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Monday, 26 July 2010

  • Leading article: A light shone on the dark side of this war
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    The papers also confirm that the Pakistani intelligence agencies are suspected of aiding the Afghan Taliban; that there is deep corruption in Hamid Karzai's government and that the country's police forces are often unreliable. Much of this was alread...

  • Leading article: Fast-tracked injustice
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    A judge confirmed the common sense view yesterday that it offends against natural justice to detain asylum-seekers in the night and then bundle them on to a plane without even giving them the chance to telephone their solicitor – as happened recently...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron's antiquated passage to India
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Of course, all the platitudes about the rising economic clout of India that we will hear this week are correct. At a time of global economic weakness, India continues to power ahead with estimated growth of 9 per cent this year. Because India has dem...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The battle to justify this as a war worth fighting just got a lot harder
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    And they will make it still harder in future for the US and British governments to explain why they are fighting to preserve an Afghan government so rotten with corruption and brutally uncaring towards its own people. Much of what is now documented...

  • Letters: State revenge
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Judicial revenge fails on every level and disastrously so. While removing offenders permanently from society would seem to be a guaranteed route to a safer society, on a purely statistical level that has not shown to be the case. But there is a far m...

  • Leading article: Stressful times continue
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Some have suggested that the CEBS process was not rigorous enough. The economic scenarios used were relatively benign. They modelled a slowdown in growth, not a severe, double-dip recession. And the estimated potential sovereign debt writedown losses...

  • Frances Cairncross: The way to fund our universities
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    This success is now under threat. And the threat arises from the fact that universities have another vital role, which starves them of cash and distorts the way they behave. Universities are the gateway through which young people must pass in order t...

  • Letters: Big Society
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    Scotland's reputation has been dragged through the mud on a world stage, this time by a combination of American politicians struggling to boost their home popularity ahead of elections, a British Prime Minister keen to protect the reputation of BP,...

  • Susie Rushton: This counts as too much information, Lynn
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    Last year I sat in a darkened cinema for two hours learning about her most dramatic love affair, as portrayed by the lovely Carey Mulligan in An Education. I thought I was sated, but she wants to give me more. She wants to give me stats. In her first...

  • Leading article: Elton's farm
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    The composer's collaborator on one of his most successful forays into musical theatre, Billy Elliot, however, begs to differ. The novella is "perfectly suited for the stage" pronounces the screenplay-writer Lee Hall. Presumably he means that, though ...

  • Nic Dunlop: When I found Duch living in the jungle I never believed he would answer for his crimes
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    Ideally, at the time, I hoped there would be a trial and that Duch would be placed in a dock, not only to account for his crimes, but so that he could explain something of the Khmer Rouge horror and how the killing had reached such dizzying proportio...

  • Andrew Franklin: Parasites on the back of real books
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    E-books are finally taking off as pundits have predicted they would for more than a decade. Still very small in the UK, sales are growing dramatically from an invisibly small base. Hachette UK (owners of Little Brown, Hodder Headline and Orion) says ...

  • Brian Paddick: Officers on restricted duties should be employed as civilians
    Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    When I joined the police in 1976, if you dialled 999 or went to a police station's front counter, you used to speak to a police officer. So when an officer under my command lost the use of his arm in a motorcycle accident, I was happy to use him in t...

  • Leading article: Dressing down
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Some have inevitably seen this as an act of petty spite, but we would question whether this was such an unreasonable decision. Armstrong's charity is certainly a laudable cause and one can certainly understand his desire – having suffered from testic...

  • D J Taylor: We all love a sporting bad boy
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Throughout these breathless résumés of a life lived out in both the front and back ends of the red-top newspapers clanged the tocsin of mitigation. As Steve Davis, who played several hotly-contested matches against Higgins in the 1980s, put it: "To p...

  • David McNeill: Seoul divided over merits of annoying the neighbours
    Monday, 26 July 2010

    Supporters of conservative President Lee Myung-bak, who has effectively ended a decade of rapprochement with Pyongyang, say it is time to send a clear message that the world has had enough of the incessant sabre-rattling north of the border. Critics ...

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