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Friday, 2 July 2010

  • Leading article: The Liberal Democrats must now argue their case for electoral reform
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    And when the party was in talks with the Conservatives, it was David Cameron's agreement to advance legislation for a referendum on the Alternative Vote system that arguably clinched the deal. It allowed what might otherwise have been a loose concord...

  • Letters: Doctors' Hours
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    However it is grossly unfair on many hard-working hospital consultants to suggest that the previous system relied on junior doctors working without supervision. It is a dangerous consequence of the EWTD that much of the time when consultants and trai...

  • Leading article: The real political power Down Under
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    The former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, tried to impose a 40 per cent "super-tax" on the profits of the coal and iron-ore extracting multinationals. The mining industry responded with a huge and aggressive advertising campaign against the t...

  • Andrew Marshall: Everyone benefits from a little espionage
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    It has presented us with the image of shady people living under assumed names while performing elaborate pantomime routines with luggage to get information that could surely be found more easily on the internet. But there are good reasons to examine ...

  • Anthony Horowitz: Locking up our youngsters leaves society in shackles
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    It's indicative of the topsy-turvy world in which we live that the first view is that of a Tory Justice Secretary – Kenneth Clarke no less, making a much publicised speech to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in London. While it is Jack Straw ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Now men know what being treated as a 'minority' feels like
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    Figures out in the US show that women have become the majority of the workforce over there for the first time. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next 10 years, all but two are occupied primarily by women. More women than men ...

  • Leading article: A surprisingly liberal world view
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Thankfully we have seen little of all that. The first visits the new Prime Minister made were to Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy; relations with Europe are flourishing. And though Mr Cameron has established a good relationship with President ...

  • Leading article: National treasure
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    Some will see it as an act of laudable philanthropy – just the sort of behaviour that should be encouraged from the wealthy in these cash-strapped times. Others will see it as Mr Saatchi's latest attempt to promote a narrow and controversial aestheti...

  • Deborah Ross: 'John Travolta isn't about to invite me on to his yacht. I don’t think he has ever been spotted in Cornwall'
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    So this is why you must have the bejewelled kaftan and the bejewelled sandals and the bejewelled tote and the bejewelled children – "Hold still, children, while I bejewel you..." – and the bejewelled husband, who may or may not say: "Why are you beje...

  • Letters: Perspectives on prison reform
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    What do the Tories believe? At the election the Tories displayed posters saying Gordon Brown let out 200,000 criminals from jail early, thus putting the public in danger. Now we are told that Labour doubled the number of people in prison and that...

  • Leading article: Missing the regulatory target
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Regulators should take an interest in private-sector remuneration when there is a potential impact of those practices on the public purse. The remuneration systems of "too-big-to-fail" banks, which encouraged recklessness in the boom, clearly enter i...

  • Michael Glover: A welcome addition to our modern cultural landscape
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    He has done it time and time again – bought deftly, and made a name for himself by doing so. And when he hasn't bought well, he has sold again. In the Eighties he bought an old paint factory in north London and turned it into a white-walled exhibitio...

  • AC Grayling: Will this step towards a longer life create yet another divide in our society?
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    There is huge promise in this type of genetic research. If it helps us to cure or detect diseases, to tackle life-threatening problems, then it would be very useful and powerful knowledge to have. Of course there are challenging aspects to this resea...

  • Vincent Magombe: Britain must help defuse the situation – before it's too late
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Tutsis are not a uniform group. They are split along lines that are crucial to the unrest unfolding in Rwanda now. The President, Paul Kagame, is from the Umwega clan, which has traditionally provided the Tutsi queen. When he became leader of the Rwa...

  • Professor Tom Kirkwood: There are limits to our powers of prediction
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    The study by Thomas Perls and his colleagues claims to have found genetic "signatures" in human centenarians that take us a big step towards this goal. I am unconvinced. What Perls and his team have done is to develop and apply some intriguing and po...

  • Leading article: Channel hop
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    And what has prompted this change of mind? Apparently it was listening to licence-fee payers. This raises the question of to whom Sir Michael (who is supposed to represent the interests of licence-fee payers) was listening when he opposed the release...

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