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Thursday, 22 April 2010

  • Leading article: So Mr Clegg's adventure continues
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    Mr Cameron said he was going to be himself in advance of the debate. He was certainly characteristically fluent. And he had made stylistic improvements, looking directly into the camera more often. But it was a strangely subdued performance. The Cons...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: How we retreated from the land
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    All our instincts originate from a time when we lived in very much closer contact with the "natural environment". For 99 per cent of our evolutionary history – about two million years – we lived in small, nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers. The perio...

  • Leading article: The trend is definitely down
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    Labour will inevitably insist that the trend is entirely down to Government policies and – credit where credit's due – increases in police numbers have obviously helped. But it's important to bear in mind that crime started dropping in the mid-Nineti...

  • Leading article: Feeble attacks and reprehensible smears
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    The Conservatives unleashed their business spokesman, Ken Clarke, this week to issue dire (and unconvincing) threats about the disaster that would befall Britain's economy if the election resulted in a hung parliament. But that was mild compared to t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Victory for tribe, defeat for science
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    DNA is a waste product. We shed it all the time. It carries our personal information which can identify us but provided it is anonymised, no harm is done. If a scientist collects it and can do something useful with it, we should celebrate their achie...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why the blackthorn is a herald of spring
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    My impression is that most people, in these days of urban existence, have no idea what the blackthorn is. Certainly, I've never seen a picture in a newspaper of it flowering with a caption shouting Spring Is Here! like I've seen a million such captio...

  • Sean O'Grady: Three-party politics is here to stay
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    Even if you think the Cleggmania is overdone, and that he's not the Messiah, he's just a very naughty boy, and that his star will fall, this press criticism is looking plain silly: they've overdone it, frankly, and there may even be a bit of a backla...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Top speed
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    Admittedly the Scilly Isles only have nine miles of road, all of them on the main island. And admittedly the speed limit is 60 miles per hour on roads too windy for motorists ever to reach much more than half this. But inhabitants and visitors have s...

  • John Lichfield: The debate and Europe
    Friday, 23 April 2010

    Hooray, then, for Chris Nelmes of Bristol who put the first question in last night's debate. Could the party leaders explain what, if anything, they thought Britain got out of the EU? Gordon Brown made a rather plodding argument for the EU as a guara...

  • 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...

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