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  • Leading article: Economy still fragile and to be handled with care
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    The general tone of the Bank's quarterly inflation report, however, was downbeat. Growth will be lower than forecast even as recently as May, and inflation will be higher – and above target – for as long as two years. The reduced growth expectations ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Council houses can make money
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    For over 30 years council house tenants have had the right to buy their property, which in my opinion is a good thing. The bad thing was that councils were not allowed to reinvest the income from the sales. As a result, for instance, a small council ...

  • Leading article: Not so far behind Europe, after all
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    Britain's death rate has now almost fallen to the European average. At 28.1 deaths per 100,000 women, it is already below that of the Netherlands (30.1) and is fast catching that of France (25.6). Philippe Autier, the head of the International Agency...

  • Peter York: Cameron's not as posh as you think he is
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    On the abolition front, the polls speak loud – only 1 per cent of UK grown-ups polled by The Future Foundation in their 2006 "Middle Britain" report described themselves as "upper-class" from a choice of social categories. I strongly suspect most of ...

  • Harriet Walker: Relax, pop's always been about sex
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    I, too, wish Lady Gaga would accept that ripped tights are no substitute for trousers and pull on some slacks. It sometimes feels a bit much. But I say that as someone who wishes you didn't have to get your kit off to make an impression, rather than ...

  • 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: Blue language
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    But there are two questions, as we see it, to be asked. First, how will he communicate with an education establishment that talks to itself almost exclusively in such jargon? Can his department, in its cash-strapped state, run to remedial English cla...

  • Matthew Rojansky: Putin plays the action man but support may begin to wane
    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    But Putin is best known to Russians as a strong leader, a "man on horseback" in the tradition of Stalin and Peter the Great. Putin's presidency began with the second Chechen war, a campaign to eradicate Islamist separatists and terrorists accused of ...

  • 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...

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