives, we have joined global actions to tackle climate change with the utmost resolve and acted in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities estab...

  • Leading article: Gossip, but true
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Sadly, when the awards were announced yesterday, the Enquirer came nowhere. Which does not mean the world of mainstream US hackery does not need to show less deference and sharpen up. The magazine was nominated for a good old-fashioned scoop. It dare...

  • Steve Connor: Hunter-gatherers are more forgiving
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    Punishing people who do not play fair is in fact a widely observed psychological trait in modern societies. Indeed, a sense of "fair play" is by no means unique to Britain because many studies have shown that a substantial proportion of people in ind...

  • Sean O'Grady: £4bn? That's a drop in the ocean
    Tuesday, 13 April 2010

    It is all very well, but that £4bn is tiny when set against the loss of investment in British business in the recession – £30bn to £40bn, and greater still when the double dip arrives. This loss of productive power will damage growth, productivity, l...

  • Leading article: Tea for our time
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    The blend favoured by the Naafi, as supplied to our troops in Afghanistan, is about to go on commercial sale. Nor is it just curiosity that should send you down to the supermarket, post haste. With 50p from each box going to Help for Heroes, the char...

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