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Monday, 3 January 2011

  • Leading article: High taxes on car users might not be the answer
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    Until now, this advised them to raise charges in order to get more people out of their cars. So the response from some quarters will be to claim that both changes offer proof that the Coalition Government is dumping whatever green credentials it clai...

  • Leading article: It will take more than words to make property affordable
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It is gratifying to hear a minister argue that Britons should regard a house primarily as a place to live, rather than an investment. And it would indeed be desirable, as Mr Shapps says, if the general cost of housing increased by less than earnings ...

  • Leading article: Australia is keeping its head above water
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    This being Australia, it's a different story. The government in Canberra has neither sought, nor been offered, international help, and is managing the disaster in Queensland solo. Given the scale of the destruction and the number of people who have f...

  • Robert Chesshyre: Where the inmates call the shots
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    I have written extensively about imprisonment, and spent time in what might loosely be called "proper" prisons – those with walls and bars – but I am of liberal mind over issues of punishment and believe that much of the security employed in locking ...

  • Tessa Jowell: To win back power we must stick to the centre ground
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    Strategists have pored over data of how different social classes voted and tried to work out what this means for the Labour Party. Some say that we've lost too many "C2s". Others point out the large number of "DEs" that we have lost. This is not an a...

  • Letters: Alternative Vote referendum
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It should not be a surprise to anyone that two large unions are planning to join the “No” campaign. It suits the unions to keep Labour in their pocket, which they can do under our broken system but which would be harder under a more democratic system...

  • Guy Adams: Rediscovering the lost art of rudeness
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It’s been a while since a living writer has produced an insult of that calibre, so congratulations are due to the critic David Thomson, who was this week credited with a brilliantly crafted put-down of the actor Hugh Grant: “He seems like a refugee f...

  • Leading article: Liberalism still has a place in penal policy
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    The warning signs were there. A report last year by Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, said that alcohol, drugs and mobile phones were regularly being smuggled into the open prison. Insufficient staffing also appears to have been a factor. I...

  • Letters: Incinerators
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    Calling plants that use heat to treat waste "incinerators" is emotive, as is putting "energy from waste" (EfW) in quotation marks every time this unpleasant fact needs to be mentioned. I am an ex-waste manager, but was always known to be decidedly ...

  • Susie Rushton: Ambridge is no place for drama
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    And at the same time, listeners of Britain's gentlest soap opera had been forewarned that the 60th anniversary edition of The Archers, broadcast on Sunday evening, would contain a crisis so dramatic that its after-effects would be "felt for the next ...

  • Leading article: Oh Romeo, Romeo
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    The idea that a child could be a fashion leader would not have surprised our ancestors a few centuries ago. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, people barely recognised the concept of childhood. There were babies and everyone else, and as one can se...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Bad medicine is also bad for the budget
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    He was losing his mind and "doing almost nothing", according to his wife, until a doctor conducted a detailed review. The drugs were withdrawn one by one and he was left on just six, his mobility and mental state much improved. This story was told in...

  • Leading article: Not such a dead language
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    The Romeyka community on the Black Sea coast even play the lyre. If they were to wear chitons and take up the study of philosophy, they could open up an ancient Greek theme park and make a large number of classics professors around the world very hap...

  • Donald Macintyre: Unarmed demonstrators face a difficult struggle
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    Whatever the medical factors, if any, that may have increased Ms Abu Rahma's susceptibility to the military's heavy use of tear gas on Friday, she is the 21st person to have been killed since 2004 in such protests. At these demonstrations, clashes ar...

  • Christopher Hirst: It takes a star to pull off a white suit
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    This is all a little odd since the record itself is a patchy affair, far from being the best in the group's catalogue. For anyone with fond memories of Abbey Road, can I just mention two words? "Octopus's Garden". I might add another three: "Maxwell'...

  • Deborah Ross: Snack by snack – the easy way to gain weight
    Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    As it is, I don't even think I want to drop a dress size. I've actually worked quite hard to go up not one, but two dress sizes in recent years, and have made many sacrifices; have spent long hours at the fridge door eating between meals and snacking...

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