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Thursday, 20 January 2011

  • Leading article: The subtle art of economic opposition
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    And so an impressive career in frontline politics, which has taken in the Home Office and the great departments of health and education, comes to a rather sad end. But as someone who came to a realisation early last year, when Gordon Brown was under ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The real scandal is Blair's ignorance
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Viewed from the streets of Baghdad, the circumstances of the invasion seem very much like ancient history. A few, notably Kurds, still have good things to say about President Bush and Mr Blair. But even Iraqis who supported the invasion suspect the m...

  • Leading article: The Government's reform juggernaut begins to move
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    Others describe it as an evolutionary change; a natural continuation of structural reforms that have been running, at various speeds, for two decades. David Cameron himself seems unsure of how to describe what the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, ha...

  • Letters: Perspectives on modern wars
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Iraq: we have a right to the full truth The lessons of the Iraq war will sadly never be learned as long as Sir John Chilcot is denied the official release of all the key documents. ("Iraq: the last secret", 19 January). Given that both Parliament...

  • Leading article: Deep cuts have deep consequences
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Ms Vincent, who receives six hours a week respite care, contacted South Gloucestershire Council for more help but was told none was available. And now Ms Vincent has accused David Cameron, who paid her a personal visit during the general election cam...

  • Letters: Perspectives on Sudan
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    How to avoid the African trap As a Ugandan-born British citizen who has seen too many false starts in Africa since independence from western colonial powers almost 50 years ago, I totally agree with the leading article which pointed out that "the...

  • Leading article: Aftershocks from a Tunisian earthquake
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    And rather than blaming the United States or the West in general, he called on the League and individual Arab leaders to take measures to address the ills. The result is a $2bn fund to help mitigate the effects of unemployment, rising food prices and...

  • Natalie Haynes: America can take a joke – from its own
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    Our thespian exports may be the flavour of the month (Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Laurie and Kelly Macdonald were also up for Golden Globes, and while none of them won, Laurie must find consolation in being one of the most-watched television star in t...

  • Ben Chu: Why Iraq?
    Friday, 21 January 2011

  • Leading article: Not at the dinner table
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Her speech has surprised and riled many, not least her fellows in the Conservative Party. What she says is true, which is what so irritates her critics. Prejudice against Britain's Asian community does not, since 9/11, attract the social stigma that ...

  • Nigel Morris: After the political capital comes only pain for the PM
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    But, for all the private anguish, the experience of bringing up a profoundly disabled child also assumed a highly political dimension for the Tory leader. He repeatedly referred to his long hours at Ivan's hospital bedside as proof that the NHS was s...

  • James Moore: Bookies are on a winning streak, but it might not last much longer
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    Part of its appeal is social: misery loves company and if you're going to lose you might as well do it among like-minded friends. And the modern betting shop is no longer the slightly hostile, cigarette smoke filled, spit and sawdust affair of yore. ...

  • Bina Shah: The trust that once flowed between journalists and locals has gone sour
    Friday, 21 January 2011

    If this lurid imagining reminds you of Daniel Pearl, you're not alone. Hamid's story voices what went through everyone's minds when they learned that Pearl, an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal, had been killed by his kidnappers in Januar...

  • Jack Riley: Manmohan Singh: ‘Who, me?’
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: The Brace Position
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

  • Leading article: Big gulp
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    Earlier this month, it unveiled a new logo which dropped the name Starbucks altogether. And now the company has brought out a super-sized cup which contains more liquid than a typical human stomach. The 961ml "Trenta" appears to be purely a commercia...

  • Deborah Ross: Surrender to the fleece and the game is up
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    I need help because, I think, I'm about to surrender to... there's no easy way of saying this, so I'm just going to come out with it... the fleece. I know I'm about to surrender to the fleece because I fondled a bottle-green one in Marks & Spence...

  • Michael McCarthy: This isn't just about bees – it affects everything
    Thursday, 20 January 2011

    Edward O Wilson, America's greatest naturalist, called invertebrates – the insects, the spiders, the worms, the snails and all their fellows – "the little things that run the world". He meant that these tiny creatures were at the very base of much of...

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