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Thursday, 27 May 2010

  • Leading article: A fair and economically efficient approach
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    Most of the protests are special pleading and can be safely ignored. People, understandably, do not like the idea of paying more tax on the sale of their second homes and shares. Who would? But the case for the state taxing tax wealth and income equa...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on New Labour
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    The legacy lives on There is much talk by journalists, presenters and pundits about whether or not the demise of the Brown government represents the death of New Labour. We could be forgiven for thinking that, with Gordon Brown's farewell address...

  • Leading article: Deep implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    But even if BP's current "top kill" attempt to staunch the spill quickly succeeds, it will be too late to staunch the public frustration and anger, and the mounting political recrimination, over the disaster. The repercussions are impossible to predi...

  • David Usborne: All eyes on the plume in BP's crisis centre
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    "There is a lot of adrenalin in there, it is extraordinarily intense," says Bob Dudley, the firm's managing director, who ducks out to speak to the sole print journalist let into the building on this morning of especially high stakes. Nothing is stat...

  • Charlotte Philby: Re-organising civil society
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    This is the latest progress meeting for the grassroots charity London Citizens, the largest part of Citizens UK, which brands itself as the national home of community organising. For 13 years the organisation has been bringing together people from so...

  • Jerome Taylor: Politicians have failed to honour their promises to protect sex workers
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    "I want to do everything we can to protect the thousands of vulnerable women coerced, exploited or trafficked into prostitution in our country and to bring those who take advantage of them to justice," she said. But things might not be working quite ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Love hurts
    Friday, 28 May 2010

    No; according to David Suchet the worst thing that ever happened to the thespians of these isles is the invention of the term "luvvies". What a wonderful coinage that was. It summons up a world of pretension, self-absorption, fussiness, neediness. It...

  • 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...

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