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Tuesday, 4 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: Compromise is inevitable, but it exacts a heavy toll
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    But the grim reality of being a junior partner in a coalition is brought home by today's findings, from a poll of polls, which gives the Liberal Democrats only 11 per cent of the popular vote. It is their worst showing since the acrimonious end of th...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Beware your enemy's stupidity
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    Twenty years ago there was a witch-hunt in Washington over why nobody had forecast that Saddam Hussein would invade and occupy Kuwait. A chief casualty of this was April Glaspie, the US ambassador in Baghdad, who had met for two hours with the Iraqi ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: austerity Britain
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    It is impossible to sustain any argument that “We are all in it together”. In the real world, externally exposed austerity started two years ago, in October 2008: banks collapsing, pensions not increased, interest rates plummeting, and the pound coll...

  • Leading article: Another step closer to the abyss
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    The fact that Mr Taseer was murdered by a member of an elite police squad should not come as a surprise. For years it has been apparent that religious extremists have penetrated the security apparatus in Pakistan, greatly hampering the government in ...

  • Omar Waraich: A rare breed of politician who fought for tolerance
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    Taseer, the governor of Punjab, never shrank from speaking out. When Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy, was sentenced to death, he was the first to visit her in prison and call for her release, earning fatwas against his life. He wa...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Walk the Talk
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: Mister No
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

  • Leading article: Excellent ambassadors
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    Diplomats of the old school must be turning in their grave. All-round gifted amateurism, not excellence, was once the defining feature of the successful diplomat, along with possession of fine features, a public school education, a charming wife and ...

  • Professor John Harris: This would end an evil trade – and save lives
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    I have not only advocated such a regulated market since 1992, but set out in detail how it might work and meet the ethical objections that continue to be voiced. Markets are not ends in themselves. I, and most others who have proposed a regulated mar...

  • Talbot Church: Charles makes his pitch for a green wedding
    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    Prince Charles and his future daughter-in-law have never been twin souls. It had been the Prince's hope that his older son would marry a country girl – many of the problems in his own first marriage, he believes, were caused by what he describes as D...

  • 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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