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Thursday, 15 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...

  • Instigate Debate Live: Is the party over?
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    Is The Party Over? - London Union Chapel / Monday 26th April Expenses scandal/no electoral reform/corporate lobbying/the special relationship/media magnates for tea: Are they all the same? Does your vote actually matter? Debate these issues...

  • Leading article: The world has an interest in a stable Kyrgyzstan
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    It would certainly have benefited everyone had Kurmanbek Bakiyev left the country immediately, allowing the opposition politician, Roza Otunbayeva, to make a fresh start. Instead he lingered on, speech-making in Osh near the Uzbek border, before fina...

  • Andrew Marr: A little desperation? Bring it on
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    Research being the key to good journalism, I am happy to report that Icelandic mythology, apart from featuring black elves, a dragon called Nidhogg and an icy cow, rather nicely describes daily life as "Midgard" which means the "world of average huma...

  • Letters: National debt
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The true figures will not appear in any election manifesto – they might scare the voters. But they can be read in the publications of the Office of National Statistics. In the fiscal year 2010-2011, there will be a budget deficit of £178bn to be paid...

  • Leading article: A Green vote is not wasted
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The Greens unveiled their election manifesto yesterday in their top target seat (one of 300 they are contesting nationwide). Their economic proposals – which include abolishing prescription charges and increasing income taxes – are less than convinci...

  • Nick Anstee: London's strength is its openness. Curbs on migration don't help
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The pace of G20 implementation can appear slow. But if the EU moves alone, it will be placing not only the UK's international competitiveness and future prosperity at risk, but the whole of Europe's as well. Two weeks ago in Guildhall, Michel Barnier...

  • Kim Sengupta: The SAS – a shadowy force engaged in bloody deeds
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The two men were arrested during a little-publicised campaign in which British undercover soldiers fought alongside their American counterparts in cities like Baghdad, Fallujah and Ramadi. The suspects, members of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, the ...

  • Steve Connor: History suggests eruption may last a very long time
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The 1,600m-high volcano lies just west of the Katla volcano and one fear is that this second volcano could be disturbed by Eyjafjallajoekull's activity, which initially began in March with the eruption of magma from a small vent or fissure on its low...

  • Simon Calder: The domino effect from our transport hubs
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The chief casualties are the long-suffering airlines and their even-longer-suffering passengers. A volcanic cloud has succeeded in doing what terrorists, snow and strikers failed to achieve: close the skies over Britain. Even when the air is declared...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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). ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Ashen-faced
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    Mind you, things probably look very different from Icelandic shores. After all, who was it who effectively branded them financial "terrorists" at the height of the credit meltdown? And which nation has been trying to impose grotesquely vindictive int...

  • Susie Rushton: Is it time to invest in the dog market?
    Friday, 16 April 2010

    The question is, is it the right time to invest? Any dog is a costly commitment, but city dogs are the dearest. They have to be cared-for and planned-for. They can't just be let out the back door. They have to be walked in the park, and, increasingly...

  • 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...

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