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Monday, 14 June 2010

  • Leading article: The dangers of economic forecasts
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    The lower borrowing forecast contradicts David Cameron's hysterical assertion last week that things are "even worse than we thought" in the public finances. To that extent the former Chancellor, Alistair Darling, is indeed owed an apology. But the lo...

  • Joseph Stiglitz: Fiscal conservatism may be good for one nation, but threatens collective disaster
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    In the US, the forces of conservatism are also at work, although there are more voices, mine included, arguing for continuing public investment in the economy. Larry Summers, the President's economic adviser, and Tim Geithner, the Treasury Secretary,...

  • Leading article: Another enlightened call for reform
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    Some are familiar, or already being enacted, such as the proposals to require banks to make a "living will" for the event that they find themselves insolvent, or for all derivatives trading to be conducted on a transparent central exchange, or for ex...

  • Leading article: Give better health a green light
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    One way or another, the "traffic-light" system, devised by the Food Standards Agency, has been under consideration for years. And it does exactly what the name suggests: it colour-codes processed foods – red, amber and green – according to the levels...

  • Mo Ibrahim: Why no one got a prize this year
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    As the publication has been gracious enough to admit since, it was wrong. Many things have been extremely hopeful in Africa over the last decade. Growth has outpaced the rest of the world. World beating businesses have emerged and, given Africa's ric...

  • Peter Tatchell: Ban on same-sex marriage must be lifted
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg supports same-sex marriage, but he's sacrificed it as part of his deal with the Conservatives. So we are left with a Prime Minister and a Deputy who talk gay rights but who are unwilling to abolish the one remaining law that...

  • David Usborne: I was there the last time this grisly execution method was used
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    That was 14 years ago and even today, as Utah prepares for only its third execution by firing squad since the death penalty was restored in the US in 1976, details of that night are still leaking out thanks to the reminiscences of three of the five m...

  • Leading article: A failure of politics, not personnel
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    So who has been held accountable for this fiasco? Which heads have rolled for this incompetence? Well, it turns out that one senior military head will indeed roll this year, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup. Sir Jock was asked to exte...

  • Tim Luckhurst: Hunt's local splash is good news for all
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    In America, such parochial superstars still generate profits. Their British counterparts are less valuable, so ITV's retreat from local news has accelerated. It has taken a long time to prove, but the 1955 Conservative government's division of the UK...

  • Stephen Foley: Obama must convince the American public that he's got this under control
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    But more than anything else, he will want to leave the US public with a message about his own leadership: "I've got this thing." The television address will be the culmination of a frenzied few days of activity designed to put the White House decisiv...

  • Signs of the (end) times
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

     

  • Letters: Wildlife
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    I would not wish to prejudge the Budget, but it would appear from the current wave of cost-cutting measures that this government intends to make the lowest paid bear the brunt of balancing the books. The Child Trust Fund and Becta have already been...

  • Leading article: Invited to No 10
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    In another way, though, we find it regrettable that compartmentalism still rules. Is it not a little patronising in this day and age for gay people to be invited to No 10 as a minority group, rather than as successful individuals in their own right? ...

  • Mette Kahlin: Greater clarity of labelling will stop consumers being misled
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    First, this is a great opportunity to clarify origin and meat labelling. MEPs are voting on how far origin labelling should be required, and the legislation should mean an end to misleading labelling. If the main ingredients are from somewhere differ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Their mineral wealth is impressive, but it won't benefit Afghans any time soon
    Tuesday, 15 June 2010

    Just before the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 I visited an ancient lapis mine in the side of the gorge in the Hindu Kush mountains in north-east Afghanistan. The road to the entrance of the mine was a rutted track which could only just be negotiat...

  • Letters: BP oil spill
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    In its continuing response to the BP oil spill, the United States reveals itself yet again to be an adolescent nation. Everything is someone else's fault and nothing negative is its responsibility. The hugest and most stubbornly unrepentant guzzler o...

  • Leading article: Poor handling
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    This urge to scapegoat individuals for national sporting disappointments is as unappealing as it is nonsensical. One could just as easily argue that Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch, Frank Lampard and all of England's other outfield players w...

  • Simone Troller: Orphans of war deserve our support
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    They don't know where their mother is or whether she made it to safety, and they were terrified that the people who harassed and severely threatened them back home, and who caused their family to flee, might catch up with them. That a growing number ...

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