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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

  • Leading article: An optimistic message that does not quite add up
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    It was certainly an optimistic message, but does it convince? Only up to a point. The Tory leader delivered a compelling critique of Labour's top-down and statist approach to the delivery of public services. The Conservatives' alternative is to allow...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Progressive Lib Dems
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    As the Liberal Democrat Transport spokesman who sits opposite Lord Adonis, may I say how far he falls short of the radical and cost-saving agenda we propose? Despite his friendliness, he rejects most of our suggestions for immediate improvements on o...

  • Leading article: Science and the establishment
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    You didn't need much knowledge of the British establishment to guess what would be the outcome. A London club – for that is what the Royal Institution is, to a large extent – doesn't vote willingly for root-and-branch change, still less in favour of ...

  • Marko Prelec: This trial won't make anything better – but it must go ahead
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    There is no doubt Mr Karadzic bears – together with the still-missing general Ratko Mladic – heaviest responsibility for the murder of tens of thousands, and the terrorising and expulsion of over a million Bosniak and Croat civilians in Bosnia’s war....

  • Peter Tatchell: The people of Baluchistan have a right to self-determination
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    Punjabi supremacists have imposed an alien language, Urdu, on Baluchi-speaking people. Borrowing from the tactics of apartheid in South Africa, which forced black children to be schooled in Afrikaans, Islamabad has dictated that Urdu is the compulsor...

  • Carola Long: Nice work if you can get it? Maybe not
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    The latest source of easy money to make the news is a rewarding role testing sleeping bags for the car and camping shop Halfords, which insisted that "this is a real job". Yes, you truly can get paid for sleeping on the job, £600 a week to be precise...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: This blessed plot
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    This resurgence of green-fingered activity is being put down to the harsh economic climate, as people seek to keep their food bills down by growing their own. This goes to show that a hefty quantity of fertiliser can indeed help roses grow. But all t...

  • Rose: This is a fuss about nothing: there's no harm in our using it
    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    I changed my date of birth from 1999 to 1993 so that I seemed 17. I think children do this to be in with a certain crowd, or maybe they do it just to socialise with friends. My friends and me mainly go on Facebook to chat and look at each other's pho...

  • 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...

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