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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

  • Leading article: Mr Osborne must be more radical
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    The Chancellor spoke at some length last night of his planned regulatory overhaul, which will dismember the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and transfer the bulk of its powers to the Bank of England. The FSA was, indeed, next to useless in the yea...

  • 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...

  • Paul Birrell: Should we give aid to countries which execute LGBT people?
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    But I’m disappointed. Disappointed that so much still remains to be done. Earlier this month, a duty manager at a central London pub refused to serve an LGBT group. A few months ago, the owner of a bed and breakfast refused to take in a gay couple, a...

  • Letters: The legacies of Bloody Sunday
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    It is wrong that soldiers shot civilians, almost all of whom were unarmed and none of whom, according to Saville, represented a threat to the military. We should take note that, according to Lord Saville, Martin McGuinness was present at the time of ...

  • Susie Rushton: When the coach must find the right words
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    It's textbook sports psychology. First, give a compliment, to lift spirits. Then add criticism, to spur effort and drive. Classically, in what's known as the "sandwich", a coach then offers a final compliment, assuaging the sting of criticism. Capell...

  • Leading article: Testing the limits
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Sir Peter makes some persuasive arguments. No one should be in command of a ton of fast-moving metal if their judgement is seriously impaired by drink. Yet society must weigh against that the social impact of removing from the vast majority of driver...

  • Major General Julian Thompson: You can't blame the armed forces for feeling let down
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Let me make it quite clear that the loss of lives on Bloody Sunday was a terrible thing to have happened and one can only sympathise wholeheartedly with the bereaved families. These were among many deaths in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and i...

  • Sean O'Grady: If Greece was Northern Rock, Spain is Lehman Brothers
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    The first was serious indeed, and a precursor of worse to come, but it did not shake the world; Lehman Brothers was globally systemic, just as Spain is. Spain's economy is five times the size of Greece's; she is too big for Germany and France to save...

  • Obama Sketch: He smouldered but he never really caught fire
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    He did not the waste the moment, though. In fact, it was hard to get him off the air. Generally, when commanders-in-chief get behind what is known as the Resolute Desk, to impart grave news or inspire national courage, they keep the cameras lit for l...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Height of fame
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Which makes the designation of Broadcasting Place in Leeds as one of the four best towers erected around the world in 2010 all the more comforting. The award, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, puts Leeds Metropolitan University's ne...

  • Jeremy Laurance: 'Traffic light' system would have helped us
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    For the beleaguered shopper in the supermarket, making choices is not easy. Does "90 per cent fat-free" mean high or low in fat? How will this cereal "protect the heart"? The European Commission promised to bring order to the high street and help sho...

  • 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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