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Friday, 16 April 2010

  • Pope ventures out of Rome – but victims of church abuse lie in wait
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The tiny Mediterranean state, the last place in Europe where divorce is not possible, is among the most devout in the Catholic world. But the paedophilia crisis is raging here as well, with news that 25 of the island's 855 priests face abuse allegati...

  • Leading article: Finally, an electoral opening for three-party politics
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The first winner was the debate itself. Britain's leading politicians showed themselves as adept at debating as those of any other country – in some respects, more so. Contrary to widespread fears, the heavily regulated format did not prove stultifyi...

  • Armando Iannucci: The day I joined the DIY revolution and set up my own police force
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    I'm getting sick of We. We comes out on two occasions. Firstly, when a party's been roundly defeated for a long period of time. Rather than admit that all their vote-losing policies were the product of reality-insulated politicos spending too much ti...

  • Holocaust denial costs bishop £10,000
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Bishop Richard Williamson, 70, a leading figure of an ultra-orthodox Catholic sect, the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), made the comments during an interview on Swedish television in 2008. The interview was conducted at a seminary in Germany, where deny...

  • Jerome Taylor: Reception in Malta is just a warm-up
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    This weekend's trip to Malta will offer little respite. It is the first overseas papal visit since the renewed European clergy-abuse scandal broke out, and all eyes will be on the Pope. The trip itself will last little more than 26 hours and the itin...

  • Letters: UK border officials
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    I am a British spouse of a non-EU national. When we return to the UK from conferences abroad the manner of the UKBA officials is intimidating and discourteous toward non-EU travellers, in contrast to the brisk professional courtesy of US border offic...

  • Philip Norman’s Week: The people at RBS. They've got a nerve, haven't they?
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The thought processes of PR people never cease to fascinate me. How long do you suppose some high-salaried "creative team" sat around brain-storming for a title before coming up with Sense, the very quality which RBS proved so stunningly to lack? In ...

  • Leading article: A test of the rule of law in Pakistan
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The committee concludes that the death of the leader of the Pakistan People's Party outside a rally in Rawalpindi could have been prevented if the government of the former president, Pervez Musharraf, had taken steps to provide sufficient security. I...

  • John Curtice: The competence and empathy reminded me of Tony Blair
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    According to Populus, as many as 61 per cent reckoned Mr Clegg the winner. Both ICM and YouGov found 51 per cent thought he was best. Angus Reid gave him a more modest 46 per cent, while ComRes, who conducted the largest exercise of all, contacting o...

  • Mary Wakefield: Squabbling among the sisters won't do our equality any favours
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Forget those pasty-faced men squabbling over the keys to No 10, if we're ever going to take our rightful place running the Western world, we're going to have to learn to do something about female misogyny. It's been a century since Emmeline Pankhurst...

  • Amy Jenkins: This fantasy of niceness denies us healthy anger
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    In fact, it reared up and bit off two rather famous heads: the "worm" in this case being a worm poll or "dial test" conducted among focus groups who watched the leaders' debate and responded in real time by turning a dial of approval up or down. Inve...

  • John O’Farrell: At last: a TV talent show worth seeing
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The TV format they settled upon was The Weakest Link, with the same tense atmosphere and lecterns, but with much, much longer answers. The contestants stood there frozen in fear as Alastair Stewart, substituting for Anne Robinson, shouted, "Mr Brown!...

  • 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...

  • The truth is out there: 17/04/2010
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Children with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that limits social anxiety, displayed no racial biases when shown pictures of other children and asked to assign good or bad traits. A control group reliably pointed to other races when asked q...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Dangerous dogs will be forced to stay inside making perfumed soaps for the hospitality industry'
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    1) No child will ever be allowed to play any instrument heavier than a recorder, as it means the mother has to give lots of lifts she doesn't want to give when she could just be getting quietly drunk at home. Any child who complains that a recorder i...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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