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  • 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: Of courage and credibility
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    The Labour Party also has cause to feel relieved that the campaign is not a disastrous civil war, as some predicted it would be in the aftermath of defeat. There is, though, a significant downside to a contest without great ideological conflict, but ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Sex and food
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    Imagine that astronomers discovered that a huge meteor was due to hit Earth in three months. Would we sit around for weeks arguing whether or not the meteor was real, then half-heartedly convene a UN meeting to pass the responsibility for dealing...

  • Susie Rushton: Why I can't live with renting any more
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    Most of all, I'll be breaking off one of my most enduring relationships – though the faces have changed over the years. I shall no longer have a landlord. It's a curiously grand title, isn't it? The "land", as such, need only be 60 square metres of i...

  • Leading article: A monumental debate
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    As we report today, some in the art world are beginning to ask sceptical questions about this profusion of monumental sculpture. Is it value for public money? Does it actually contribute to the regeneration of depressed areas? And what is the quality...

  • Geoffrey Robinson: I feel he has the strength of character for the job
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    After 18 years in opposition, we had to make a decision just six months after taking office. Ranged behind the PM and pushing with unyielding intent for entry were Peter Mandelson, his euro-enthusiastic colleagues and two Cabinet ministers, Alan Milb...

  • Andy McSmith: Blair's book reads less like a memoir, more like a long memo to his staff
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    The former PM declares that this is not a "traditional political memoir" because "most such memoirs are, I have found, rather easy to put down... there is only one person, who can write an account of what it is like to be the human being at the centr...

  • Paul Vallely: Airing these extreme views now is spectacularly unhelpful
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    To most people "the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death" sounds like the factory where nuclear weapons were manufactured at the height of the Cold War. And a "wasteland" sounds like what would be left if they all exploded. But Mr Adamus, d...

  • 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...

  • Rob Williams: Total Politics Top 50 Welsh Blogs
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

     

  • Fred Burton: Coup likely to provoke fresh wave of violence
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    Usually when these kinds of kingpins have been taken out, it is because they have been ratted on by others who have inside information. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, or "La Barbie", was close to Arturo Beltran Leyva, one of the founders of the cartel, who...

  • David Lee: Nowhere is safe from epidemic of monstrous works by Kapoor and Co
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    Only three months ago he was announced as the winner of a competition to make the largest public sculpture ever planned; an ugly big dipper for the Olympic site. Two months ago he unveiled his largest sculpture to date, Temenos, at Middlesbrough quay...

  • Patrick Cockburn: There is still no government and violence is increasing
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    The withdrawal of the last US combat brigades does not directly affect security because American soldiers pulled out of cities and towns in June 2009. And stopping the local branch of al-Qa'ida, which has little connection with Osama bin Laden's orga...

  • Cathy John: My diagnosis with MS has taught me the wisdom of 'gathering ye rosebuds while ye may'
    Wednesday, 1 September 2010

    A traveller, he told, runs across a plain chased by an "enraged" beast. He jumps into a well to avoid being caught. But lying in wait at the bottom of a well is a dragon with his jaws open ready to eat the traveller who clings to a branch growing fro...

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

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