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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

  • Leading article: Some long-awaited cheer for liberal hearts
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    There is much to cheer liberal hearts in the Deputy Prime Minister's programme. He sounded the death knell for ID cards, the national identity register, biometric passports and the database of 11 million children. None of these will be missed. The pl...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the price of oil
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Shell's plans to harness gas On 27 April you reported on gas flares in Nigeria. You are right that the reason for flaring is rooted in the past when there were no markets for the gas; we are agreed that it is wasteful. All of us in Nigeria want t...

  • Leading article: An inconveniently persistent truth
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    The scandal surrounding the leak of private emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia was deeply damaging with its allegations that scientists fudged and fiddled the figures to bolster the case for international action. ...

  • Ian Burrell: London's new Olympic heroes - don't sneer...
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    It was a reasonable question, given the howls of outrage that followed the unveiling of the £400,000 London 2012 logo three years ago. And although he looked every inch the school games teacher, the double Olympic gold medallist thought it best to fi...

  • Steve Connor: A worrying set of results for marine life – and for humans
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Sea surface temperatures have been gathered over the decades by either throwing buckets over the side of ships, or by directly measuring the temperature of seawater drawn in through the engine intakes of ships. The discrepancy between these two metho...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Honey, the kids must see this film
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    It is a blindingly simple idea, and one that should be adopted by this country as well. It won't be, because we are both stingy and stupid – but it should. The problem is that, even bearing in mind their weird devotion to the films of Jerry Lewis, th...

  • Denis MacShane: India is key to solving Afghanistan
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Conservatives talk grandly about creating a "war" cabinet to wage war in Afghanistan. Mr Cameron should find a word other than "war" to use. We are winning battle after battle: when British troops take on the Taliban face to face, there is only one w...

  • Susie Rushton: For me, every day is bloomsday
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Cut flowers are one of life's greatest indulgences, as Elton John knows only too well – he once admitted to spending £293,000 on bunches in a single year. Flowers lift the heart for two or three days, then wilt and depress it, producing a morose atmo...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Laugh a minute
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    For all his 13 years in parliament, Mr Opik is probably best known for what popular newspapers always described as his "colourful" private life. There was his liaison with the ITV weather girl Sian Lloyd. Then an affair so public with one half of the...

  • Tobias Hill: Weighty themes, handled with wit: new Farrell readers are in for a treat
    Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Troubles never plods. Although not a page turner, it is very hard to put down. His great subject is the death of empire and he is sublime on the Irish character. But where he is outstanding is in the sympathy with which he examines this demise. His s...

  • 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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