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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

  • Leading article: Blair's flawed and self-serving analysis
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    On the invasion of Iraq, Mr Blair makes his assertion that he does not regret the removal of Saddam Hussein. On the terrorism threat, Mr Blair denies that our foreign policy plays any part in stoking extremism. He mounts the traditional populist defe...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on climate change
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    A new green prosperity Your leading article of 31 August rightly points to the urgent need for greater political will to be injected into the forthcoming climate negotiations. Generating new commitment would be made much easier if the economic an...

  • Leading article: No place for this scapegoating
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    So M. Sarkozy – whose ministers met European Union officials this week to defend their actions – can claim that he is merely upholding the law. And, technically, there are other justifications he can summon for his initiative, which has seen more tha...

  • Amol Rajan: Let the axe fall on stale metaphors
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    When George Orwell wrote the essay Politics and the English Language, his motivation wasn't pedantry but concern for the relation between lazy writing, lazy thinking and the decline of a culture. "It is clear that the decline of a language must ultim...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: Blair is no repentant liberal
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

  • Leading article: Blow out
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    This is not, of course, a subject on which people are open to persuasion. The words "you know what, that vuvuzela sound is actually rather growing on me" have never been recorded. But, all the same, might a complete ban not have been somewhat hasty? ...

  • Lance Price: He didn't have to tell us about his drinking – but he did
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    Blair was remarkably relaxed about the unprecedented power he allowed Brown to wield as Chancellor. "I did so," he says, "without any fear of being eclipsed or outmanoeuvred." Yet those around him were not so sanguine and, of course, at the end of th...

  • Richard Garner: Lesson number 1: it takes time to change the system
    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    Education Secretary Michael Gove had said there were hundreds of schools queuing up to seek academy status. In the end, a paltry 32 have been give the go ahead for the start of the new academic year. The confusion comes as a result of the number of "...

  • 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...

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