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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...

  • Ben Chu: Why no plan B, Mr Osborne?
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

  • Leading article: An emergency in out-of-hours cover
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    With a few caveats, we agree. On the European Working Time Directive, we would point out that the Government had ample warning of when it would come into force and what effect it could have, particularly on hospitals out of "normal" working hours. Th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Wildlife and cuts
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Dominic Lawson (29 June) argues persuasively that if it is a choice between unproductive public expenditure and expenditure based on personal choice the latter should prevail. However, that is not the choice the Government is making – it is seeking...

  • Leading article: Congo - Africa's disaster
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Congo has suffered from Western influence in the decades since independence, too. During the Cold War the US used the brutal dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, as a proxy against Soviet-backed Angola. But the greatest disaster to have befallen Congo was the...

  • Michael McCarthy: It's down to Osborne to keep climate change on the agenda
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    This seemed very puzzling, and it was a long time before the quite improbable, behind-the-scenes truth began to dawn upon us all: that Mr Blair was not in charge of the domestic policy of his own government. Gordon Brown was. For most of his time as ...

  • 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; ...

  • Leading article: Golden age of television
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Hosts on Vintage TV (who will include Paul Gambaccini, Debbie Harry and Rick Wakeman) will serve up a variety of music, films and shows for those who find the likes of Russell Brand and James Corden something of a turn-off. It will be interesting to ...

  • Emma Soames: It's time to unlock talent for the older generation
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    It seems exciting and I like the idea of all the new music videos, but I would not want to see endless re-runs of The Golden Girls and Bootsie and Snudge. If it produces original programming that is very watchable and not littered with four-letter ...

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