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Friday, 13 August 2010

  • Leading article: Britain must learn to live with the defences it can afford
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    This is in addition to the Strategic Defence and Security Review already in progress and is designed to produce a leaner, less centralised organisation. From what Dr Fox said, both reviews are taking a root-and-branch approach in which nothing, inclu...

  • Letters: Flooding in Pakistan
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Remind me again why this is a Western problem when the Muslim world has it so easily within its capacity to sort the problem out for itself, and very quickly indeed? The relative lack of success of the appeals is not just compassion fatigue, but irri...

  • Leading article: Burma's election that is no election
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    So it needs to be spelt out in the most unequivocal terms that Burma's coming election is a sham and a fake. The party that won a landslide victory at the last election in 1990, the National League for Democracy, was never allowed to take power. It h...

  • 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: Take a break
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    After demonstratively working through the first half of August, the Prime Minister finally goes away. But there is no hint the pace will slacken. Nick Clegg will be back and already he has several public events scheduled for early next week. The coal...

  • Laura Tennison: For the glass ceiling to be shattered, there needs to be a revolution at home
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Are women really being stopped from getting those positions? Or is it that women have a more balanced view on life and don't always put career above every other aspect? I'm not being in the least bit sexist in saying this. I think women are extremely...

  • Amy Jenkins: Why confessional writing captures the female mind
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Sony has thrown a huge amount of money at it – $80m – and cast Julia Roberts in the lead role in an effort to ape the success of Sex and the City. But early reviews are lukewarm – which only goes to show that the current craze for the female confessi...

  • Deborah Ross: Who knows why some kids grow up to be crack addicts?'
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Things may quieten down for a bit after this but do not be fooled – they're only gathering strength for yet another round of name-calling while looking all superior and quoting the evidence that supports their case, although, just as there will alway...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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