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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

  • Leading article: The 2010 election offers a real opportunity for change
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    Gordon Brown leads Labour into the contest on its record of 13 years in power and his own three years as Prime Minister. David Cameron has spent four years renewing the Conservative Party and trying to excise its "nastiness". And Nick Clegg, the rela...

  • Sean O'Grady: So much for the fabled 'big choice'
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    Beyond that, there is little to get excited about. There is what Tony Benn would have called a sort of establishment view now, that the state's borrowing is too big and it needs to be brought down. The IMF says so, as does the European Commission, th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Fixed terms for Parliament
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    Consider what might had happened if President Obama had lost his bid for a reformed health service. By all accounts he would have been almost incapacitated for the rest of his fixed term – the best part of four years. But if the American system had b...

  • Jaci Stephen: There are worst places to die – I could have been in the feminine hygiene aisle
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    After my first earthquake last May, I heeded the advice of the hardware store that first put my kit together. I sleep with money and a torch next to my bed, and there's loads of bottled water in the apartment; and I know to run to a door frame or und...

  • Carola Long: Scrabbling all the way to the bottom
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    Now, however, my critical advantage has been snatched away, before I ever managed to use it. The rules of the classic word game have been changed to allow the use of proper nouns, ushering in people's names – notably celebrities as the makers eagerly...

  • John Curtice: Don't believe all you read in the polls
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    But more polls do not necessarily mean greater clarity. Yesterday was an obvious example. YouGov (together with new boys Opinium) reported that the Conservatives were 10 points ahead, while ICM said the Conservative lead was just four points. Such di...

  • Michael Savage: From the off, they went after key votes
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    David Cameron's trip to Edgbaston in the Midlands was positively dripping with symbolism. It is a seat he will simply have to win if he is to wrest the keys to No 10 from Mr Brown's grasp. A swing of just over 3 per cent, well within his reach, would...

  • Masha Bell: A long-standing but curable problem with our education system
    Wednesday, 7 April 2010

    Nobody can learn much of anything without learning to read and write first. English spelling is so irregular that it makes the acquisition of those skills exceptionally difficult. The most effective way to raise educational standards is therefore to ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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