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Friday, 14 May 2010

  • Leading article: The Tories must demonstrate they have moved on from the old dogmas
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    Many will find this rather hard to stomach. In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Conservative Party was even more gung-ho over Iraq than Tony Blair. And Mr Hague himself has always been a Thatcherite Atlanticist, as reflected by the speed ...

  • Michael Bywater: This is what men do. They fight each other, and then they make friends
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    But why are we so surprised? This, we have been repeatedly told, is the first occasion since the Second World War in which such a thing has happened, but instead of feeling grimly determined, the country seems to be curiously chipper, as though havin...

  • Letters: Proportional representation
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    Our present system never gives the people of Britain what, as a whole, they voted for. The latest election outcome is no different in that regard. However, the accident of a hung parliament now gives an opportunity to break out. In the longer term, e...

  • Leading article: An encouraging tale from the North Sea
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The decline of a species which was once so cheap and plentiful that it formed the basis of our national dish is an episode worth revisiting. Marine scientists have no exact figure for the historic, natural level of cod in our waters, but we can be su...

  • Armando Iannucci: Fear and loathing have mixed with a yearning optimism
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    That's the baffling thing about this week. No one has anything to compare it by, and people generally don't know whether to be delighted or appalled. How would you have felt if Blue Peter had teamed up with Magpie or Take That had merged with McFly o...

  • Kim Sengupta: An Afghan exit strategy will test this special relationship
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The loosening of ties was inevitable after the era of Tony Blair's moist-eyed adoration of George W Bush ended. The rapport between Barack Obama and Gordon Brown hardly reached the same level, a situation embarrassingly highlighted last autumn when t...

  • Duncan McCargo: Thailand is deeply fractured and anarchy has come closer
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    In the past, military coups have generally been tolerated by many and there has never been sustained grassroots resistance to a coup. The tens of thousands of Red Shirt protesters, mainly supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, are singularl...

  • Amy Jenkins: Riding through the glen, storming out of the studio
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    But what about worldwide acclaim? Surely that kind of recognition and success would make one feel better about oneself. And what about rock-solid A-list movie star status? What about an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe? Nope. Sorry. It just doesn't ...

  • 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: Pompey and circumstance
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The other team is a bankrupt shell of a club, which has passed through the hands of four dodgy owners in the past year, and is facing a future of, at best, second-tier league football and, at worst, oblivion. Has there ever been an FA Cup final quite...

  • Keith Vaz: This attack will not change the way we conduct our business
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    We need to publicise these events and so everyone in the country knows exactly where their MP is on a Friday or Saturday morning. It is the same for us all no matter how high or low your profile is. The problem, of course, is that there is absolutely...

  • Deborah Ross: 'If you solely read the 'Islington Gazette' you’d think this was a borough of bunny murderers'
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    As I turn the pages, it is horror this, and horror that, and yet more photographs of children with their faces painted, and not a word about the 60 new trees that have been planted along Station Road, or the £16m being spent to refurbish Ironmonger R...

  • Michael McCarthy: This shows that change isn't always for the worse
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The majority of bulletins about change in the environment point in one direction only: for the worse. As the human population continues its remorseless expansion from 6 billion in 1997 to at least 9 billion by 2050, the scale and impact of human acti...

  • 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...

  • 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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