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  • Peter Tatchell: Why we oppose the Pope's state visit to Britain
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    The Protest the Pope campaign is calling on the British government to disassociate itself from the Pope's intolerant teachings on issues such as women's rights, gay equality and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. On these and many other...

  • Leading article: A prison that stains US moral authority
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    That authority was further undermined this week when the US administration resumed the hearings of the discredited military commissions which ensure American soldiers, sailors and airmen sit in judgment on those accused of war crimes against America....

  • 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: Julie Burchill needs humility
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    Stepping through body parts and witnessing the utter trauma suffered by survivors, in most cases civilians caught up in what is euphemistically called "collateral damage", would possibly broaden her mind wonderfully. After one has seen this, smelt th...

  • Leading article: A blow for open government
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    With memories of moats and duck houses still fresh, any minister worth his salt would relish the chance to strip his opponents of the cloak of secrecy and expose their publicly-funded outings to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Attenborough Nature Ce...

  • Philip Hensher: Rake's still making perfect progress
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    It was perfect then, and it is perfect now. It doesn't seem to have aged a bit. The Rake's Progress is one of my favourite operas, and though I've seen it many times in different productions, nothing has ever come so close to its original spirit as C...

  • Victoria Summerley: Colour prejudice in the English garden
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    It is a peculiarly English trait, too. Geographical and climatic differences mean that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are more or less immune to this sort of idiocy. There's no point turning your nose up at heather or conifers if that's all tha...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Golden boot
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    But then, what was encouraging about England's victory over Hungary this week was the presence of many new, young faces. These belong to stars whose time is ahead of, and not behind, them. The baton is being passed between generations, and about time...

  • Simon Calder: Best to file the tourism deficit under 'lost cause'
    Friday, 13 August 2010

    Since the first charter flight departed Gatwick 60 summers ago, the Mediterranean package holiday has become a brilliantly co-ordinated way to deplete Britain's balance of payments. While the UK has great cities, superb countryside and cheerful resor...

  • 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 ...

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