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Friday, 24 September 2010

  • Leading article: The task for Labour's new leader in the age of coalition government
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    It will also have learnt something about itself. A close contest came down to a fraternal argument between a Blairite who dared not speak the name against a younger politician of an older Labour stamp. In its narrow parameters, the contest disappoint...

  • Letters: The state of India
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    The Indian state, since its formation in 1947, as a product of the British Raj, exactly like its Pakistani neighbour, has been a continuing cauldron of official incompetence, police abuses of power, human rights breaches, ministerial corruption and a...

  • Leading article: Let the battle on the future of banking commence
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Sometimes they are set up to tell a minister that what they want to do is right. Sometimes they are designed to kick a tough political question into the long grass. And, very occasionally, they are established to examine a subject with an open mind a...

  • E Jane Dickson: Teenage pregnancy is not contagious
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Now, in response to this week's proposals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) to introduce midwives into schools, a new piece of folk wisdom is doing the rounds: pregnancy is contagious. The NHS watchdog has identifi...

  • Chris Mullin: Our party will only blossom again once we have exposed the Big Lie
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    For months now, as a result of Labour's preoccupation with finding a new leader, the Tories and their Liberal Democrat allies have enjoyed a more or less free run. As a result, a lie (not a small lie, but a large one) has gained currency which, if no...

  • Leading article: Symptoms of an underlying illness
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    The imminent reductions to the policing budget are likely to have much to do with this unusual flurry of interest. Sir Denis yesterday warned that cuts would result in fewer police on the streets and more misery for the public. But despite this speci...

  • Archbishop supports celibate gay bishops
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Rowan Williams expressed his personal support for the consecration of gay bishops. But he added that he will never endorse gay clergy in active relationships because tradition insists on celibacy. He said: "To put it very simply, there's no problem a...

  • Archbishop of Westminster urges Catholics to be more visible
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    The guidance comes in a letter from the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, to be read out at Westminster Cathedral this weekend. He said the Pope's recent visit to Britain had brought "such joy". He added: "Even the simple step ...

  • Leading article: Gather ye apples while ye may
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    It is, though, a vintage year; the apples are smaller and unusually sweet, thanks to the particular combination of sunny spells, cold snaps and rain. But those without an orchard, or even a single tree of their own, might well wonder where all these ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Butcher flirting is flirting for a purpose and the purpose is marrow-bone'
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    This, though, is not just any old flirting. This is flirting for a purpose and the purpose is a marrow-bone, which is like crack for dogs. Show my dog a marrow bone and he performs an excited dance which, if you want to try it at home, must involve s...

  • Amy Jenkins: Don't be fooled when siblings talk about being friends
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Of course, I've come across countless people who struggle with their siblings and a fair number who haven't spoken to a sibling in years but, despite all this, I've never really come to grips with what a powerful and challenging relationship this is....

  • Letters: Perspectives on the royal finances
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    Queen deserves proper justice The appalling injustice with which the Queen has been treated should be made clear ("Government has wrested control of Palace finances from monarchy", 23 September). Since 1760, the annual surplus of the hereditary C...

  • Leading article: Answers needed at Lyon conference
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    But this apocalyptic preoccupation has a downside. It has displaced debate on other issues about how we best live on this planet with a lighter footprint, about how we provide for the needs of today without storing up an ever-accumulating bill to be ...

  • Amol Rajan: Stereotyping that India doesn't need
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    That scenario, thankfully, is yet to materialise. But it remains possible. Images of collapsing footbridges, dustbowl stadiums, bug-infested accommodation and child labourers suggest that the £2bn invested by India's government has been mis-spent. Wa...

  • Andrew Buncombe: War on mosquitoes in fight to get Delhi ready for Games
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    As teams of cleaners set about fixing the athletes' village – removing human faeces, repairing plumbing and generally making the apartments habitable – the 23-year-old was last night busy outside the complex trying to deal with another major problem:...

  • Leading article: Time, please!
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    But can we request that the scientists in Boulder, now they've proved the big one, turn their attentions to some other less important, though no less fascinating, temporal questions? First: why does the watched kettle never boil? Second: why do you a...

  • Philip Cowley: Labour admitted it had more weaknesses than strengths
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    Labour's masterplan was more strategic, a PowerPoint presentation of fewer than 30 slides, identifying the main battle lines. It is remarkable for how accurately it anticipated some aspects of the campaign, but also for what it did not foresee. The C...

  • David Usborne: Avoiding despots but meeting Melinda Gates: is this the world's biggest protocol nightmare?
    Friday, 24 September 2010

    Everything is jockeyed for at the General Assembly. The order of speakers is up for grabs months in advance and operates on a first come, first served basis – except that presidents, potentates and despots get priority over, well, mere deputy prime m...

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