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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

  • Leading article: The dividing lines are clear – and there's no reason to fear the prospect of a hung parliament
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    The manifestos have their place, as the parties well understand. The appearance of the published document, the venue for the launch, and the style of the presentation all form part of the message the parties are seeking to sell. In the event, they tr...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Efficiency savings
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Efficiency savings can be defined as maintaining the existing level of outputs and services at lower costs. Although it is true that not all cost savings will be the result of a reduction in direct staff levels, it must be accepted that other cost sa...

  • Manouchehr Mottaki: Our expectations of the treaty were misplaced
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Now we are in the run-up to next month's conference in New York to review the NPT, a meeting which presents us with a real opportunity for a safer world provided it addresses some serious deficiencies. The treaty was forged forty years ago around thr...

  • Clifford Coonan: Two years on, have any lessons been learnt?
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    The story in Yushu was eerily reminiscent of one that unfolded in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, during its terrible quake in 2008, where up to 300 children died after Juyuan middle school folded in on itself as buildings all around stayed standing: a truly gr...

  • Pam Giddy: At least one party gets the urgency of political reform
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Watching the smoothly polished manifesto presentations this week, it's easy to be fooled into thinking the parties are courting all our votes equally. In reality, their policies are carefully crafted to appeal to swing voters while their resources ar...

  • Ben Chu: In praise of the artistic blockbuster
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Penny also presented this as a shift we should embrace, acidly noting that "there's something comical about having a line-up of the Virgin and Child. It's not a beauty competition." Quite right, I thought; enough of the dumbing down. So when my mothe...

  • Nitin Mehta: Come to Kumbh Mela to see the miracle that is modern India
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    The observance of Kumbh Mela dates back many centuries. It is said that once upon a time the Gods had lost their strength, and to regain it, they thought of churning the Kshera Sagara (primordial ocean of milk) for amrit (the nectar of immortality). ...

  • Nici Marx: Voters are looking for smart, not smug
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Before each political leader steps up to his studio podium, he will have spent hours behind the scenes going through "simulated combat". But the more you prepare, the more likely it is that you will appear wooden and scripted. According to Michael Sh...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Julius Cavendish: Atmosphere killer as expat refuge raided
    Thursday, 15 April 2010

    Police said yesterday that they had acted on a tip-off from disgruntled neighbours and arrested nine foreigners and an Afghan, on suspicion of "moral corruption" and selling alcohol. Among those dragged from their beds in the small hours of Tuesday w...

  • 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...

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