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  • Andy Gill: Drab world of pop needs McLaren's brand of anarchy
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    McLaren, however, was never solely interested in money. Indeed, it's difficult to think of a single business in which he was involved which seemed like a good earner until he got involved. Try persuading your bank manager that bondage trousers and to...

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

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  • Leading article: First round to the Tories, but the debate remains unreal
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Doubtless to his own surprise – the whole business had the air of a rabbit being desperately plucked from a hat – the Tory leader finds wind in his sales. The Prime Minister's suggestion that Tories bamboozled business leaders over National Insurance...

  • Andrew Adonis: It's madness to split the centre-left vote
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Philosophically it is a nonsense to pretend that the Lib Dems – or the "Social and Liberal Democrats" to give the party its original name – are equidistant between left and right, or Labour and Tory. The Liberal party of Gladstone, Asquith and Lloyd ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Science budget
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Government support has been critical in nurturing this growth. Many scientific developments can be linked to the doubling of the science budget from 1997: medical advances, stem-cell research, alternative energies, nanotechnology. Infrastructure inve...

  • Leading article: A revolution of desperation
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Only this time no one knows whether the forces of revolution have the authority to run the country, whether Bakiyev himself (who has fled to his home town of Osh in the South) could lead a successful counter-revolution and whether indeed the triumpha...

  • Ian Burrell: Newspapers have made up their minds already
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    The Daily Mail, having undergone a long and awkward courtship with David Cameron, showed its support in the way it knows best yesterday by playing the immigration card, criticising the influx of foreigners into the job market with "Labour's Betrayal ...

  • Lisa Markwell: Only so many lessons to be learnt from Martina
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    The news earlier this week that tennis legend Martina Navratilova is suffering from an early-stage breast cancer has caused major ripples throughout the media. Like Kylie Minogue and Jade Goody before her (what odd hospital-bedfellows), Navratilova b...

  • Ben Bernanke: America's economy is showing signs of a return to strength
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    The economist Herb Stein once said, "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop". That adage certainly applies to our nation's fiscal situation. Inevitably, addressing the fiscal challenges posed by an ageing population will require a willingnes...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A bridge too far
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    But that is to underestimate the bibbers concerned. These are no ordinary critics. Hugh Johnson, Stuart Pigott and Jancis Robinson are the doyens and doyennes of their trade. The British may not understand food, but they do know their wines and the R...

  • Mark Borkowski: It's maudlin, but it's also pure genius
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    As this saga has developed we've watched Tiger casting himself upon the mercy of the cameras – a kind of therapy in the public eye. This continues that theme. It's like it's from In The Psychiatrist's Chair. But it's not what anyone would have expect...

  • Susie Rushton: A riverside idyll that's mostly undiscovered
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Given the balmy day, and that this stretch had featured as the backdrop to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race just 48 hours earlier, it was amazingly quiet; too quiet, I thought, as two wild-eyed men, one with tattoos on both cheeks, passed us. (It's a b...

  • Michael Savage: Does Paxman have a Lib-Dem blind spot?
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    Newsnight producers have dutifully wheeled on Liberal Democrats for panel discussions, but its combative front man, Jeremy Paxman, has not been so reverential to the unfortunate sap occupying the third chair. First to find out was John Thurso, throw...

  • Gayanenda Rai: 'I nearly died for this country'
    Friday, 9 April 2010

    The British Army surgeons who operated on me were the finest in the world. They had to work on terrible injuries. Despite the battlefield situation, they did everything to save my life and the lives of my comrades dying around me. When I had to leave...

  • 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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