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Friday, 23 April 2010

  • Leading article: Our political leaders all need to face up to the reality of meagre growth
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Yet, ice or no ice, the bigger picture remains the same. This seems set to be a fragile and slow recovery. And the risk of us slipping back into negative growth remains real. What does this data – the last major official report on the economy that wi...

  • Church warned not to breach abusive priests' human rights
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    As Vatican lawyers in the US moved to shield the Pope from the legal challenge, Belgium's longest-serving bishop announced he was resigning, admitting that he had abused a boy 25 years ago. Roger Vangheluwe, 73, who had served as Bishop of Bruges sin...

  • Letters: Scrapping Trident
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    So how he'll save the £100bn cost of Trident to put towards the national debt is far from clear, since he'll be spending much of it on some unspecified alternative nuclear delivery system. Nick Clegg doesn't believe in scrapping nuclear weapons in Br...

  • Leading article: There is a strong case for not renewing Trident
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Nick Clegg argued the Liberal Democrat position that Trident was designed for a cold war scenario that no longer obtained and that it should be possible to find a "cheaper and better" alternative. He was taken to task by both Gordon Brown and David C...

  • Michael Bywater: Never happier than when up on the poop deck
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    In this case, it wasn't actually a gunboat but a nine-year-old Landing Platform Dock, the HMS Albion. You may well have watched the happy evacuees stumbling ashore at Pompey this week, beaming at their deliverance from nightmare trips across Europe t...

  • Amy Jenkins: Will powerful women please stop saying, 'I'm not a feminist, but...'
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    But then it turns out they don't want to be called feminists either. Of six interviewed this week, only two – Joanne Cash and Kemi Adegoke – said they consider themselves feminists. The other four presumably resort to the well worn disclaimer: "I'm n...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The absurdity of pre-election purdah
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    This group of the gagged includes statisticians employed by the Government, who are explicitly forbidden from providing extra data that might illuminate the political arguments. And, for this general election, the purdah rules have been extended to a...

  • Armando Iannucci: Here in Spin Alley, objectivity has elected to go on holiday
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    This life as an election pundit sounds glamorous, but is in fact possibly only one step up from being a sex slave. No slur on the Sky News people, who are professional and have never struck me as part of the propaganda arm of the Murdoch/ Cameron mac...

  • Robert Verkaik: A legal battle that could run for years to come
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Expect an announcement very soon that the former head of children's services at Haringey Council will take her case to the Court of Appeal or resume her claim for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal. Yesterday's joint declaration of victory by...

  • 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: Now that April's here
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    But the rest of the country, having endured one of the longest and harshest winters for years, is enjoying the most glorious late spring, which has suddenly burst out all over. The grass is as green as can be; the trees are in leaf; the magnolias, al...

  • Deborah Ross: 'When Tim from 'MasterChef' is at the day job, is he thinking, 'I wish I were at home working on my redcurrant jus'?'
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Now, I do accept that it's not the most annoying thing ever. Being asked if you have a Nectar card is more annoying. (Do I look like the sort of person who is collecting points towards a free glass of wine at a Berni Inn?) But it's annoying all the s...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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