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  • Leading article: An opportunity for a bold leadership campaign
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    But while a tight deadline will not be a problem, there is a rather disappointing lack of variety among the candidates who have made it through to the final stage of the contest. It is welcome that Diane Abbott secured enough nominations at the 11th ...

  • Leading article: Mr Osborne's case for cuts by consent
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    Thirteen years on, it is perhaps not surprising that a government headed by two men who have spent a part of their working lives in public relations so clearly appreciates the need to prepare the ground before elaborating unpopular measures. Nor is i...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the public sector
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Tough work with people Once again the private-sector bosses complain about sickness absence levels in the public service sector ("Sickies cost the country £2.5bn a year", 7 June). What they can't acknowledge is that while stress is present in the...

  • Leading article: The lessons of the Gulf of Mexico crisis
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The Piper Alpha disaster in 1988 brought the dangers into sharper relief. They are in sharp relief again now. There is a strong case for reassessing the costs – human, environmental, economic – and the benefits of deep-water drilling. While that is d...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: My renewed pride in Bafana Bafana
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Usually, being cut off from the sporting mainstream wouldn't bother me; seemingly the World Cup is different. It permeates everything, from conversations with colleagues to the pop charts. And so, this Saturday, you'll find me parked on the grass of ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The biggest puzzle is the rise in cases in the past 30 years
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The biggest puzzle about autism is the huge rise in cases, up 12-fold among children in the past 30 years, according to some estimates. A study by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, publi...

  • Michael McCarthy: Little boats of Louisiana come to the rescue
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Right across the Gulf of Mexico, shrimping has come to a halt – thanks to the BP oil spill and its pollution danger – right in the middle of its most profitable season. "My best catch?" says Captain Tate Grossie, "I tell you, I took 11,000lb of shrim...

  • Viktor Ivanov: The real price of Afghanistan
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Yet Russia bears the brunt of one particular aspect of the instability in Afghanistan far more acutely than any other Nato member: the narcotics trade. In recent years heroin has engulfed Russia like a silent tsunami. We are now the world's biggest c...

  • What Wales wants and what Wales gets
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

     

  • Letters: Spending cuts
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    Dominic Lawson and Steve Richards (8 June) have given excellent critiques about the proposed cuts in public spending. Mr Richards comes to a succinct conclusion that it is possible to be united and wrong, while Mr Lawson has exposed the insincere s...

  • Leading article: Check-out time for Sir Terry
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    And Sir Terry has steered Tesco far beyond the world of grocery retailing. Its stores now sell almost everything from clothing, to electronics, to insurance, to broadband services. There has been international expansion too, with stores opening in Ea...

  • Sean O'Grady: In Chancellor's 'Axe Factor', which cut will you vote for?
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    No one is quite sure which arm of the state will be acclaimed as the new Susan Boyle, or if the Department for Work and Pensions will unexpectedly turn jobseeker's allowance into the new Jedward. In any case the Government has already decided some of...

  • Leading article: Float his boat
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The cultural value of the vessel, which Cousteau used when filming his greatest work, including the pioneering The Silent World, is clear. But there is a practical value too. So much of what goes on in the oceans remains poorly understood by the scie...

  • Steve Robertson: The Shetlands are all we've got left to exploit
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Overall production in the UK has been in decline since 1999 and here we are talking about developments that produce tens of thousands of barrels a day. This compares to the 3.5 million barrels currently being produced in the North Sea off the UK and ...

  • Leading article: Artistic licence
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    But the fact is that not all artistic restoration jobs are so unambiguously beneficial. When Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper in Milan was restored there were some areas of the fresco that were beyond repair. The restorers decided to re-paint these pa...

  • Richard Garner: Pressure is intense – but system is not unique to China
    Wednesday, 9 June 2010

    Several countries whose higher education institutions punch above their weight in international university rankings use similar tests. More than 54,000 students in Ireland will begin sitting the Leaving Certificate today – the national exams which de...

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