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Friday, 10 September 2010

  • Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again. Long may he reign
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Any move to rein in this, or any other, review site, however, could set back the interests of consumers generally and those of the travelling public in particular. As the possibilities of automation increased, so the dice were loaded against the cust...

  • Victoria Clark: Pastor Terry Jones is a product of America's free market in religion
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Centre church in Florida, the Protestant clergyman who thinks marking this ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the Koran is a fine idea, may boast a congregation of no more than 50, but there is on...

  • Leading article: The dangers of trying to pick winners
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    We can all surely agree that the state should only be funding high-quality scientific research, especially when economies are desperately needed in the public finances. It is hard to argue (though some university lobbyists have attempted it) that all...

  • Letters: Pastor Terry Jones
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Pastor Terry Jones, to the relief of many the world over, has apparently decided to call off his "Burn a Koran day". Through his symbolic gesture he planned to convince the world that Islam and its followers are "evil". His decision may have been par...

  • Leading article: A small step back from mayhem
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    The furore surrounding the Islamic Centre in Manhattan shows how bitter the legacy of 9/11 remains nine years on. Attempts by the Mayor of New York and President Obama to support the development as a sign of tolerance and reconciliation cut little ic...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Johnnie Boden emails me once every 5.4 days, even though I give him little encouragement'
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Johnnie, I have worked out, emails me every 5.4 days and, over the years, his messages have become more and more plaintive, even though I have given him very little encouragement. "Hi Deborah," he might write, "save all your kisses for Boden with 11 ...

  • E Jane Dickson: It's fear of elitism that holds poor, bright kids back
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    This week, the Conservative universities minister David Willetts wondered aloud, again, what could be keeping poor students out of our top universities. Ucas, the university admissions service, is on the case with a new government- commissioned revie...

  • Amy Jenkins: When did the life of the mind become ripe for ridicule?
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    In Hardy's novel a vain but feisty young woman comes into some money and independence in Dorset, makes some bad love choices, and has the joie de vivre resoundingly beaten out of her until – a shadow of her former self – she eventually sees sense and...

  • Andy McSmith: Osborne's vision of the future, circa 1981
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    That Budget cemented not just her reputation but that of the chancellor who delivered it, Sir Geoffrey Howe, which is why it proved so lethal for Thatcher when Howe turned against her at the end of the decade. Kenneth Clarke, the senior member of the...

  • Letters: Perspectives on murders for 'honour'
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Crimes that shame all Asians Robert Fisk's piece about the honour killing within a woman's shelter in Lahore is horrific (8 September), but what is not mentioned is how the concept of "izzat", which is used to justify the killings, works. Izzat i...

  • Leading article: Zimbabwe's war of succession
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The battle for succession within his Zanu-PF party is hotting up. Given the ruthlessness displayed by competing factions in the past, the process could become a violent one. In some ways change would mean no change. The two chief competitors for the ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The fires of religious fury are easily lit but hard to put out
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The persecution of Christian communities across the Muslim world has escalated rapidly since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christians are often seen as the natural allies of western occupiers and, as a minority, are highly vulnerable...

  • John Rentoul: Summer holidays are too short
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: How Journalism Works, pt 102
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: Vote for a Stepping Stone
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • Leading article: Tall story
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Nor does the call-up of Mohammad Irfan stir confidence. The bowler, wicketless and ineffective in England's victory in yesterday's one-day international, is part of Pakistan's public relations counteroffensive. Yet his appearance merely confirms that...

  • John Rentoul: Three Sorry Stories
    Friday, 10 September 2010

  • Leading article: Guessing game
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Yet try it out and you f... fin... financial times... find a post code ...discover that all manner of t... tra... train times... Travelodge... translator... traps lie in wait for the un... underground... unsecured loans... unsubscribe... unsustainabl...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Markers of physical health are determined at birth
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    That would not only be sadistically anti-social, it would be to misunderstand the nature of the finding. Grip strength, and the other measures of physical capability, are markers of our state of health. They are determined, possibly as early as the w...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why let the facts get in the way when your profits are at stake?
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Let no one suppose his lack of knowledge is confined to global warming. His ignorance about Galileo is also top class. "In the Middle Ages, they were going to excommunicate Galileo because the entire scientific community said the Earth was flat," he ...

  • Cori Crider: CIA's victims should not have to fight the system for justice
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The decision was made on a six to five vote in the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals – about as close as you can get, and of those, the crucial sixth vote agreed with the dissent on many key points. By most accounts, this brings the...

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