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Tuesday, 20 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...

  • Independent Live!: Brighton podcast
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    Right click here and click "Save target/link as..." to download. To download more Independent Live podcasts from iTunes click here. The Independent's Live series continues in Oxford and Cambridge; click ...

  • Leading article: New thinking on a matter of life and death
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    The problem is plain enough. Some 8,000 people in the UK are on the waiting list for a new organ. Yet the supply is falling considerably short of this demand. The grim consequence is that around 1,000 people die each year waiting for a transplant, ma...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Vote power
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    Like thousands of others, I was temporarily swayed into thinking that in the leader of the Lib Dems a political messiah had been discovered. Mr Clegg possesses what the estate agent calls "kerb appeal". He looks an attractive proposition. We did no...

  • Leading article: Small countries, big spenders
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    The death blow to the Labour government in the last hung Parliament, in 1979, was not dealt by the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats. It was a vote of no confidence tabled by the Scottish nationalists, which passed by a majority of one. It is co...

  • Ian Burrell: Skeleton of Gaddafi is dragged out of Clegg's closet
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    Readers of the Tory press are being introduced to a very different figure from the self-assured performer who emerged so dramatically from the political margins during last week's inaugural prime ministerial television debate. Viewers polled after th...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: For too long the studio has traded on its past
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    MGM was where the "boy wonder" Irving Thalberg, the character who inspired F Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon, oversaw the production of films as if he were the boss of a factory turning out the most gleaming luxury goods. He is credited with intro...

  • Chelsea Hayward: Hostess bars are bizarre – but then, so is Disneyland
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    That is why it is OK to have a boyfriend or even be married, because the only requirements of the job are to wear a respectable cocktail dress, laugh at jokes, pour drinks and light cigarettes. It is bizarre, yes, and seems unorthodox to foreigners, ...

  • Julius Cavendish: Taliban and the mafia: a terrifying combination
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    As a result, roads are now shut and the drab march of blast barriers has begun. It is just one sign that things are getting worse. Foreigners cannot walk down the street or stop in the bazaar to gauge the local climate. Meetings invariably take place...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Dr No idea
    Wednesday, 21 April 2010

    In recent decades, successive owners of what was once the dominant force in Hollywood – the studio that gave the world Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz – have loaded it up with debt, while failing to stem the collapse in revenues. Despite the ...

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