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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

  • Leading article: The time has come for some realism
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    The Prime Minister has called on the country to "reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice that the armed forces give on our behalf". And the public will certainly do so. But they will also, quite rightly, reflect on the nature of the mission i...

  • Ben Chu: The 'unavoidable' Bugdet?
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

  • Leading article: George Osborne's economic gamble
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    Mr Osborne called it the "unavoidable" Budget. But we should be clear that the Chancellor has made a controversial choice here. The report from the new Office for Budget Responsibility earlier this month indicated that the previous government's fisca...

  • David Prosser: It is the poor who will contribute the most to repairing our finances
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    Note, for example, the additional revenue raised by the VAT hike – upwards of £12bn annually from next year onwards – which is by far the biggest single contributor to the effort to cut the deficit. VAT hits everyone, of course, but takes no account ...

  • Leading article: The merits of co-operation
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    This kind of talk is unhelpful. Reform of pensions is nothing to do with what some union leaders describe as Tory cuts to reduce the current budget deficit. The coalition has tried to signal that by appointing a former Labour pensions secretary, John...

  • Letters: The Budget
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    Mr Osborne's Budget speech was full of battle-speak, seemingly aimed at galvanising us all into contributing to the fight ahead. Indeed, if one were looking at the Budget from the perspective of the thrifty post-war housewife, then the measures ann...

  • Leading article: A token of greater disarray
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    The top US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has been precipitately recalled to Washington after apologising for an article to be published in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was reportedly upbraided by Admiral Mike Mullen, Ch...

  • Simon Read: Mixed news for families, but the real pain lies ahead
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    However, all parents may feel the pain from the freezing of child benefit for three years and the several cutbacks announced in child tax credits, including those not mentioned by Mr Osborne in his main Budget speech. From next April the picture slig...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Strike reveals a weakness in the region's growing powerhouse
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    The Turkish state has not been able to an end a rebellion which has been festering since 1984. Limited concessions might have conciliated the Kurds but the ruling AKP has always backed away from any action that would have left it open to accusations ...

  • Sean O’Grady: Germany needs to spend on its friends
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    "Escape Your Old Home!" the ads run. And where can you find this new real-estate nirvana? Oddly enough, Spain, the European economy that successively enjoyed the most inflated property bubble and the most dramatic crash, and whose banks, especially t...

  • Matthew Norman: Let's leave rebellions to the French
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    Lately it's been impossible to answer the phone or read a paper without meeting the cliché: "Thank God the French are there to make us look less appalling!" I've parroted it myself a dozen times, in classical Blairite fashion always sincerely believi...

  • Alice Jones: Act I, Scene II, Row P
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    Fresh from Italy, the new seats are manufactured by Poltrona Frau, which has previously designed seats for Ferrari and Maserati. As such, they claim to offer "comfort within a tight seat envelope", "curved foam cushions providing good lower back supp...

  • Sean O'Grady: As Harman attacked, Cable turned into Osborne's poodle
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    After George Osborne and Harriet Harman had finished, Nick Clegg would have risen in the Commons, the place would have emptied as usual and, in that reasonable way of his, he would have acknowledged the scale of the fiscal crisis. But he would also h...

  • Michael Brown: A Tory government would have done exactly the same
    Wednesday, 23 June 2010

    This will be a Budget that the Tories will universally accept. Not a single Tory will abstain or oppose these measures. There will be relief that capital gains tax has only been increased to 28 per cent and not to the 40 per cent demanded by the Libe...

  • Letters: Energy and austerity
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    While people may recognise a need for reductions in public spending and increases in taxation in the forthcoming Budget, at a personal level the response is "Not in my back pocket. Yes, of course spending needs to be reduced but not by cutting my j...

  • Leading article: Animal spirits
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    The changes in consciousness brought about by the animal rights movement have been important. But they should not obscure the chasm between animals which live for the moment and humans who – from the domestication of fire, the invention of the wheel,...

  • Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher: I watched as an adult male tore an infant chimp to pieces
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    To watch a full-grown adult male play-wrestle and chase an juvenile or adolescent, it is hard to imagine the callous brutality with which the same male can seize an infant from its mother's breast, tear into its abdomen with its canines and start fee...

  • C Uday Bhaskar: If the army returns, the Kashmiri tinderbox could ignite
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    The mood on the ground is angry and it is something that should be contained as soon as possible since, from the Indian perspective, it has the potential to spin out of control. It is very volatile on the ground but, this time, it's the police on the...

  • Robbie Marsland: I fear this could edge whales closer towards extinction
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    Going into a closed session makes you worry about who is saying what. Now we have no idea how a deal will be struck. In the past, the whaling nations have shown that if you give them an inch they'll take a mile. Already Korea – which is not a whaling...

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