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  • Letters: The victims of drink-driving
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    I also remember, painfully, being a passenger on such a journey where two of my friends went through the windscreen. They survived, but, 40 years on, the scars are still visible. It is true that the number of road deaths per year is now remarkably lo...

  • Leading article: 'Fat cats' still have some slimming to do
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    A freeze on top salaries that was widespread in 2008-09 thawed in 2009-10, applying in only one-third of companies, compared with two-thirds the year before. Total remuneration increased by 4 per cent, which might sound modest to those used to rather...

  • Leading article: The UK has influence in Rwanda. We should use it
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    The appeal of working with an administration that is rightly seen as determined and effective on some fronts is obvious. A recent index of East African corruption once again showed Rwanda to be far less corrupt that its neighbours and endorsed the no...

  • Leading article: Only the start of the battle
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    Mr Gates has arguably the keenest political antennae of any recent holder of his job. He knows full well that the Pentagon sooner or later must do its bit if America's huge and chronic budget deficit is to be tackled. As a student of history, he will...

  • Chris McGrath: Is football a pantomime or a tragedy?
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    Now Capello is hardly likely to lose sleep over the sort of oafish derision that seems inevitable when England begin expiation for their performance in South Africa with a friendly against Hungary. Where he comes from, the "ultras" notoriously trace ...

  • Simon Calder: You can see why he'd had enough
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    He was merely following in a noble tradition of unconventional exits by US airline crew, which include a Delta captain who announced to his startled passengers: "They say that when you die and go to heaven, you have to change planes in Atlanta," befo...

  • Leading article: The employment prospects bleaken
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Every recent survey shows that business and consumer confidence has sagged dangerously – as a direct result of the Budget, its rhetoric and the measures themselves. Mortgage approvals have slipped back again, as has bank lending to business and the e...

  • Sophie Morris: I'm with Michelle
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    But the criticisms resonate with mere civilians, too. First there's the quandary of splashing out for a holiday at all when it's supposed to be the age of austerity. And air travel is the most obvious of eco sins. Worst of all is the fact she's left ...

  • Michael Brown: Now no MP will accept cuts
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    So middle-class parents and millionaires, Mr Cameron and his wife included, will continue to benefit from the universal "free" milk available to all children under the age of five. Cue sighs of relief across the nurseries and nannies of Notting Hill,...

  • Ivan Fallon: A day on the Blue Train with Naomi and Nelson
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Mr Mandela had taken the day off from affairs of state to concentrate on one of the biggest issues of his life. He had long decided that part of his legacy must be his contribution to help the most deprived children of the world. To make it happen he...

  • Rob Hayward: The vulnerable MPs who are beginning to feel the heat
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    If the threat to Liberal Democrat MPs comes from voters defecting to Labour, then the first bloc of MPs to be worried will be the 13 (of 57) whose constituencies have, in the last decade, been held by Labour. Four of these now have fairly large major...

  • Sean O'Grady: 'Slowflation' – the combination the Bank of England fears most
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Things are not as extreme now as they were in those days, yet something similar seems to be happening, as world commodity prices soar and the economy here goes through a massive squeeze, thanks to the emergency Budget. It is a puzzling time. The incr...

  • Leading article: Down and out
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    While Slater's behaviour might not recommend him as a future employee – working with customers might not be his metier; the words "psychologically flawed" come to mind – he has surely set the standard for spectacular departures. What can possibly com...

  • Alistair Dawber: How incentive bar was set so low that executives could hardly fail
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    These non-executive directors are also responsible for setting the pay of the chief executive, finance director and other leading managers through membership of remuneration committees. It is these groups who, according to yesterday's report from Hew...

  • View from the cabin: I hope people start to appreciate the role of cabin crew
    Wednesday, 11 August 2010

    Airlines are complicit in this because they have downgraded the job. There were 3,000 applications for every job when I started. It was something very special. But the new rates of pay puts it in the lowest category of job. The increase in low cost c...

  • Leading article: Pure madness
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    As it is, it has been a man who has achieved the feat, perhaps because only a man would be mad enough to do it. It has taken Ed Stafford, 34, almost two-and-a-half years, and dangers, bites and attacks too many to enumerate, to complete the task. But...

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