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  • Leading article: Cutting now remains a risk to the recovery
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    Sadly, such rewards may be scant. The reality, as the Conservatives recognised in opposition – when they were attacking their opponents' "efficiency savings" – is that cutting down on waste is the oldest trick in the book for a politician in a corner...

  • Leading article: The coalition experience starts here
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Yet the personal rapport and relaxed bonhomie on display yesterday set a pleasing and optimistic tone that contrasted sharply with the tired earnestness of the outgoing Labour government. And while, after 70 years in abeyance, the art of governing in...

  • Simon Hughes: The Liberal Democrat party is stronger than ever
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    This is the best available outcome for liberalism and for the country given last week's result. By entering into this coalition Liberal Democrats will be able to deliver on all of the four major policy priorities that we campaigned for at this electi...

  • Mary Ann Sieghart: Two of a kind - a coalition of style and substance
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Yet Nick Clegg and David Cameron are not identikit products of the upper-middle-class, the public-school system or the British Establishment. And the subtle differences in their backgrounds explain a lot about the men they are today and the chances o...

  • Letters: Perspectives on Labour after Brown
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    Save us from the 'centre-left' Miliband v Miliband would be ideal, because nothing could better encapsulate the takeover of the Labour Party by a subculture defined by its vitriolic hatred of that party, by an almost complete ignorance of it, and...

  • Leading article: A welcome victory for liberty
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    The court has proved controversial, with more than 4,000 families making complaints about the way it operates. They claim it treats relatives with undue suspicion, pays risibly low rates of interest when it takes control of sufferers' bank accounts, ...

  • Romana Canneti: Right to freedom of expression was a cause worth fighting for
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    This principle, which was famously reasserted by Lloyd George's Lord Chief Justice (Lord Hewart) in 1924 has led to the almost universal opening of the British court system to the press, if not to the public. Last year even the family courts, whose h...

  • Richard S Ehrlich: Bold, carefree and with plenty of enemies, he was always a target
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    But when I interviewed him in the streets a stone's throw from where he was shot yesterday by a sniper nesting in a high-rise building, he strolled confidently along the barricades, signing autographs, carefree and bold. He allowed himself to be phot...

  • Letters: Moral of Harold Macmillan's coat
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Back at Westminster, our teacher blagged her way into the House of Commons. The Commons chamber was very dark, with intricate carved wood, festooned with cobwebs. The green leather benches looked very soft and inviting but we were warned against touc...

  • Leading article: Radical new thinking required
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    The leadership question is critical for Labour. The party needs a skilful and nimble performer if David Cameron and Nick Clegg, with their formidable presentational skills, are not to sweep all before them. And here Labour does have reason to be mode...

  • Simon Calder: A little knowledge about plane crashes can be a dangerous thing
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    In most respects high-speed communication benefits society, but not when it heightens fear and alarm, as these two instant responses are likely to do. Travellers' perceptions of risk are already quite distorted enough. Each response appears superfici...

  • Clifford Coonan: Fear at the gates of my son's school
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    However, getting into this happy event was no easy task. "Dad, I have something very important to tell you. Please listen very carefully," my son said two days before the event as he explained the security arrangements for his big day. The scene outs...

  • Sean O'Grady: Pragmatism will hold Osborne and Cable together
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    At that point the Con-Lib deal will face its first real test. The reality of immediate cuts in public spending will become apparent, and the left-radical wing of the Liberal Democrats will be asked to stretch their loyalty to Nick Clegg still further...

  • Susie Rushton: Now for male bonding, part 2
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    I don't pretend to be on top of the details, or even who all the players are in Fabio Capello's initial selection (am I supposed to have heard of Leighton Baines? Of Michael Dawson?). It's the stuff around the edges of this carnival of testosterone t...

  • Leading article: The right call
    Friday, 14 May 2010

    There is no doubt that the mobile phone has become a latter-day liberator. The ability to be contacted anywhere has brought new flexibility and freedom to our daily lives. But other people's phones, like other people's cars, can become a tyranny. It ...

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