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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

  • Martin King: A fresh start for comments on independent.co.uk
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    They may be fun to read, but all of us need to reconsider how they appeal to our baser instincts - and whether they actually threaten the future of free speech rather than prove a valuable demonstration of it. It has been hard to excuse the excesses ...

  • Leading article: The case for industrial activism
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    But it emerged yesterday that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, traditionally charged with supporting this sector of the economy, is to provide a significant chunk of the £6.2bn in early savings from the coalition Government. So is ...

  • Michael Brown: Integration a cause for celebration
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Although, as sovereign, she has seen pretty much everything in politics, her new coalition government is still a first – even for her. And for the rest of us, trying to play catch-up with the tumultuous events of the past fortnight, the game of which...

  • Leading article: A liberal but fragile legislative agenda
    Wednesday, 26 May 2010

    But did the speech make up in substance what it lacked in novelty? The legislative programme is a mixture of the good, bad and the potentially revolutionary. Among the good were the bills to scrap ID cards, channel more funding to schools that take i...

  • Leading article: A landscape of limited options
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    As usual, the North's motives may only be guessed at. Perhaps the attack was calculated revenge for an earlier skirmish between patrol boats from the two countries close to the disputed maritime border between them, in which the North came off distin...

  • Virginia Ironside: Did none of the jury have a normal childhood?
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Not only did the girl herself at one point say that she hadn't been raped: all they had been doing, she had said, was showing each other their willies and fannies. But one of the boys clearly didn't have a clue what sex was all about. Did none of the...

  • Letters: Dunkirk spirit
    Wednesday, 26 May 2010

    The reason why the Labour leadership contest is getting off to such a slow start is that none of the contenders knows what Labour stands for or believes in. This is clearly seen in Ed Balls's article (17 May), which lacks policies, principles or pa...

  • Leading article: Gang warfare and political failure
    Wednesday, 26 May 2010

    For almost a year the Jamaican government of prime minister Bruce Golding has refused to extradite him, fearing that exactly this kind of mayhem would ensue. But a few days ago Mr Golding caved in to pressure from the Obama administration to prove he...

  • Letters: Austerity
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    I have just had the pleasure of two great friends staying with me. Both work for BA, which marred this pleasure. While passengers can and will fly with other airlines, shareholders can hold on or sell, my friends are very worried about their jobs a...

  • Lisa Markwell: Beware ad people selling 'event TV'
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    We would believe, from the insistent promotion and trailers, that if we don't watch sociopath Tony Gordon go rampaging round Weatherfield in real time next week, that we'll be missing out. Sorry, this is a soap opera we're talking about, which is on ...

  • Leading article: Fit to bus?
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    That said, the open-top bus tour for football teams seems to becoming almost routine these days. Norwich took to the streets earlier this month when they were promoted to the Championship. And so did Bournemouth and Rochdale when they won promotion t...

  • Kim Sengupta: Bomb diffusers have the most dangerous job
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    The reality of the drama and tension of bomb-disposal work is very sobering for those of us who have seen these men head towards a bomb as the rest of us cower behind makeshift defences. During the "long walk" the bomb disposal officer not only knows...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Medicine needs mavericks – but he was just wrong
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    For 12 years he has painted himself as a campaigner on behalf of the children brought to him by desperate parents searching for the cause of their offspring's suffering. His suggestion of a possible link with MMR vaccine chimed with parents' deepest ...

  • David McNeill: Diplomatic stand-off likely to drag in an unwilling Beijing
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Posted underneath photos of the sailors, who often clutch children or other family members, are hundreds of emotional messages from mourners that occasionally stray into angry calls for revenge. Sabre-rattling and florid rhetoric have long been part ...

  • David Whitehouse: What other mysterious craft are silently circling above us?
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Whatever other celestial secrets are out there, they are well-hidden among a remarkable array of other orbiting craft, governmental and commercial alike. And just over fifty years since the first artificial satellite was launched, our world has come ...

  • Avner Cohen: Yitzhak Rabin would have opposed sale of nuclear weapons
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    But nothing in the documents suggests there was a formal offer by Israel to sell nuclear weapons to Pretoria. The conversations amounted to a probe that seems to have gone nowhere. Mr Peres, the defence minister at the time, is 85 years old and has b...

  • Leading article: Call of the wild
    Wednesday, 26 May 2010

    Scientists have discovered that the abrupt frequency shifts used in Hollywood film scores to heighten the intensity of moments of horror are similar to the distress calls found throughout the animal kingdom. It turns out that film composers inadverte...

  • Nick Hasted: Florence more likely to top the bill than Stones
    Wednesday, 26 May 2010

    But the Glastonbury organiser, Michael Eavis, would have to hand over all the festival's profits and more to make the Stones juggernaut roll for a one-off gig. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are hibernating and Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are booked else...

  • Lord Patten: My town used to be a joke. Who's laughing now?
    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Now Blackpool, supposedly a small club, has the chance to catch the imagination by playing in in the toughest league going. It will boost the hotels, the tourism industry and, I suppose, the local "WAG" trade. It will most of all recall those glory d...

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