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  • Leading article: The UK has influence in Rwanda. We should use it
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    The appeal of working with an administration that is rightly seen as determined and effective on some fronts is obvious. A recent index of East African corruption once again showed Rwanda to be far less corrupt that its neighbours and endorsed the no...

  • Leading article: Dangerous echoes of Thatcherism
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    As well he might not. "Margaret Thatcher – Milk Snatcher" is well established in the national memory as one of the more damaging slogans of those years. Her decision, as Education Secretary, to end free milk for most primary school children came to e...

  • Leading article: The employment prospects bleaken
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Every recent survey shows that business and consumer confidence has sagged dangerously – as a direct result of the Budget, its rhetoric and the measures themselves. Mortgage approvals have slipped back again, as has bank lending to business and the e...

  • Sophie Morris: I'm with Michelle
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    But the criticisms resonate with mere civilians, too. First there's the quandary of splashing out for a holiday at all when it's supposed to be the age of austerity. And air travel is the most obvious of eco sins. Worst of all is the fact she's left ...

  • Michael Brown: Now no MP will accept cuts
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    So middle-class parents and millionaires, Mr Cameron and his wife included, will continue to benefit from the universal "free" milk available to all children under the age of five. Cue sighs of relief across the nurseries and nannies of Notting Hill,...

  • Ivan Fallon: A day on the Blue Train with Naomi and Nelson
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Mr Mandela had taken the day off from affairs of state to concentrate on one of the biggest issues of his life. He had long decided that part of his legacy must be his contribution to help the most deprived children of the world. To make it happen he...

  • Rob Hayward: The vulnerable MPs who are beginning to feel the heat
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    If the threat to Liberal Democrat MPs comes from voters defecting to Labour, then the first bloc of MPs to be worried will be the 13 (of 57) whose constituencies have, in the last decade, been held by Labour. Four of these now have fairly large major...

  • Sean O'Grady: 'Slowflation' – the combination the Bank of England fears most
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    Things are not as extreme now as they were in those days, yet something similar seems to be happening, as world commodity prices soar and the economy here goes through a massive squeeze, thanks to the emergency Budget. It is a puzzling time. The incr...

  • Why is this news exactly, Daily Mail?
    Monday, 9 August 2010


  • Letters: Council Tenants
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    A means test or earnings qualification will be counter-productive. A similar system operates in US public housing and has the effect of discouraging tenants from finding work because they would rather have a decent, secure, affordable home than an in...

  • Leading article: Aid workers and armed force
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Much more needs to emerge about the precise circumstances of this attack before any reliable conclusions can be drawn. If, as has been speculated, it was a robbery, that would be one thing. It would make the case for even sterner warnings about safet...

  • Helen Croydon: Monogamy is not our natural state
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    In the same week, Canada resumed its stab at modernising family values. The supreme court in British Columbia – a province unlike California in every possible way – has been asked to review its centuries-old law which forbids polygamy. It has called ...

  • Stephen Glover: Columnists' critics should be named
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Newspaper columnists no longer sit on their thrones declaiming eternal verities with no more to fear than a letter written in green ink which can be easily tossed into the wastepaper basket. Now they can be instantly praised or held to account for er...

  • Leading article: Pure madness
    Tuesday, 10 August 2010

    As it is, it has been a man who has achieved the feat, perhaps because only a man would be mad enough to do it. It has taken Ed Stafford, 34, almost two-and-a-half years, and dangers, bites and attacks too many to enumerate, to complete the task. But...

  • Leading article: A good death
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Increasingly paralysed with motor neurone disease, he rushed to complete his last book, Ill Fares The Land, an impassioned polemic that denounced what he saw as the wasted opportunities of the post-Cold War years, lambasted the dogma and greed that, ...

  • Richard Garner: Only AS-levels can show what a pupil is really capable of
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    The trouble is, universities are reluctant to put back the start of their academic year, saying they cannot expect international students, who give them their world-class credibility, to wait for three months before starting their courses. And school...

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