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Thursday, 2 September 2010

  • Leading article: The blessing of low expectations
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    The Palestinians are divided between the Fatah government in the West Bank and Hamas, which holds sway in Gaza. The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, already weakened by the expiry of his democratic mandate, will be negotiating over territory tha...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on childhood
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    Too 'cool' to look happy Yesterday morning, walking down the main street of Frinton, I happened to look in the window of a national clothing retail chain. In the window was a large poster advertising children's wear, featuring full-length photogr...

  • Leading article: A sour whiff of homophobia
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    Of course those who have raised questions about Mr Hague's behaviour insist his sexuality is not what concerns them. They are questioning, they say, his judgement about how others would perceive his decisions to share a bedroom with his aide on the e...

  • Andy McSmith: The mystery of how a hands-on editor could know so little
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    In April 2006, the newspaper's royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, was able to quote verbatim a voicemail from Prince William to his younger brother, Prince Harry, teasing him about a visit to a strip club. This was one of a sequence of chillingly ac...

  • Natalie Haynes: Why must we wait for 'Mad Men'?
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    Those of us who like to watch our television shows in the same year that they were first broadcast have the pirates and illegal-downloaders to thank. The BBC has hastened to show this series of Mad Men, partly because it believes that it has lost vie...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Love and hate
    Friday, 3 September 2010

    Maybe it's because she has won the Oscar which he has always been denied. Or perhaps there is a clue in the film which she is in Britain to promote. Certified Copy is about the communication between a man and a woman in which, Mme Binoche has said, "...

  • 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 "...

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