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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

  • Leading article: This historic opportunity must not be missed
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    That feeling – combined with the enduring uncertainty over the result of the election – is a tonic for our democracy. The public sense that their vote matters. When one considers that this campaign began against a backdrop of rampant cynicism and apa...

  • 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: We should aim at tighter nuclear inspection
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    Supporters point out that since the NPT came into force in 1970 – and contrary to widespread fears at the time – only four states have joined the five original members of the nuclear club. For this relative success, the Treaty is given much credit. B...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Election issues
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    Vote Lib Dem if you agree with their policies, but do not see them as part of an anti-Tory alliance. If there were such a thing it would be a two-way process with Lib Dems voting Labour in relevant seats, and a guarantee of not supporting Cameron a...

  • Leading article: The Great Rebalancing
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    Taken together, they are a glimpse of the gradual rebalancing of the British economy – towards selling the rest of the world our goods and services, rather than selling each other flats and houses in an economically pointless spiral. Avoiding being t...

  • Robert Verkaik: Court of appeal has taken a welcome stand for fairness
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    Yesterday's Court of Appeal judgment in favour of six former Guantanamo Bay inmates goes to the very heart of what constitutes a fair hearing in a British court. The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, who headed a panel of three appeal judges, comp...

  • Omar Waraich: US pressure on Islamabad will only increase
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    The failed attack on Times Square follows a series of alleged plots on US soil suspected to involve American citizens. Two of them were traced back to Pakistan. In February, Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado-based airport shuttle driver, admitted to a plot...

  • John Bridson: I don't understand the anger towards those who expose child abuse
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    I have followed with disbelief the behaviour of politicians, the press, the establishment, the colleges and the General Medical Council towards the doctors in trouble. I don't yet fully understand the root of the anger towards people who were exposin...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Vile charge
    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    But there we have the evidence. The bodies of frogs have been left by the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal, minus their limbs. Can't be rats then, or snakes. They'd have eaten the poor frogs whole. Yet wait a moment. There's no proof that the water...

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