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Monday, 16 August 2010

  • Letters: No profit in house prices
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    I take issue with Mary Ann Sieghart's statement, however, that the housing boom has redistributed wealth to the middle-aged and old from the young ("House prices are finally falling. Good", 16 August). From my observation, except among the unskilled ...

  • Leading article: Nick Clegg's opportunity to make his case
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    The party's prominent coverage is the problem. Many who voted for the Liberal Democrats in May are angry with the party for forming a coalition with the Conservatives. Every public appearance of a Liberal Democrat minister seems to compound the offen...

  • Letters: The HS2 project
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    It seems to me that the mooted new line is an expensive act of national snobbery which we can ill afford at a time when the coalition is expecting us all to tighten our belts. The time-saving for a journey from London to Birmingham is quoted as 30 mi...

  • Leading article: The pluses – and minuses – of the big tent
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Whether or not these jobs come with pay, the coalition's successful courting of former ministers has met a predictably dusty reception in some Labour quarters. Alan Milburn, though, as a leading Blairite, is probably the greatest catch. Frank Field h...

  • Misplaced affection: The art of losing isn't hard to master
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    Wheelchairs and wedding dresses at Waverley Station, nearly 9,000 mobile "devices" lost each year in Washington taxis, 85,000 phones (not to mention 21,000 PDAs – remember PDAs? – and "pocket PCs" lost in Chicago in one year, and that was 2005 when s...

  • Leading article: A foolish failure to assist
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    Yet barely a quarter of the aid needed for initial relief has arrived, the UN says. The response from the international community has been "lamentable". Compared with the reaction to many other such disasters – like the Haiti earthquake or the Indian...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Brands that are ashamed of their past
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    It's nothing special – inoffensive, 80s-lite, the sort of stuff the charts are packed with – but it is a contrast, and a stark one at that. Look at us now, the ad screams. We're nothing like we used to be. Weren't we awful? Reinvention – rebranding, ...

  • Kim Sengupta: A negotiated settlement will mean tough compromises
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    The constant timelines for withdrawal given by Barack Obama, David Cameron and other American and European politicians had convinced President Karzai that the West's appetite for "staying the course" is rapidly waning and he has little choice but to ...

  • Edwin Pak-wah Leung: His speeches after earthquakes and floods show it is more than just an act
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    After all, I don't see other leaders doing it, and I'm not just referring to China. I just don't believe it's an act and can't be interpreted that way. Wen Jiabao is a liberal, he's a reformer – but he's operating under very difficult circumstances. ...

  • Dylan Sharpe: Such absurdly draconian rules do nobody any favours
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    Our fraught relationship began in November last year when we read the story of Vanessa Kelly. Vanessa and her young son had been feeding bread to the ducks in their local park, when a Sandwell litter warden handed her a £75 fixed penalty notice. With...

  • Leading article: Mr Obama stands up for tolerance
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    However instinctive such sentiments might be for Mr Obama, it still takes guts to be as forthright on this subject as he was at a time when his standing in the polls has been taking a battering and mid-term Congressional elections are just around the...

  • Steve Connor: The promise of an unlimited supply for transfusions
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    But one of the greatest problems facing the transfusion service is the growing menace of new infectious agents which can pass undetected into the blood supply. Hepatitis C, HIV and more recently the infectious "prion" behind Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease...

  • Harriet Walker: Women get the worst of stereotyping
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Anyway, what? Period pains turn women's brains into those of hair-clawing harpies with no sense of humour and even lower tolerance levels where messiness, flakiness, punctuality and punctuation are concerned? (Guffaw.) Clearly science has the effect ...

  • Julian Hunt: Disasters like this can be prepared for
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Meanwhile, the UN is warning of impending food shortages, with the World Bank estimating that $1bn (£640m) worth of crops have been ruined, whilst cholera is reported to have broken out in the North-West Frontier Province, where flooding has been mos...

  • Notes: 16/08/2010
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Four candidates for inclusion in the series appeared in the Sunday papers.The Sunday Telegraph, p25: "Will Australia's first lady [pictured] have the briefest reign?"; Sunday Times News Review, p9: "Call this a holiday?" (about children studying thro...

  • John Rentoul: The Phoney War
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

  • John Rentoul: BBC leads Blair hate fest
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

  • Leading article: Up close
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    Yet that wonder is not only to be found in terrifying monstrous dramas on faraway beaches, nor is it only to be witnessed in television documentaries; it can be found all around us in Britain, and it is best experienced in personal encounters. It is ...

  • Notes: 17/08/2010
    Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    The trouble with cats is you can't rely on them to be so proactive. Cats are more disdainful of human need, as the cricketer Graeme Swann, pictured, discovered. He came back from an evening out to find his pet stuck under the floorboards. The police ...

  • Leading article: Kick in the teeth
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    All right, so our foreign managers have been little more successful than the home-grown ones in taking England to the later stages of the World Cup. But is that the only gauge of success in an England manager? What about their general enhancement of ...

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