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Friday, 28 May 2010

  • Leading article: The Western consumer can improve conditions for the Chinese worker
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The iPad might have been conceived by US brain power, but it is produced by Chinese hands. The iPad is manufactured at the Foxconn electronics plant in Shenzhen, China's southern industrial capital. And here there have been allegations of staff force...

  • Leading article: The wrongs of the Conservative right
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The subsequent election of Graham Brady, who resigned from the shadow Cabinet in 2007 over the party's refusal to embrace grammar schools, is a clear signal from backbench MPs that the Prime Minister cannot expect an easy ride in the months ahead. Me...

  • Patrick Cockburn: A stable Iraq is still a very long way off
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    "I have never been so depressed about the future of Iraq," said one former minister. "The émigré ruling class which came to power after 2003 is terrible. They have no policy other than to see how far they can rob the state." None of this is very appa...

  • Amy Jenkins: Thanks, SATC, for making women look silly and selfish
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    Failing that, there should be women with placards demonstrating outside every screening. The placards should say things like "Women don't just buy shoes – they make up 47 per cent of the British workforce!" or something more snappy, perhaps, like "Do...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Academy Schools
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    Michael Gove has written to every school offering head teachers freedom from democratic local authority control. They will have the ability to tear up nationally agreed pay and conditions set by Parliament after decades of workers' struggle. Already,...

  • Leading article: Going for a song
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The trouble lies in the fact that the winning country then has to bear the cost of hosting next year's contest. Even when the good times were rolling, the TV bosses in Ireland kept their fingers crossed that they would not win again, only to have to ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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