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  • Leading article: This cruel and ineffective blockade of Gaza must be brought to an end
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Such pressure comes appallingly late in the day. For three years, this siege has been a form of collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza. And it is scandalous that it has taken the deaths of nine passengers on the aid convoy this...

  • Julian Baggini: There is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Bird appeared to fall into the latter camp. Michelle Haigh, landlady of his local, the Hound Inn, spoke for many when she said he was a "normal bloke" and that his actions were "not in character". "We're talking about a different person from the Derr...

  • Armando Iannucci: A new politics? Not until we blow away the rhetorical smokescreens
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Not likely. Over the past 15 years or so, the electorate has become increasingly disaffected by and disengaged from the political process, at the same time as the political classes have claimed to be acting more and more in response to our opinions. ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Cumbria shootings
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    A child is heard retelling the moments when a man is killed in front of his eyes; a doctor nears tears as he tells of a routine day off transformed into a horror story. When people who have just witnessed a traumatising event, such as the inhabitants...

  • Leading article: Beware the personalisation of corporate failure
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    This is not to understate BP's culpability for a preventable accident that caused 11 deaths and an environmental disaster that gets worse by the day. Nor has Mr Hayward always chosen his words carefully enough. Initially describing the spill as "mode...

  • Deborah Ross: 'It's time to get your bikini body orders in'
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Boden, I believe, offers a next-day service, but if you are going to order a bikini body from Boden do think carefully about it first, and ask yourself the following question: do I really want the sort of bikini body that looks as if it's married to ...

  • Philip Norman: Forty things that really irritate me
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    1. People who unexpectedly jump out of cars and cut in front of you when you're just feet away from an unoccupied cash dispenser. 2. Signs and robot voices that welcome you to places where you have no wish to be and thank you for something you had ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Amanda Knox's plight has taken an even more absurd turn
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    There have been complaints about a kind of snobbery leaking out from British and American commentators about the Italian judicial system – but no amount of political correctness is going to stop me from saying that this trumped-up charge exposes the ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The real cost of a compromised census will be inaccurate data
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Now he's in charge, as Minister for the Cabinet Office. He's also central to the programme of Government cuts that the coalition has promised. So demographers and statisticians are worried that he may make good on his promise to "scale back" the Cens...

  • Derek Graham: We can't turn back: it would insult the people who died
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    This ship is much larger; this whole mission was much larger than anything we've ever tried before. This ship was supposed to be in with the other ones... We were delayed and because of that now we're the last ship standing. It's the most surreal thi...

  • Cahal Milmo: Derrick Bird and his twin: a lesson in sibling rivalry
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    The document uncovered at the Probate Registry in London reveals how Joseph Bird, a civil servant for Cumbria County Council, gave David Bird a gift £25,000 shortly before his death in 1998. Crucially, it made no such provision for other family membe...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Red or dead
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    The new rover will be designed to dig under the Martian soil to look for ancient signs of life. But perhaps the craft can have a look around for the poor old Beagle 2, which went missing in the Mars area in December 2003, while it's in the neighbourh...

  • Village People: The mark of a good autobiographer
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Like the story Lord Trimble tells about when he was Northern Ireland's First Secretary, paying a call on Lord Mandelson, the Northern Ireland Secretary, at his official residence, Hillsborough Castle. Their conversation did not go well. In fact, Pete...

  • 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 ...

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