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Friday, 2 April 2010

  • Leading article: The third party has a chance to come into its own
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    In sum, this was the week when the Conservatives held steady, Labour's standing declined and the Liberal Democrats made gains. Yesterday's ICM poll showed Nick Clegg's party running only six points behind Labour, while a ComRes poll for The Independe...

  • Preacher likens treatment of Pope to the Holocaust
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Pope Benedict's personal preacher, made the claim during a Good Friday address at St Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican. He said, as the Pope sat listening, that the attacks on the Pope and the Church were comparable to the...

  • 'They do quiz nights and dating. Why not a debate about Jesus?'
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    His beer had been interrupted by the Rev Paul Dawson of St Andrew's, Chelsea, in the Cross Keys pub in west London. The good Reverend was following the advice issued yesterday by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, right, who urged men of the cl...

  • Letters: Toxic chemicals
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    Back in November, the Green Party gave its full support to Breast Cancer UK's No More BPA campaign, warning the UK government about the continued use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby products. So it is incredibly disappointing that, despite the public pr...

  • Leading article: Gaza again on the brink
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    They also followed the deaths of two Israeli soldiers in clashes with Palestinian fighters last week. But while the specific reasons for Israel's action clearly matter, the bigger picture is that tensions between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza are clear...

  • Amy Jenkins: Set out to gag the press and you might end up choking
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    But now that the British Chiropractic Association has pursued a personable science writer called Simon Singh, pictured below, through the courts, my view of chiropractors has changed somewhat. These days I'm lumping them in with the rest of the alter...

  • Michael Williams: So much pain in our love of the train
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    But like all the best love affairs it's a more complex and contradictory relationship than this – which is why we all get very worked up about the RMT leader Bob Crow and why we all heaved such a sigh of relief that he's had his comeuppance in his at...

  • Mary Wakefield: Cameron's ignoring the obstacle to his big society
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    At the moment, David Cameron seems like the least awful option. He has nice pink cheeks and a vision of a rejuvenated England full of can-do Blitz spirit. A few days ago, Dave unveiled his grand plan: a "Big Society" with less power for politicians a...

  • Leading article: The Pope should reconsider his state visit to Britain
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    It is a robust defence. As an archbishop, Vincent Nichols clearly has a duty to mount a defence against the rising criticism of the "Holy Father". As a man who must understand just how serious this crisis is to the standing of the Church and the fait...

  • Sean O'Grady: Get ready for Vince in Number 11
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Look at it from Brown's point of view. In a few weeks his political career could be over. For a man who, more even than most prime ministers, lives for politics and politics alone, that is death. In any case, Brown has come a long way from his past. ...

  • Dr John Sentamu: Prison's purpose should be to rehabilitate, not just punish
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    One of the key points from the Easter story is the relationship between Jesus and the two prisoners alongside him on the cross. One of them asks Jesus to remember him when he comes into his Kingdom, and as a result is forgiven for his past sins, give...

  • Leading article: Mephedrone madness
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    While Eric Carlin, like Dr Polly Taylor before him, cited disagreement with the ban on mephedrone, the underlying issue in all the resignations has been the same: a clash between the instinct of ministers to reclassify and ban, and the advisers' frus...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One day your upper arms are fine and dandy, the next they’re flapping away like washing on the line'
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    I don't know when exactly my upper arms turned against me, or why they turn generally, but it happens sometime after your 40th birthday, and just, well, happens. One day your upper arms are all fine and dandy and on message – vest tops! I used to wea...

  • The truth is out there: 03/04/2010
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    This week it highlighted the length of the road to recovery, noting that nearly 17 per cent of Haiti's civil servants died in the disaster, including many senior managers. It attributes the startling statistic to the concentration of Haitian governme...

  • Letters: Hunting ban
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Everyone knows about cigarettes and smoke emissions through knowledge and experience – so they can make a judgement. Very few people who wish hunting banned have a clue about predators and prey; about the need for fox and deer dispersal; about a bala...

  • Leading article: A victory for fair comment
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    The judge who gave the original ruling, Mr Justice Eady, has made a number of rulings which suppress freedom of speech. He was the judge who found in favour of Max Mosley in his privacy battle with the News of the World. The implications of his rulin...

  • Pam Giddy: The scandal of appointed Lords is holding up democratic reform
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    It seems barely a week goes by these days without some new dose of sleaze and scandal spewing from the red benches. From cash-for-peerages to cash-for-amendments to the outrage of non-dom donors, the Lords, and its system of appointments, has been on...

  • Jerome Taylor: Mothers confused by mixed messages on BPA risks
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Following The Independent's revelations earlier this week that a number of high street retailers, including Boots and Mothercare, were continuing to sell off old-stock baby bottles that contain BPA, internet forums have been filled with discussions ...

  • John Kampfner: For once, a court decision that gladdens the heart
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and his appeals panel have not just ruled against a critical aspect in the case brought by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). They have set a precedent that should make it considerably harder for organisat...

  • Andy McSmith: Brown will be fuming over Tory letter-writing campaign
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But having the chief executives and chairmen of 23 large companies step forward and endorse what he has said makes Osborne's job much easier, and puts Labour in the uncomfortable position of arguing that people like Simon Wolfson, the chief executive...

  • Roger Middleton: These elections are essential for peace throughout the region
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Most analysts did not expect Arman to win but he could have forced a run-off vote. Sudan's other main opposition parties have now also pulled out but it was unlikely any candidate other than Arman would have got close to al-Bashir. Only the SPLM has ...

  • Leading article: Lines on a map
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But they are precision tools of the present too, as a modern 1:50,000 map of any contemporary British city will show, which is why the OS website nearly went into meltdown yesterday when the public was allowed free and unrestricted access to most of ...

  • Peter Greenaway: Time to bid the fondest farewell to the art of cinema
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Much pop music and film-making activity came out of art school. I was at art school with Ian Drury and another school down the road was attended by the early members of The Pink Floyd. Ostensibly, people went to art school to paint, draw and design, ...

  • Harriet Walker: The innovator and the nostalgic
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    When Net-a-Porter launched, it was part of an optimistic wave of dotcoms seeking to establish a new realm for retail. A decade later, with many of those start-ups having failed before they even began, Net-a-Porter remains at the forefront of internet...

  • Rhiannon Harries: If Banksy were a west London Tory...
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But if the oversized alphabet comes as a nice surprise on an unassuming Hackney shopfront, finding it behind the glass of Knightsbridge boutique is more a mild shock. It appears that the man behind the typeface, Ben Eine, has now lent his talents to ...

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