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Thursday, 3 June 2010

  • Leading article: An industrial-size economic challenge
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    At times this felt more like an Apologia Pro Vita Sua than a ministerial address. Mr Cable took the time to outline his philosophy of capitalism. He dismissed the notion that he is a closet socialist. He pledged his support for global trade, pointing...

  • Leslie Carrick-Smith: Community spirit will be invaluable for those coping with the shooting trauma
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    After the sense at first of unreality and disassociation, that "this is happening", followed by a huge sense of helplessness at the inability to control the situation, it is by no means inevitable that everybody will go on to suffer from post-traumat...

  • Leading article: The price of Britain's drinking problem
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The health watchdog has come up with various recommendations which it argues would curb excessive drinking, from banning alcohol advertising, to more probing from doctors on patients' consumption levels, to a minimum price on a unit of alcohol. It is...

  • Letters: Quangos take over policy
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    They may well have merit, but they hive off to quangos those decisions which governments should have the guts to take themselves. Brown was lauded for setting up the MPC; but my inference then was that he could not trust himself to set interest rates...

  • Leading article: Cumbria shootings are beyond understanding
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    There may have been lapses in the gun-licencing procedures which allowed the 52-year-old taxi driver to possess both a shot gun and a rifle. But one should be cautious, as the Prime Minister argued yesterday, about drawing hasty conclusions on the ne...

  • Christopher McCabe: What lessons can we learn from this?
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    So we are going to have to manage these drugs and these prices in a way that protects the NHS because, once spent, this is money that cannot be used for other people's healthcare. And that's the problem. This is the point that is often missed – every...

  • Steve Connor: A year and a half in isolation may be hard, but it's not the real thing
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    The most obvious difference for the six men who will spend 520 days in five inter-connected modules on the ground in Moscow – apart from the lack of real danger – is that they will not be exposed to the weightlessness of space, a state that takes its...

  • Jerome Taylor: Not even the Vatican is free from health and safety
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    Although there were security concerns, it was nothing like the multi-million pound operation that will cocoon Pope Benedict XVI behind a wall of steel this summer. Across the country, enormous open-air events were held at a time when the concept of h...

  • David Usborne: Disaster is casting dark shadow over President's reform agenda
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    The spring of this year had seemed like a time of suddenly rising fortunes for Mr Obama's still young presidency. Healthcare reform was finally done, he was pushing Congress towards sweeping financial reform and the economy was beginning to create jo...

  • Kristin Hadland: I've seen a lot of grim sights, but I could not hold back the tears
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    It had begun as a normal day's filming with the North Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew. When the calls began to come in with reports of shootings and we were called to the North-West, all we were told was that there was someone in Cumbria shooting people...

  • Letters: Perspectives on science
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The best way to get to the truth Yasmin Alibhai-Brown ("Scientists don't always know best", 31 May) is entitled to her views, but she clearly has no understanding of the scientific method, which has time and again proved to be our best – probably...

  • Leading article: Prudential shareholders awake
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Time will tell whether their caution was justified or not. If the Asian arm of AIG floats and receives a valuation greater than the price Prudential was proposing to pay for the business, Mr Thiam and the rest of the Prudential management team will p...

  • Richard Garner: A degree of honesty is needed
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Yesterday's report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, one of the most revered higher education think tanks, argues that not only is this "not feasible" but it is also not "desirable". The institute is certainly right to say it is not feasibl...

  • Catrina Stewart: Passengers on flotilla had al-Qa'ida links, claims Israel
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    In claims that drew sharp denials from the activist group in question, the Israeli government has alleged that Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), uses its humanitarian missions as a cover for support of terrorist groupings. IHH is a Turkish charity that prov...

  • Nagham Mohanna: During the siege, all you can do is remain hopeful
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    This step was enough to let us know that the world realised that there's a horrible situation in Gaza, where Israel is trying to make us lose our dignity. They can't lift the blockade but it gives a big lift to the people here. We were so happy with ...

  • Michael McCarthy: Echoes of the day horror was visited on Hungerford
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The similarities with yesterday's bloodbath in Cumbria are striking, with in each case the gunman picking out more than 30 random targets over several hours and blasting them, before shooting himself dead. The only difference is in the percentage of ...

  • Keith Ashcroft: A simmering anger fuelled by low self-esteem and paranoia
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    They often have low self-esteem and tend to be paranoid, feeling the world is against them. Their emotional lives are dominated by a growing sense of anger. They don't suddenly decide to go on a killing spree – it is something that grows over a long ...

  • Daniel Howden: Untold horror in the arid badlands of West Sudan
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Tens of thousands of Fur, Masalit and Zaghawans – like Joker Hagar Idris – have been swept up in a war in which civilians were regularly targeted as a way of striking back against ethnic groups which are seen by Khartoum to back the rebel groups figh...

  • Guy Adams: Bending the rules on ethnic casting
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The inquest is already out regarding why Disney spent $200m on what turned out to be such a flop. Alongside the Sex and the City sequel, which also opened to $37m – roughly half the expected figure – it has contributed to Hollywood's worst summer Ban...

  • Leading article: Dread locked
    Friday, 4 June 2010

    One has to hope those rats never escape the researchers' cages. A bold approach to life can be a great advantage. But it could be rather dangerous, if they were to run into a cat. As Aeschylus put it: "There are times when fear is good. It must keep ...

  • Leading article: Forbidden fruit
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Fine for the adults. And fine in the Mediterranean, when the sun shines, there's a bottle of the local vino at hand and plenty of fruit in the bowl. But back in Britain, under grey skies, the wind cold and the rain drizzling down? As for the idea of ...

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