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  • Leading article: Cold comfort from abroad
    Tuesday, 8 June 2010

    There is talk of a Canadian-style "star chamber", which will pressure senior officials and ministers on their spending plans. And the deficit reduction process will, apparently, be shaped by public consultation and debate. This follows Nick Clegg's c...

  • Leading article: Far too little, far too late
    Tuesday, 8 June 2010

    It is shamefully obvious that both the charges, which were scaled down over the years, and the penalties, are derisory. This was a huge chemical disaster. The thousands killed and injured at the time constitute only a small proportion of those affect...

  • Letters: The Cumbria killings
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    We know that Derrick Bird was a "quiet man who kept himself to himself"; such words are so often a euphemism for saying the man was lonely. We know he was deeply unhappy because there was ample evidence that he had self-harmed for some time. If we wa...

  • Leading article: Hayward is jeopardising more than his job
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    Joint concerns about the euro, the future of the Afghan mission, Iran, Iraq and Israel-Palestine are all subjects about which the two leaders need to confer and align approaches. Unhelpfully, the vast and seemingly ever-growing oil slick in the Gulf ...

  • Letters: Firearms
    Tuesday, 8 June 2010

    Although the Prime Minister is right to caution against overreacting to the Whitehaven tragedy, there are strong arguments for reform of Britain's rag-tag firearms legislation. The Firearms Act, as hurriedly amended following the Hungerford and Dun...

  • Leading article: Just rewards
    Tuesday, 8 June 2010

    This makes sense. The "bin tax" was hated, not only because the technology that made it possible was seen as snooping, but because it seemed less about recycling than making money. Councils now have to come clean: if they really want us to recycle mo...

  • Aziza Sultan: No one shows concern. I sometimes wish that I had died in the accident
    Tuesday, 8 June 2010

    I picked-up my two-year-old daughter, Ruby, and six-month-old son, Mohsin, while my in-laws also gathered themselves together. [Her husband was away from Bhopal for work]. We started running towards Hamidia hospital. When we reached there, there was ...

  • Leading article: South Africa's responsibility
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    No one should want to rain on South Africa's parade. At the same time, it is important not to forget the existence of countless people there for whom the World Cup will mean almost nothing. That includes not only most poor black South Africans, one q...

  • David Usborne: More concerned about cash than the planet
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    That BP is now accused of underplaying the awfulness of what is happening in the Gulf is the fault mostly of its CEO, Tony Hayward, who recently said the environmental impact would end up being "very modest". The American public were less than impres...

  • Queen Rania of Jordan: Hardliners are now the face of Israel
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    It's understandable. I mean, you can inflict a lot of damage on your oppressors with a chocolate biscuit. And those paper cuts, boy, they can really hurt. But I don't want to over-dramatize the situation, because it's not all doom and gloom down in G...

  • Caroline Flint: Anonymity is an enemy of justice
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    So what does our coalition's programme for government plan to do about it? Its solution is to protect the identities of defendants in rape trials – a policy that appeared in neither the Conservative nor the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. In jus...

  • Leading article: Shy no longer
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    Innacurate and stereotypical as these images may be, it is still surprising to learn that the average British employee took fewer days off sick last year, 6.4 to be precise, than in any year since 1987. That is as far back as the Confederation of Bri...

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