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Monday, 5 April 2010

  • Leading article: Debt should not overshadow education in the election campaign
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    The balance sheet is not good. Labour has had three terms to sort out schools, years in which it has tipped money into the system on a scale that may never be repeated. Yet, as with the health system, unprecedented levels of investment have yielded d...

  • Leading article: The BNP has not profited from the publicity it sought
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    This newspaper maintained that the BBC was right to do so. A ban would have been arbitrary and illiberal. It would also have been counter-productive, feeding the BNP's persecution complex and giving traction to the party's claim that a liberal establ...

  • Letters: War in Afghanistan
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    In reality, Afghanistan is a police action; trying to keep the peace between various corrupt warring factions. We also suspect that if we contracted to buy the opium crops from Afghan farmers, a good level of peace and stability could be bought in Af...

  • Leading article: Ending impunity for war criminals
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    Such is the claim put forward by the Aegis Trust, which campaigns against genocide, and which says Britain's failure to properly enforce legislation on war criminals has made it a haven for war-crimes suspects from all over the world. This country on...

  • Omar Waraich: Blasts put Zardari's aim in grim context
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    Apparently timed to coincide with the President's address to a joint session of parliament in Islamabad, the attacks can only strengthen the case for the proposed constitutional changes that would shift most of the president's powers to the prime min...

  • Michael Brown: I wish I'd had the NI policy to call on as a Tory candidate
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    Predictions are a mug's game, but here goes: David Cameron will be Prime Minister in 31 days' time with an overall majority. My bet at the bookies is a working majority of around 30. The Tory Party has, surprisingly, now won the pre-election campaign...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Hay is lovely, except for the festival
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    I wonder what he's going to talk about. As military dictators go he was, I am sure, one of the nicer ones, but his connection with the realm of literature seems tenuous at best, unless I have missed something. Then again, Hay has always been happy to...

  • © John Wisden & Co: The Bedsers live for cricket and are popular wherever they go
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    They were born on July 4, 1918, at Reading, where their father was stationed with the Royal Air Force, and within six months the family moved to Woking. Here they stayed, and to Woking must be given the credit for providing them with chances to take ...

  • Robert Verkaik: How Scotland Yard gave up hunt for war criminals
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    While Britain wrestled in the 1990s with the consequences of historic war crimes committed more than 50 years ago, modern genocides in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo presented Britain's criminal justice system with a new challenge. Newly...

  • Clifford Coonan: Deadly job that shames Beijing
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    The Wangjialing colliery flooding would have been China's worst mining disaster since August 2007, when 181 workers died at two flooded coal mines – 172 at one mine – in Xintai, eastern Shandong Province. Accidents killed 2,631 coal miners in China l...

  • Letters: The new law on prostitution
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The new law is just as pointless. Police will not raid premises randomly, arresting prostitutes and clients ad hoc and then attempting to find out whether the woman was trafficked, and to ascertain whether her client had appointed a legal team to che...

  • Leading article: A timely warning on our attitudes to war
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Instead, it has taken a serving officer in Afghanistan to question whether the manner in which the dead are being honoured is not inflicting some damage on the Army. This is principally because the now almost constant sight of funeral cortèges moving...

  • Peter Popham: Thirst for revenge did not die with the Tigers
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    That's all history now, you might say: Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tamil Tiger leader, creator of the world's most innovative and fanatical terrorist machine, was killed along with his closest comrades trying to escape from the Nanthikadal lagoon on ...

  • Peter Tatchell: Do the Tories support anti-gay discrimination by B&Bs or not?
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Many voters – gay and straight – will be disturbed by his failure to swiftly disown Mr Grayling's support for anti-gay discrimination. The Tory leader needs to clarify whether he agrees with Mr Grayling that B&B owners should have the right to tu...

  • Liz Hoggard: What will Matt Smith do next?
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    I interviewed him 18 months ago when he was on stage in That Face, and knew he was really special. Smart, unpretentious, he can actually talk to women in their forties, a rarity among young actors. And he's completely unvain – as anyone who saw him w...

  • Anne Penketh: Edging towards a nuclear-free world
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    But now that the applause has died down after the US and Russia reached agreement on capping their deployed long-range nuclear weapons in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) follow-on pact, the treaty's limits have become apparent. The Obama ...

  • Chris Patten: Labour never learns the lessons of its own history
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    First, we welcomed home from his travels a Prime Minister neither long gone nor entirely forgotten, though somewhat deficient in the proud legacy department. What was the primary purpose of his electioneering? Apparently the intention was to bless hi...

  • Michael Glover: Hepworth's work was purer and more cerebral than Moore's
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Yet Hepworth has always seemed like the junior partner in their Modernist quest to make British sculpture anew in the 20th century. After all, it was Moore who triumphed at the Venice Biennale in 1948, and Moore whose achievements are memorialised in...

  • Jerome Taylor: 'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word for this pontiff to utter
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The last thing officials want is for Benedict XVI's public agenda to be dominated by a deeply divisive issue that gives succour to its critics. The leader of the world's Catholics operates on an entirely different public relations plane to media-savv...

  • Leading article: As the crow flies
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    A natural cleaner-up of things, it is a shame that mindless persecution drove this formerly familiar creature from our towns and cities. Their return to the whole island is, therefore, long overdue. "He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently cat...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why are the stars of spring yellow?
    Tuesday, 6 April 2010

    Once you start thinking about colours, and go more deeply into it, you realise that numberless people have been down this road before, including some great minds, and they have sometimes come up with very different answers. My own interest has been s...

  • Leading article: Spies like us
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The file indicated that MI5 had problems recruiting spooks who were sufficiently unglamorous; the qualification was to be about 5ft 7ins, look anonymous in an old cap and be good at remaining stationary in all weathers, eavesdropping. Not a recipe fo...

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