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  • Leading article: A battle in danger of being lost
    Tuesday, 29 June 2010

    The Toronto commitment from world leaders makes broad sense. Though banks were manifestly undercapitalised in the boom years the time is not yet ripe to impose drastic new capital requirements, since this would result in a savage contraction of lendi...

  • Leading article: Incredible capping
    Tuesday, 29 June 2010

    So the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in order to live up to her party's election promises, was yesterday forced to announce a cap on the number of non-EU migrants entering the country. She claimed that these represent a majority of incomers – 52 per c...

  • Leading article: Mr Duncan Smith deserves a hearing
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There are good reasons, however, why the ideas Mr Duncan Smith has mooted deserve more measured consideration than the knee-jerk rejection they mostly received. First, he was careful to avoid any hint of coercion. The word he used was incentives: inc...

  • Made in his own image: The Catholic Church faces another scandal
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    But as a new church scandal exploded last week, hard on the heels of the paedophilia storm, this one involving allegations of massive corruption at the heart of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict's papal career risks being eclipsed by the dark shadow of ...

  • Letters: Football and Glastonbury
    Tuesday, 29 June 2010

    Another major footballing tournament: another abject failure. Why is it that after 44 years of misery heaped upon misery we cannot bring ourselves to analyse the basic defects within the English game which essentially begin at grassroots level? On ...

  • Leading article: Fantasy football
    Tuesday, 29 June 2010

    Calls for the manager to go miss the point in the same way. There are hard questions to be answered about the English game: about the bringing-on of young players; about whether the international glamour of the Premiership inhibits such development; ...

  • Letters: State pension
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    Pension plans are not fair I am wholly persuaded of the need to reduce the level of national debt, and pleased that the new government is setting about the task in a serious manner. I am prepared to play my part, in spite of not being a public-se...

  • Leading article: Towards a common language
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    Mr Obama also appeared to have taken instruction in British political sensitivities since his somewhat chilly first meeting with Gordon Brown. The key to getting off to a good start, he now realises, is to pepper the conversation with mentions of the...

  • Liz Hoggard: What sport teaches us about men
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There's something remarkable about the devotion football arouses in the straight male. He uses phrases like "deep pain" and "euphoria". His capacity to love is seriously tested. "Oh God," a female colleague sighs. "When will it all be over? It's the ...

  • Susie Rushton: A shared experience is even better when we're rubbish
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    "I'd say that was about four levels below abysmal," said Alan Hansen, throwing down the gauntlet, moments after Rooney and his pals had trooped off the pitch at full time. Lee Dixon, next to him in the BBC studio, judged it "the worst team performanc...

  • Leading article: Down and out
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There was one mitigating circumstance: the disallowed second goal. Perhaps the referee's decision put the team out of sorts. It certainly makes a conclusive case for introducing the goal-line technology that has taken so much of the aggravation out o...

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