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  • 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...

  • Amol Rajan: The post-Obama Obama is called... Castro?
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

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  • Leading article: We must not dash the hopes of new voters
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    The turnaround in the engagement of voters since the campaign began four weeks ago has been spectacular – and inspiring. The forecasts were all of public apathy and cynicism on the part of a population thoroughly turned off by politicians and politic...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on foreign labour
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    We do need those workers Our mainstream parties need to confront the concern of voters that foreign workers are taking the jobs of British people and explain the benefits they bring to the country. Eighty per cent of foreign workers are from the ...

  • Leading article: Prudence with a purpose
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    Some suspect an attempt by the FSA to prove its worth at a time when its powers are at risk of being transferred to the Bank of England. Perhaps there is an element of that in its calculation. But it does not really matter, since this is precisely th...

  • Susie Rushton: Happiness is hours in front of the TV
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    Our average weekly watch is up by 8 per cent compared to last year, to 30 hours 8 minutes. During the horrifically cold winter and early spring, audiences have been glued to Glee, captivated by Come Dine With Me, bingeing at the Freeview banquet, Sky...

  • Lisa Markwell: The perils of one false move
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    Danny Dyer, the erstwhile "star" of such less than genteel British films as Severance, Malice in Wonderland and the forthcoming Pimp, has another string to his bow, as agony uncle for lads mag Zoo. In the latest edition he advises a reader to cut his...

  • John Curtice: It pays to treat the exit polls with caution
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    How will they know? By conducting a jointly commissioned exit poll in which voters outside 130 polling stations across the country are asked by interviewers from GfKNOP and Ipsos-MORI to indicate how they have just voted by filling in a mock ballot p...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Oh mother!
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    Yet one has to wonder at the social consequences if the ruling had gone the other way. Mother-in-law jibes stretch through history from Juvenal ("Give up all hope of peace so long as your mother-in-law is alive. It is she that teaches her daughter to...

  • Menelaos Tzafalias: 'People are dying now. These things cannot be justified'
    Thursday, 6 May 2010

    Yannis Panagiotopoulos, 48, secretary of a technical university staff union, was there when the bank caught fire. "There were some people who tried to break windows. Every time the protesters saw them, we booed them. I saw the flames come out of the ...

  • 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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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

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The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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