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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

  • Leading article: Europe's leaders need to act decisively
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    The joint eurozone/ International Monetary Fund loan package activated by Athens last week is clearly too little too late as far as investors are concerned. Yields on two-year Greek bonds have soared to 18 per cent. That is unsustainable. Athens simp...

  • Leading article: David Cameron's cynical moral panic
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    Yet Mr Cameron never abandoned his old theme of social breakdown. And yesterday, he returned to it with all the vigour of a bible-thumping preacher. "Something is broken", he declared before an audience in London. "Society is broken". This is a mista...

  • Leading article: More a lapse than a catastrophe
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    Mr Brown's mistakes – and they were serious mistakes – were to yield to temptation, and to forget that he was still wearing a microphone before he let off steam. Blaming his aides for what he called a "disaster" and, worse, calling Gillian Duffy a "b...

  • E Jane Dickson: Absolutism in all forms is naive
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    It was reported this week that a group of evangelical archaeologists from Turkey and China have unearthed the remains of a compartmented wooden structure, some 4,800-years-old, which might conceivably have been used to contain animals. "It's not 100 ...

  • Andy McSmith: The danger was lurking right under his nose
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    "That was a disaster," was Gordon Brown's first reaction as he climbed into the car after he had had a few words with Gillian Duffy. Actually, it was not. That exchange in a Rochdale street was played and replayed on the news channels yesterday. The ...

  • Ben Chu: Greek default could have same impact as Lehman collapse
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    If Greece defaults or crashes out of the euro it will send an almighty shockwave through the global capital markets. First of all, French and German banks, which are estimated to hold up to 70 per cent of Greece's debt, will register writedowns. If t...

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    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

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  • Greed is God: The Genesis of the Christian share index
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    When St Paul penned his first letter to Timothy, little did he know that his musings on wealth would turn out to be one of the most misquoted passages of the Bible. Christianity's most zealous convert was actually making a much more nuanced point. "F...

  • Leading article: This debt is still outstanding
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    The investment made by taxpayers in Royal Bank of Scotland, where we collectively now hold an 84 per cent stake, is already showing a clear profit. There is an argument in the City about how exactly the taxpayers' 41 per cent holding in Lloyds should...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Detection, diagnosis and treatment in one appointment
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    Or so critics of the major research trial released today thought. "Many people told us that this was a complete non starter," said Professor Jane Wardle, director of the health behaviour research centre at University College and a member of the trial...

  • Diane Abbott: Let's revive the spirit of anti-racism
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    The campaign reverberated through Left politics in London and beyond. It encapsulated a number of themes: multi-racial resistance to fascism; concern about police brutality and an overweening state and, above all, simple solidarity. And these themes ...

  • Letters: Youngsters learn to take a dive
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    During one such game two weeks ago, involving five- to six-year-olds, a lad was running with the ball, which was taken away from him with no contact whatever. The youngster went down in a heap and clutched his leg, moaning in agony. The coach/referee...

  • Leading article: Still failing
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    Taken together, though, they amount to an indictment of the way this country treats the children whose homes, for whatever reason, are inadequate. He cites research showing that six out of ten children returned to their families after being taken int...

  • Susie Rushton: Entrusting money to a bank. Big mistake...
    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    There's been a mistake, I say. The bank has fined me £75 in unplanned overdraft charges for an oversight that lasted 24 hours. A single day! Tension creeps up my neck as Jamie reads his scripted responses. A black, blank chasm of corporate indifferen...

  • Letters: Hung parliament
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    The opinion polls are pointing to a hung parliament, and to Labour having the smallest share of the popular vote among the three biggest parties. Attention is focusing on what Nick Clegg would do in that case, but the focus should be on Gordon Brow...

  • Leading article: Political battle
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    Anyone wishing to see a real confrontation in a legislative setting should take a look at the scenes from the Ukrainian parliament yesterday. Eggs flew and smoke bombs were detonated. Brawls broke out around the chamber. The speaker, Volodymyr Lytvyn...

  • Robert Verkaik: Bureaucrats are abusing powers designed to trap terrorists
    Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    But the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) does not entertain the idea that the criminal justice system of another EU member state is capable of delivering an unjust outcome. The underlying rationale of the EAW is that there is rough uniformity across Eur...

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