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  • 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,...

  • Justice and truth have finally been served
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    Saville's efforts have been criticised because his proceedings took so long and cost so much. Everyone can think of far, far better uses to which £200m could have been put, especially at this time of severe economic difficulty. But the truly spectacu...

  • 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...

  • The World Cup vs the American Right
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

     

  • Letters: Cuts and payments
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    The Europe-wide assault on the public sector will warm the cockles of what passes for the Chicago School's heart. In the UK, having successfully socialised the costs of 30 years of privatisation, deregulation and outsourcing, the forces of "liberal...

  • Leading article: Database of distrust
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    No sensible person disputes that some form of vetting procedure is needed for those who are employed to work closely with children. Recent revelations of sickening abuse by paedophile priests remind us why there need to be special safeguards. But Ms ...

  • Dr Subir Sinha: Rise in brutality is traditional society's revenge on modern life
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    There's a feeling, given the pace of change in modern India, that parents cannot now dictate who their children will marry. If you look at the village councils in Haryana, which adjoins Delhi, they have ruled that couples cannot marry within their go...

  • Crystal Renn: Women as a whole don't separate sizes
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    Part of the problem is this focus on straight sizes and plus sizes. It is creating an "us and them" mentality. We need to change the way we approach the whole thing, and do away with these terms. All we are is a bunch of models, no matter what size. ...

  • Soldier's view: I was in Derry that day. I just wish the Army hadn't been
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    I am not going to say that some innocent people were not killed that day – and I am truly sorry for their deaths, as, I am sure, a lot of other soldiers are as well. But to say that we went into the Bogside on that day to kill civvies cannot be furth...

  • James Nesbitt: Growing up, I knew what Bloody Sunday meant
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    Northern Ireland is a very small place, yet you were able to exist 30 miles away from real hotspots of conflict in relative peace and happiness. I came from a Protestant background but co-existed very easily with Catholics. Growing up, I was aware of...

  • Henry Patterson: For many, Saville has fallen short
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    David Cameron's summation can't be expected to be congenial to many of those who have expended much time and effort to establish a premeditated plan by senior politicians and members of the armed forces to shoot rioters on 30 January 1972. His statem...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Blame game
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    So is it Jabulani? Or is it just balls? That's hardly for us to say, divorced as we are from the frenzy of the action. But teams out in South Africa might want to bear in mind that there are plenty of other factors that have adversely affected sporti...

  • Victoria Summerley: These secret gardens are like some forgotten fairy tale
    Wednesday, 16 June 2010

    This explains the appeal of Heligan, restored in the 1990s after decades of neglect. That and the lessons it teaches us about man's impact on the natural world. Heligan's story is a romantic one. Owned by the Tremayne family, it became a great Victor...

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