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Friday, 9 April 2010

  • Leading article: A valediction for a tired and tainted Parliament
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    This was a tainted Parliament, discredited more than many MPs initially realised, by the scandal surrounding their own expenses. From serious money-making (thanks to mortgages and house "flipping") to petty foibles – Jacqui Smith's 88p bath plug – th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: University places
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    There are thousands and thousands of A and A* students applying for places. To stand out from the rest, applicants must write a personal statement that proves they are more than just a brainy young thing, but have talents and interests above and beyo...

  • Leading article: Israel's nuclear ambiguity
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    The lesser one, probably, was his desire to avoid another meeting with President Obama – one that might have highlighted not Tehran's suspected drive to build a bomb, but the damaging rift with the US over Israel's continuing settlements expansion in...

  • Amy Jenkins: We haven't 'moved on' on just because we've embraced café life
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    These chains have been remarkably resistant to recession and figures just out show that the big players nearly doubled their numbers last year. Cadbury said that the new shops would serve afternoon tea and chocolate. This strikes me as a mildly stran...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Did statistics damn Lucia de Berk?
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Lucia de Berk, a paediatric nurse, was found guilty of seven murders and three attempted murders of children in her care at Juliana Children's Hospital in The Hague. It was a case that has close parallels with that of Sally Clark, the mother convicte...

  • Rhodri Marsden: The software firms are delighted. But Apple's customers are not
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    But software developers are delighted. The public supposition that digital information and entertainment shouldn't cost anything meant that many developers felt obliged not to charge for their iPad and iPhone apps, and previous methods of embedding a...

  • E Jane Dickson: Women behaving like men does not mean equality
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Lovers stroll, as lovers will, on the wide windswept beaches, and it dawns only gradually that a significant proportion of the entwined couples are constituted of young Moroccan men and much older European women. As a middle-aged woman it is impossib...

  • Jon Savage: How punk bridged the class divide
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Anyone under 40 or so will have grown up with this as a fact, but for those who were there at the time, there will always be a slight sense of wonder: how did a minority cult have such a powerful impact? Today, punk is an acknowledged part of 20th-ce...

  • John Curtice: Party relies on Liberal Democrats voting with heads not hearts
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Third-placed Liberal Democrat supporters have switched significantly to Labour in order to defeat the local Conservative at recent elections. The pattern first became noticeable in 1992, when on average around 1 per cent of the vote seems to have swi...

  • 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: Twisted tweets
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    By which is meant that the new media, from Twitter to Facebook and the rest, could influence the outcome, rather as, it is thought, they helped Barack Obama to the US Presidency. In the event, the first tangible effect of the new media here has been ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'My hair basically always looks like it's had a good going over with an electric toothbrush'
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    There is a shampoo for every colour, length and type, including fly-away, which, of course, has to be tamed – what if your hair were to fly away just before a special occasion? What then? – and ones that ease frizz, probably by talking it down: "Easy...

  • The truth is out there: 10/04/2010
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    *Indian authorities have come up with an innovative way to combat dangerous driving: build more temples. The roads into Shimla are notoriously dangerous, and traffic signs have done little to lessen the problem, said Freakonomics blogger Karan Talwar...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Where US and Russian interests collide
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    But the speed with which Vladimir Putin, Russia's Prime Minister, was on the phone to the head of the interim government, Roza Otunbayeva – giving her a measure of recognition – shows that Moscow wants to see the back of the previous leadership. The ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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