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Monday, 30 August 2010

  • Leading article: Three degrees is at least one too many
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    Developing and developed countries continue to trade blame over what went wrong at the last summit. There are few signs of sleeves being rolled up in serious preparation for the kind of binding agreements that might, at this near-midnight hour, conta...

  • Leading article: Two nations once more
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    Those who remember those divisive times would not wish them back, which is why it is worrying that the old divide may be reasserting itself. Figures produced by the Centre for Economic and Business Research predict that unemployment will rise beyond ...

  • Mark Lynas: What an increase of 3.5C really means to the planet
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    Welcome to the world bequeathed to us by negotiators at Copenhagen last year, whose timid proposals for cutting back on carbon emissions will do little to turn the tide of global warming. A world 3.5C hotter will be well outside the safety zone, curr...

  • Gordon Brown: While the world looks elsewhere, a nation is dying in silence
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    And, almost unbelievably, the World Food Programme, through no fault of their own, have just had to make their "agonising" life-and-death decision to restrict food aid to children under two and to cut food aid for children over the age of two. Why? B...

  • Letters: Educational bias
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Had the minister read with greater care, he would have seen that Rajan does not disparage craft, creative industries or engineering; in fact he does not mention them. What the minister seems to wish to avoid is why exactly it is that vocational quali...

  • Leading article: The threat to American conservatism
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    The paranoid and hate-filled world of the "birthers", the Tea Party people and all the rest is so alien to the British experience as to be incomprehensible. We tend not to take them seriously, or assume that the Republicans' constant lurch to the rig...

  • Letters: accessibility
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    It's not just the unions who are furious about plans to cut 800 jobs on London Underground ("Tube strike series 'seriously damaging'", 25 August). We at Transport for All are extremely concerned about the effect of these on older and disabled Londo...

  • Leading article: Rambling rose
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    Axl Rose's disastrous turn at Reading Festival was a striking example of the genre. Looking bloated, botoxed and breathless, the performance of the Guns N' Roses star – who disappeared for many years to work on an album – collapsed into mayhem as dis...

  • Nick Harris: When newspapers manipulate a story, there is rarely a winner
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    In fact the accompanying story made clear that Higgins had not actually had a bet at all. The story claimed he'd tried to have a bet although the paper's source (an anonymous former call centre worker) said she couldn't remember how much Higgins alle...

  • Andy McSmith: Forget ex-PMs – the really juicy stuff comes from the back benches
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    The same is true of political leaders everywhere. Their memoirs are never as revealing or readable as the best accounts by minor players in the political game who have not got big political reputations to protect. The most telling accounts of the Tha...

  • Leading article: A blow to the spirit of the game
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    The latest revelations of alleged betting scams in the Test match against England, therefore, are disappointing but not entirely shocking. Nor does it serve much purpose to wring our hands about the sad fate of an honourable game and express pious ho...

  • Omar Waraich: 'Cricket is all Pakistan has - this has destroyed any hope'
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    "Our heads have been bowed by shame," said the Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, echoing a widely voiced sentiment. "I am going to ask the Ministry of Sports to order a full inquiry." President Asif Ali Zardari said that he had taken notice of the a...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: I'll show you sibling rivalry
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    So did the newspapers. "Attack risks rift," screeched one. "Miliband's jibe at brother's policies." The most trudgingly turgid of leadership contests looked like it might – finally – get interesting. Seven days later, I've yet to discover what the fu...

  • John Rentoul: Before the First Man ...
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010

  • John Rentoul: "Someone is wrong"
    Monday, 30 August 2010

  • Leading article: The right art
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Mr Vaizey is right to admit that the relationship between Tories and artists, as a genre, is often a difficult one. In recent decades art and Conservatism have not made natural bedfellows. They haven't done so since royal courts ceased to be great pa...

  • Notes 30/08/10
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Staff on Iarnróid Éirean – Irish Rail – used CCTV footage to retrace the cat's pawsteps, and then launched an appeal for the owner to get in touch via Twitter. The owner, Eric Bieci, duly did. Staff at Pearse Street have renamed their surveillance ca...

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