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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

  • Leading article: An encouraging step towards reform
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    In response to a request from the G20 to investigate ways in which the international banking system might be made to pay back some of the money it received from governments during the 2008 meltdown, the IMF proposes not one, but two, new levies. The ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The City destroys jobs in industry
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    I started work in 1962, as an apprentice. I was expected to attain the City and Guilds craft course at the local technical college. Working for British Rail, I was offered the opportunity to go further with more advanced courses. The going rate quote...

  • Leading article: Learning the right lessons
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    This is an area of significant scientific uncertainty and it would have been wrong and foolhardy of the government to have done anything other than put passenger safety as the overwhelming concern here. Airlines have inevitably been frustrated at the...

  • Claire Soares: You can board, but where you will disembark is not clear...
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    Some of my fellow passengers were in no mood for gambling, despite entering their sixth day of volcanic purgatory. True, we could experience a miracle and offload on UK soil, but the more likely scenario seemed to be reaching the fringes of Europe to...

  • Richard Garner: The system is imperfect, but we haven't seen a better one
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    How the student feels on the day, whether their teacher adequately prepared them for the questions that came up, indeed, whether the marker had a good night's sleep can all impact upon results. The question is, given all that, what do we do about it?...

  • Peter Lockley: Fly less and we'll all be happier
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    Without question, there has been hardship for passengers stuck abroad, and economic worries for a few select industries that rely directly on air freight, such as importers of cut flowers. But there are economic upsides too. For every tourist who cou...

  • Susie Rushton: 'Get out of the kitchen and vote'
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    I believe in his salad-tossing policy, which is to use your hands rather than spoons; it's a much better way to coat every leaf with dressing. I like the way he adds chilli to everything. His pizza dough recipe really works. This month I've also enjo...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Screen test
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    The reason, according to Mirren, that Americans might have this picked up this less than flattering impression of us lies in Hollywood's notorious habit of casting British actors in the role of the villain. Yet perhaps Mirren is not doing us the serv...

  • Sean O'Grady: Comparisons with 1976 do not stand up to scrutiny
    Thursday, 22 April 2010

    The IMF crisis of 1976 was the last time Britain was forced to go to an international body for an emergency loan, and it hurt. In a nutshell, Britain was bust: the Labour government was forced to make swingeing cuts; the pound was weak, falling below...

  • 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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