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Thursday, 20 May 2010

  • Leading article: Germany faces its moment of truth
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    The likes of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland face a Herculean squeeze on public spending over the next few years which is likely to push their economies into deep recession. Will their governments be able to push through such austerity without fa...

  • Diane Abbott: Back to the future with old Labour
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    And yet the result was far better than we had any right to expect. We locked the Tories out of Scotland. We held seats all over the country that we were expected to lose. And in London we swept the BNP out of office, regained a number of borough coun...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on police powers
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    Clegg and the Great Reform Act Nick Clegg promises "the biggest shake-up of our democracy since 1832, when the Great Reform Act redrew the boundaries of British democracy" (19 May). This shows profound historical ignorance. The Act of 1832 was fa...

  • Leading article: Consensus, not ideology
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    The document also promises "radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups". That financial autonomy is not going to arrive at once, however, because on the very next page of the document we read t...

  • Dr Tom Wakeford: A thrilling breakthrough, but also a frightening one
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    Making cells and animals from individual atoms and molecules is its ultimate, if still fanciful, goal. Like the myth that GM crops would feed the world, SynBio's myth-making could lead the UK Government to waste billions by ignoring wider questions a...

  • David Usborne: Onus on China to put pressure on its barmy neighbour
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    But there are no icebergs in those waters and here we are again confronting an almost inexplicable act of aggression by Pyongyang. The best you could say is that the sub crew bungled and never meant actually to hit the ship, which sank with serious l...

  • Dr Paul Chambers: Future is dark unless both sides are prepared for reconciliation
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    On one side stands the ruling parliamentary coalition, the leading military faction, the King's Privy Council, and anti-Thaksin groups. On the other is the opposition coalition, disgruntled junior and retired military officers sidelined by the domina...

  • Simon Calder: Airline faces the music as 'ABBA' chorus grows
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    From the security checkpoint at the High Court, the Master of the Rolls' Court – hidden on the second floor of the East Wing – is as tricky to track down as one of the more distant gates at Heathrow. At least the latter comes with the prospect of esc...

  • Michael Brown: This will lead to plotting and scheming in the dining clubs
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    It takes something for Mr Cameron to create strong resentments within nine days of becoming Prime Minister. For the whole of my 18 years in Parliament I sat on the Government benches. Throughout that period, no minister ever attended the 1922 Committ...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Education is an end in itself
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    If this doesn't sound very democratic, that's because it isn't. But that doesn't make universities inherently elitist – if that word means the protection and justification of class privilege by the unfair exclusion of others – only historically. The ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Paint job
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    But the more immediate question is: why go to the immense trouble of stealing these works? Famous paintings are virtually impossible to sell on. No auction house will accept them without a history of ownership. The popular image is of some wealthy an...

  • James Moore: The watchdogs must now land some bigger fish
    Friday, 21 May 2010

    So called "shell" companies, with cash in the bank but no operating subsidiaries, have been responsible for a multitude of sins. They were often the leftover wrecks from the dot-com era, and allowed a network of people to make money from the meagre p...

  • 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...

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