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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

  • Leading article: A liberating idea, an incomplete policy
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    Liberalising the provision of education is an attractive idea, as well as a simple one. Labour did good things for our schools, in particular the increase in funding and resources. But its habit of trying to micromanage classrooms from Whitehall was ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the constitution
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    Political theatre of the absurd Black Rod was rigid with puffed-up pomp as he battered the Commons door closed so sternly in his face, with the cry of "Strangers!" reverberating round the corridors. Their Lordships and Ladyships waited in ermine-...

  • Leading article: The final goal could be in sight
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    What was not realised then, and is only now becoming clear, is that the drugs which spared sufferers a death sentence also helped reduce, and virtually eliminate, transmission of the virus. One early anxiety among researchers was that while extending...

  • Susie Rushton: Loneliness can be a companion, too
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    I can happily spend 72 hours without human interaction. People: I don't need them. Not when there's that back issue of the New Yorker I've been trying to read for days, not to mention a mound of ironing and the second half of a Curb Your Enthusiasm D...

  • Geoffrey Maitland: 'Top kill' with heavy fluid could stem the flow
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    The "blow out preventers" (BOPs), large valves designed to shut off the top of the wellbore when there's an incident, did not work fully. The plan is to counter the oil and gas pressure by injecting a heavy, high-density fluid into the well. Because ...

  • Kim Sengupta: The accidental war that was a step on Blair's road to Baghdad
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    Sierra Leone was one of "Blair's Wars", along with Kosovo and East Timor. Although it was an accidental war, (we now know the mission took place due to the determination of a British brigadier rather than any clear-cut government direction) it otherw...

  • Sean O'Grady: The diplomatic temperature rises, but the people stay cool
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    This is situation normal. Talk to South Koreans about the crisis and they seem surprisingly serene. Mention Kim Jong-il and the murder of 46 South Korean sailors, and you do not sense the bristling that arises when, say, you drop Taiwan into conversa...

  • Liz Hoggard: Reweaving the morality of fashion
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    Everyone – from countess to commoner – seems to succumb to the Louis Vuitton juggernaut. But not quite. This week the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has just banned a series of print ads for Vuitton, ruling they mislead consumers into thinking...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Kicking carbon
    Thursday, 27 May 2010

    But we believe that the veteran Manchester United defender should not be deterred from his green ambitions. It is gratifying to see an environmentalist footballer. Indeed, we believe Mr Neville should go further in his quest for carbon efficiency. So...

  • 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...

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