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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

  • Michael Bywater: Just print anything, it's in the bag
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

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  • 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...

  • Leading article: An arms treaty and other reasons for East-West hope
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    Today's meeting between the US President, Barack Obama, and Russia's President, Dmitry Medvedev, to sign a replacement for the Start treaty is the most promising development for many years in what used to be called superpower relations. While an agre...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The baby-boomers
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    We were born into post-war austerity. Yes, we had free (more correctly, means-tested) access to university, but we also had a very strong work ethic combined with a compulsion to live frugally. My husband, a mining engineer, worked 11-12 hours a day ...

  • Leading article: An undignified scramble to legislate
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    Of the bills earmarked for scrapping, it is most regrettable that the Government has given up on its promise to reform the libel laws, which are so absurdly skewed in favour of the plaintiffs that they have turned Britain into a beacon for so-called ...

  • Rupert Murdoch: We're going to stop Google taking our stories for nothing
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    We've had all along about a million people pay for the Wall Street Journal online, WSJ.com. Some also buy the paper and use [the website] to keep up to date throughout the day on breaking news, on markets and so forth. We're going to keep that and e...

  • Marcus Tanner: Patience of a long-suffering people was bound to run out
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    Bishkek was a post-Soviet ruin where the potholed avenues were reverting to the muddy tracks they had once been. The city's greatest landmark, the national museum, was another run-down shrine. Old people associated the Soviet era with electricity, bu...

  • Michael Brown: Anyone who says they like elections is definitely lying
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    My first campaign, in 1979, was as a 27-year-old Tory candidate challenging a Labour MP in Brigg and Scunthorpe – a hitherto hopeless prospect for my party. Those four weeks seemed never-ending. An hour felt like a day; a day was a week. Although I w...

  • Skye Gyngell: Women don't buy into the cult of the macho celebrity chef
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    But the style of cooking most revered these days is also distinctly male. People seem to want clever food with as many things balanced on a plate as possible – things like jus jellies, foams and reductions. There is also a cult of male celebrity chef...

  • Ian Burrell: Site's success is all down to its anonymity
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    For starters, in the digital age the whistleblower is more conscious than ever of the dangers of leaving a trail that can be traced by an employer. In another era secrets arrived in plain brown envelopes – but even then, whistleblowers like Foreign O...

  • Liz Hoggard: Sorry, but posh people are different
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    "I am not a team of one," he added firmly, contrasting himself with David Cameron, the old Etonian son of a Scottish stockbroker and a baronet's daughter. And I for one am with him. Old Etonians look away, but if you've always had to make your own fa...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: A woman's place
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    No need to look only at MasterChef for proof. Years ago, women cooks fronted almost all TV food shows, wrote virtually all cookery books and generally dictated the tone of the nation's kitchens. Marguerite Patten gave way to Fanny Craddock who gave ...

  • Daniel Howden: Truth and lies in the wake of village massacre
    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    Amid a collection of mud-walled huts with tin roofs and battered metal doors, the teenager showed me where her family had awoken last month to find their village under attack from armed raiders. She pointed to the spot where she had hidden from gangs...

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