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  • Leading article: Mr Cameron and three-party politics
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    Nick Clegg has sailed dangerously close to the wind in recent days, venturing to dictate – so it has sometimes seemed – not only the terms on which the Liberal Democrats might join a coalition in the event of a hung parliament, but the make-up of tha...

  • Leading article: It's not just BP we need answers from
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The company is not popular in Washington as it is, partly because of a series of accidents in recent years, most notably in Texas in 1995 when a refinery exploded, killing 15 people, and in 2006, when a pipeline leaked in Alaska. The big oil companie...

  • Leading article: Pakistan needs to finish the job
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    But it is perilously unclear whether Qasab's conviction will lead to an improvement or a deterioration in Indian-Pakistani relations. There has been deep distrust from the very beginning. Immediately after the attack, Islamabad denied that its nation...

  • Armando Iannucci: The Duffy affair turned the media into a pack of shrieking gibbons
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    I thought this election was going to be different. The seriousness of the financial meltdown that is its background noise, coupled with the dominant and obviously historic position of the live televised debates within it, seemed to be enough to feed ...

  • Jonathan Pontell: Clegg's rise is the sound of Generation Jones clearing its throat
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The election on the 6th of May mirrors a broader battle currently being waged in Britain at large: a generational tug-of-war pitting aging Boomers against this next generation of would-be leaders, occurring from Fleet Street to the City to Westminst...

  • Julian Baggini: Out of sight, out of mind
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Few even know that 1 May 1886 was the date declared by the American Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions for the start of the eight-hour working day. It took violently resisted strikes and years of campaigning to achieve their goal, the f...

  • Leading article: Collapse deferred
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    What happens then depends partly on whether Greece's fractured and mistrustful society can put up with the austerity measures to which the Prime Minister, George Papandreou, has agreed in order to obtain the bailout money. Another unknown is the degr...

  • Letters: Nuclear power
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    Recent political reviews of energy policy have tried to suggest that there are no practical alternatives to the risks of new nuclear reactors – that unless we start on new nuclear construction now, the lights will start to go out by 2015. The real si...

  • Leading article: Wrong headed
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    Frobenius, who dug up the object after bribing the overseer of the sacred site with a small sum of money and a bottle of whiskey, believed he had found evidence of a lost "white" African tribe. And other Western experts dismissed the copper sculpture...

  • Michael McCarthy: So far BP has said the right words – but its actions will be measured now
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    Mr Hayward's statement obeyed rule No.1 for a firm which, directly or not, has caused an event which has outraged the public: don't quibble. BP had leased the rig from its Swiss owners, Transocean. Yesterday Mr Hayward placed responsibility for the s...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Attacks still cast a lengthy shadow over regional politics
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, the civilian leadership in Islamabad made seemingly genuine efforts to co-operate with India, with President Asif Ali Zardari even suggesting – until his idea was quickly shot down by the Pakistani military ...

  • Alastair Hay: It is vital America discloses what weapons were deployed
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010

    Something has to be done to resolve the issue. It is far from clear if there is a real increase in birth deformities or whether it is a case of more cases being recorded. An answer to this could come by comparing records for births before and after t...

  • Letters: The Eurozone
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Seeing how Europe's leaders have responded to Greece's sovereign debt crisis (leading article, 29 April), we are clearly a very long way from the days when Chancellor Kohl and President Mitterrand buried more than a century of Franco-German hostility...

  • Leading article: Hearts of oak
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    It would be strange if this were not the case, for the notion of the country as a living organism that is as prone to disease as a human body is a common one in literature. Shakespeare's Hamlet, after all, refers to Denmark as a "rotten", and not a m...

  • Anne Penketh: To bring Tehran and Tel Aviv on board would be giant step
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Every five years, the nuclear "haves" and "have-nots" within the NPT meet at the UN for a game of nuclear brinkmanship. Often, it results in a dialogue of the deaf, with the non-nuclear states accusing the officially acknowledged nuclear powers – Bri...

  • John Curtice: All still to play for as a Tory majority is far from assured
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The latest clutch of polls, all conducted since the last of the three leaders' debates, suggests the Conservatives have edged a little further ahead. Their average poll rating is now 35 per cent, up one point on their position across all polls conduc...

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