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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

  • Leading article: The limits of Mr Osborne's fairness
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    To give Mr Osborne and his Treasury team their due, there was a notable absence of any small print in the full version that contradicted the speech he gave in the Commons. There were not, as so often in the budgets of Gordon Brown, unpleasant surpris...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on getting married
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Secure couples can look outward Terence Blacker thinks that being unmarried is insecure but exciting while marriage is secure but boring (18 June). Nothing could be farther from the truth. By his own admission, the unmarried spend their time look...

  • Leading article: A welcome breakdown
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Despite the safeguards that were being proposed to accompany a relaxation of the ban – a DNA register for whale meat to prevent illegal hunting, the scope for tightening hunt quotas based on scientific evidence of whale stocks – this would have been ...

  • Kim Sengupta: What now for mission built to McChrystal's orders?
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    The choice of David Petraeus to replace General McChrystal was a surprise but it may prove to be an inspired choice. Although it became clear yesterday that General McChrystal would not survive he still appeared to retain the support of American and ...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Latvia is a small country with a big history
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    It was a pattern that was repeated time and time again: little gifts bestowed with pride and the words "it's Latvian." When I expressed my fondness for the home-made pastries that accompanied one meal, I was presented with three boxes full by the hos...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: To be continued
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    A great cloud of angst was lifted from the southern parts of the British Isles. The inquests have been put on ice. The blame game has been shelved. The interminable argument about 4-4-2 can be given a rest. The national introspection can be put off (...

  • Anthony Rose: A belated response to the upstarts' challenge
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    At the highest level of quality, French wine has little to fear from the New World, but the middle and lower tiers, vin de pays and vin de table in particular, have seemed doomed by an inability to clamber out of a slough of despond of their own maki...

  • Sean O'Grady: Germany's dilemma: protect the euro or her own prosperity
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Germany's budget deficit is modest, at 3 per cent of GDP (ours is 10 per cent), and there is not the same need to repair her public finances. Germany is already paying to rescue Greece and Spain one way, via costly bailouts; a more pleasant way might...

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