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Monday, 31 May 2010

  • Leading article: A costly misjudgement by Israel
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Confused though the picture might be, however, what has so far emerged conforms to a pattern that has become all too familiar. Confronted with a situation it saw as threatening, Israel applied massive armed force – force that would appear, at least, ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: A blow to relations with its key ally in the Middle East
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    The Turkish government had not directly organised the flotilla of six ships – including the Turkish cruise ship Mavi Marmara – aiming to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, but the foreign ministry had made clear before the Israeli assault that it s...

  • A personal tragedy and a national loss
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    Mr Laws apparently convinced himself that since there was a degree of ambiguity in his relationship with his landlord, James Lundie (they are not civil partners or a couple in social circles), the arrangement remained within the rules. That was a mis...

  • Leading article: Can the cycle of violence be closed?
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Several aspects, however, make this study quite different and thoroughly to be welcomed. The first relates to its genesis. It has been commissioned by Camila Batmanghelidjh's charity, Kids Company, which is known for its innovative work with some of ...

  • Leading article: Premium pay
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    There was no scandal, if only because many of these salaries had already been winkled out and published by campaign groups. Perhaps, too, the £200k-plus public-sector salary has lost its capacity to shock. What was different about this list, though, ...

  • David Strahan: Americans should be thanking BP
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    It may seem grotesque to suggest an upside given the scale of this human tragedy and unfolding environmental disaster: the 11 dead and their grieving families; the potentially devastated wetlands and the sub-sea plumes of crude and toxic dispersant; ...

  • Leading article: The limits of Chinese influence
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    Reading North Korea's intentions is almost impossible. One explanation for its recent bellicose behaviour is that it wants to extort aid from the rest of the world. It has used its nuclear capacity at various times in recent years with this goal in m...

  • Michael Brown: In government you can't expect to protect your privacy
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    The best advice given to me, however, when I was "outed" by Piers Morgan's News of the World "fake sheikh" entrapping an under-age gay boy, 16 years ago, was from my Cleethorpes predecessor (Lord) Jeffrey Archer who resigned from Parliament in disgr...

  • Letters: Slaughter on the high seas
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Eighteen months on from Israel's criminal and merciless bombing of the people of Gaza, the state compounds its crimes by slaughtering aid workers on the convoy of ships carrying aid to the people of Gaza. The bombing of Gaza by Israel, which began ...

  • Thomas Kielinger: Köhler should not have resigned. All he did was tell the truth
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Mr Köhler must have thought hard and deep about his decision – and yet however you look at it, it fails to convince. The reasons he gave during his brief press conference yesterday may sound rational and to the point, but there is a huge gulf between...

  • Kim Sengupta: Kabul still isn't safe for those hunted down by extremists
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    I was in Afghanistan at the time and covered the murder of Mr Tokhi. His family told me how he had pleaded while seeking asylum in Britain that his life would be in danger in a political feud back home. But the Home Secretary at the time decided that...

  • Mark Pack: Why do we demand such high standards of politicians?
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    I say that because, for me, the dividing line between reprimand and resignation in matters of personal financial affairs should be whether or not you have personally gained from a breach of the rules. Even if it turns out David Laws broke the rules (...

  • The case for a Bill of Rights
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    This promise can only be achieved by moving on from the Euro Convention – building on it, but not abandoning it. The redneck conservatives who now want it ditched appear ignorant of the fact that it was their own legacy, supported at the time by Chur...

  • Letters: David Laws
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    I heard David Laws's neighbouring MP, Jeremy Browne, on Radio 4, defending Mr Laws and his £40,000 expenses on two rather odd grounds, first, that Mr Laws wanted to keep his personal life private, and second, that Mr Laws could easily have claimed mo...

  • Leading article: Frugal chic
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    But we can think of some other old frugal practices that might usefully make a 21st-century comeback. Instead of swapping clothes, how about repairing them? When was the last time anyone darned a sock in this country? After all, we keep being told th...

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