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Monday, 19 April 2010

  • Leading article: This yellow surge is good for democracy
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    Those who are weary of Gordon Brown's Labour, yet still unenthused by the Tories, appear to have discovered a new force that merits their support. Nick Clegg's achievement in that historic debate was apparently to tap into the yearning of the British...

  • Ben Chu: Revolving-door culture leaves government full of clever bankers
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    What those people don't grasp is the symbiosis between high finance and government. In the US there is famously a "revolving door" between Washington and Wall Street. Such is the interchange of personnel that it can be hard to tell where Goldman Sach...

  • Leading article: Goldman Sachs will live to fight another day
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The Wall Street regulator, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said on Friday that it had charged Goldman over claims that it defrauded investors of a billion dollars over a bond allegedly designed to fall in value, thereby benefiting a favour...

  • Leading article: Precautionary principle
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    As two days' delay extended into four and five, travellers, airlines and travel companies began to ask why so much airspace was closed for so long, and whether such a blanket ban was really necessary. There will be questions about whether airlines an...

  • Leading article: Little to celebrate
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The disservice this 86-year-old dictator has done to his country is profound. Back in 1980, Zimbabwe was set to be a model for the rest of the African continent. The transition to black majority rule was not especially bloody and many old white colon...

  • Letters: Air crisis
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    We have just returned from Frankfurt airport using six trains and a ferry. I would like to thank all the wonderful people to helped to get us home, especially the employees of Deutsche Bahn, who tried to organise train routes through Europe, and th...

  • Notebook: The sticky end of the lollipop
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    The coincidental conflation of political and ecological climate has caused division, absence and disruption and, as ever, the sticky end of the lollipop is being handled by our children. Schools are facing chaos and closure as teachers away for their...

  • Leading article: Imperfect pitch
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    Lawns are something the English are supposed to be good at - world masters, even. But turf, it seems, is another matter. Wembley is now being given its 11th new pitch in two years. And the ripping up and relaying is set to go on: the pitch may have t...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Deaths are a huge blow to al-Qa'ida – but will not stop bombs
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    Al-Qa'ida in Iraq never had much connection with Osama bin Laden's group. Zarqawi had little to do with him when both men were in Afghanistan. But from 2003 the Iraqi group, well-financed from abroad, expanded rapidly – although its attacks were prim...

  • Robert Verkaik: The law is catching up with those who use the internet to defame
    Tuesday, 20 April 2010

    Stephanie Palmer used the name "orlando-birkbeck" to write glowingly of work by her husband Orlando Figes while making disparaging comments about the books of other historians. When accounts of these self-serving reviews – first published on Amazon's...

  • Letters: Ash cloud fallout
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    As demonstrated by satellite footage, the shape and size of the ash cloud is changing by the hour, with "corridors" of clear air appearing all the time, so there must be some scope to get at least some flights out. If, as is stated, the cloud is prim...

  • Leading article: Scouts' honour
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The joys of putting up a tent, learning about knots and helping old people to cross the road, in other words, are still holding their own against Facebook and other technology-based attractions. Scouting has changed a fair bit since Robert Baden-Powe...

  • Colm O'Gorman: Honesty and justice would be better than a meeting
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    One might have expected that such meetings, as part of a meaningful engagement with victims, would have been an essential component of an appropriate response to abuse by priests. They are at odds with the ongoing denial of the Vatican of its respons...

  • Philip Hoare: Brutality on the high seas
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    You might want to read that sentence again. Yes, it is as shocking as you first thought. But this drastic move comes as a desperate resolution to an appalling problem. Since 1987, the Japanese have conducted so-called "scientific research" into whali...

  • Denis MacShane: Air travel chaos gives the EU a chance to show what it is made of
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    We need a 2010 equivalent of the Berlin Airlift to bring help to Europe's citizens who cannot return home easily. The first priority is information. The EU representation offices must leave their comfortable capital city bureaux and go to where EU ci...

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