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  • Leading article: Europe's leaders are still not doing enough
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    The €110bn IMF-eurozone funding package to remove Greece from the international capital markets for three years is better than nothing – but it is still not enough. It is becoming increasingly clear that Greece will need some form of debt restructuri...

  • Andy McSmith: Result unlikely to keep his party critics at bay
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    He can also claim that he is the leader who finally pulled the Conservatives out of the mire. Though the early signs last night were that the Conservatives had not done as well as they had hoped, Mr Cameron's spin-doctors wasted no time pointing out ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on rail travel
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    No need for HGV here I agree whole-heartedly with the letter from Ally Horne (28 April), referring to the high cost of high-speed rail, and I can add some detail. As manager of one of Britain's leading European rail-ticketing agencies, I have to ...

  • Leading article: A boycott will benefit nobody
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    The response to the boycott call would appear to be patchy but – even on the most conservative of estimates – it looks as though about 4,000 primary schools will be boycotting the tests. Some estimates put the figure as high as 8,000. Even 4,000 out ...

  • Mary Dejevsky: A little voter fraud goes a long way
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    But I wonder how long one rather admirable feature of British elections will, or indeed should, endure: the absence of any check on identity. The reason I ask is the proliferation of fraud allegations before the vote. This is not the first time, of c...

  • Sean O'Grady: Soon there will be nowhere left for the losses to go
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Now, once again, many of the banks are refusing to be open about the scale of their losses on the devalued securities they hold. So the suspicions are growing again and they are starting to be wary about lending to each other, freezing the money mark...

  • Sean O'Grady: The next challenge is to find the policies to complete the package
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Still, it is an undeniable disappointment. Unlike the other two parties – who must nurse their own private much larger disappointments – the Liberal Democrats cannot possibly blame the leadership. Nick Clegg, thanks to an obligation on the part of th...

  • Nigel Morris: A personal rebuff for Brown, an existential threat to his party
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    It is also a personal rebuff for Gordon Brown, who becomes only the second sitting Prime Minister since 1979 to lose a general election. Whatever the exact make-up of the House of Commons, 6 May 2010 will go down in political history as marking the d...

  • Michael McCarthy: Return of the native: the great secret of 20th-century botany
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    But the Silverdale plant itself is a bit of a mystery. It is not certain that it is entirely wild, and it may have been planted out. There are indications that it came from Central European stock. Dr Michael Fay, head of genetics at the Royal Botanic...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Flower power
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Police tape surrounds the site. Foot patrols make hourly visits. And, this being Britain, CCTV is being discussed. One cannot help wondering whether the police would have been quite so solicitous had the orchid set up home at the top of a steep hill,...

  • Daniel Howden: Choice of deputy will reveal Jonathan's gameplan
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    All eyes are instead on two appointments – one inevitable and one possible – that could go a long way to deciding what happens next in Nigeria. The newly sworn-in Goodluck Jonathan must name a vice president. The strength of that appointment will rev...

  • 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 ...

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