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Friday, 21 May 2010

  • Leading article: The euro crisis is a political one and Britain should play its part
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But a financial maelstrom it is, with stock markets falling, the euro currency sliding and politicians openly talking about the biggest crisis for the union since the European Community was founded. That makes Mr Cameron's trip to Paris and Berlin th...

  • Andrew McDonald: The new system is here to stay
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    Gone are the old discredited allowances and in their place are clear, firm and fair rules about what MPs can and cannot ask from the taxpayer to enable them to do the job we elect them to do. Just a fortnight after the election, IPSA is now processin...

  • Letters: DAB Radio
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    DAB currently has a very limited service range – about five miles in my area – before the signal breaks up, while FM has a range of more than 20 miles, and AM on medium and long wave can travel hundreds of miles. The very short range of DAB presents ...

  • Leading article: Dr Venter's research has thrilling possibilities
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    It also provoked rather a good gag about God no longer being a chap with a long white beard but one with a short white one, in the form of the genome specialist behind the breakthrough, Dr Craig Venter. What Dr Venter and his team have done is a majo...

  • Amy Jenkins: A ban on an abortion advert won't make the issue go away
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    It will run on Channel 4 on Monday night and it's made by Marie Stopes International which is hoping to increase awareness of its sexual health services. The laugh/cry thing is to do with the idiocy of it all, I suppose. What exactly is it that the p...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Whatever happened to the new politics?
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But hang on. Whatever happened to the new clean, clear politics we were promised? In terms not of policy or programmes, but of the broader political culture, it's business as usual: dirty deals, stitch-ups, and the continuing erosion of the authority...

  • Jerome Taylor: Violence is common where state justice is hard to come by
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    The importance placed on upholding a family's standing within the wider community fosters a remarkable sense of belonging that enables relatives to pull together during times of immense difficulty. But it can also lead to astonishing levels of brutal...

  • Thomas Klau: Europe would welcome a surprise act of statesmanship
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    The formation of the UK's first coalition government since the Second World War, with its unlikely honeymoon between two semi-juvenile male leads, excites the Westminster microcosm and enthralls the nation (or so we are told). Here, on the other side...

  • 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: Flower power
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    Exhibitors there have been enjoying a good old moan about the huge variety of barriers to success this year. First there was the long winter, the coldest for three decades. Poor temperatures and low levels of light mean that the plant world is three ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Why Britain's road accident victims make car crash statistics
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But please don't ask the Department for Transport for the figures unless you've got an hour to spare and a supply of damp towels to cool your brow. It could be 26,000, 80,000, or 220,000, or pretty well any figure in between. Such are the discrepanci...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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