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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

  • Leading article: In the end, spending cuts are political
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Mr Osborne presented this as a revolutionary development yesterday. But in economic terms, this is nowhere near as significant as Gordon Brown's decision to grant independence to the Bank of England in 1997. The latter handed over real power over a c...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron must decide where power lies
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    But the poetry of a campaign now needs to be translated into the prose of government. This Government will be judged on the basis of policy, not slogans. And, when it comes to policy, detail is all. If ministers are going to revolutionise public serv...

  • Leading article: At the edge of the precipice
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    On previous occasions the eruptions have been quelled either by army coups or by the intervention of the King, the 81-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose position and personal standing have been such as to force the combatants to withdraw in the inter...

  • Letters: Record titles
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    While the critical importance of reducing our growing debt burden is universally accepted, the precise means continue to be hotly debated ("Shock capital gains tax rise angers hardline Conservatives", 17 May). The chosen measures will affect Britai...

  • Leading article: The advantage of information
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    Often in the past, as demonstrated by Gordon Brown's outburst over Oxford University's refusal to admit the former comprehensive school pupil Laura Spence, universities have shouldered the blame for the heavily middle-class composition of our top uni...

  • Andy McSmith: A union in name only: why ballot blunders threaten Unite's resolve
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    Unite must now decide whether or how to deploy its financial muscle in the Labour Party leadership election. It also has a leadership election of its own looming and, for the second time in five months, it has been told by a High Court that it does n...

  • Kim Sengupta: This is a done deal, but the Lib Dems are unlikely to support it
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    Now comes the hard part. Dr Fox will have to deal with a Strategic Defence Review with the three service chiefs fiercely competing for their share of a reduced cake. The fudge with the Liberal Democrats in the pre-nuptial agreement for the coalition ...

  • Peter Tatchell: Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    The two men face up to 14 years in jail under laws that were imposed on the people of Malawi by the British colonisers in the 19th century. Before the British came and conquered Malawi, there were no laws against homosexuality. These laws are a forei...

  • Gary Lineker: It would be hypocritical of me to take payment from MoS
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    It was clearly a case of entrapment. Whatever you think about Lord Triesman and whatever you feel about what he said, his comments were obviously meant for one person's ears and one person's ears only. And however ridiculous these comments might appe...

  • Letters: Political futures
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It is a pity that your leading article of 17 May continues to make the simplistic argument that cutting public spending in the short term threatens the recovery. Provided fiscal tightening is based on lower public spending and not higher taxation, ...

  • Leading article: Tidy vintage
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    But perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised. For Wales has a history of exotic exports which surprise and delight foreign tastes, from David Lloyd George to Shirley Bassey, to Henry VII and Catherine Zeta Jones. Is it really so odd that Wales should pro...

  • Steve Connor: Time to call it a day for all the unfounded hang-ups about the dangers of mobiles
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Indeed it is, because what in effect scientists are trying to do in studying mobile phones and ill health is to prove a negative. They would like to reassure the public, if they can, that mobile phones pose no health risks, but they also know that it...

  • Sean O'Grady: If you get all the bad news out at once, the only way left to go will be up. Or will it?
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Whether by accident or design, the coalition government seems to have written its narrative without too much difficulty. It is this: "Don't blame us for all the painful cuts we're about to inflict on you. Blame Gordon Brown." It's the "trashing" Davi...

  • Katherine Butler: It looks like a victory for Iran – but we've been here before
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It certainly looks like a victory for Iran. Just as the pace of negotiations on a fourth round of UN sanctions appears to be intensifying in the Security Council, Iran signs up to a fuel exchange deal which appears, at face value, to weaken its capac...

  • Gareth Price: Even if the protests can be ended peacefully, Thai society will remain polarised
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Outside mediation, probably by the United Nations, provides the best hope for a peaceful solution to the current stand-off. Agreeing that the demonstrators can avoid prosecution, coupled with the promise of elections, may be the starting offer from t...

  • Liz Hoggard: The earth isn't moving any more
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It sounds like the dark dystopian vision of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (where handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving) or films such as Gattaca and Code 46, where a genetically engineered popu...

  • Michael McCarthy: This is no forecast. Climate change is here and now
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Africa may well be the region where global warming hits hardest in the coming century, a possibility clearly spelled out in the last report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in 2007. "New studies confirm that Afri...

  • Leading article: Brave hearts?
    Wednesday, 19 May 2010

    In some respects, the chamber can already be seen as an improvement. The new Parliament is more representative of the country at large, with more female, more ethnic minority, and more gay MPs than before. And having witnessed the torments of their p...

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