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Monday, 28 February 2011

  • Leading article: High-speed is still the right track for Britain
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Fierce objections from those who live on the proposed route through the Chilterns and north-west London have already begun. The case should be heard. But the Government needs to consider the national interest as well as the local. And the national in...

  • Leading article: An unlikely rediscovery of union muscle
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    So far, so conventional. But two things make this dispute unusual. The first is its duration, solidity and potential reach. Fearful workers in other Midwestern states, where Republicans have majorities in the new legislatures, are either taking or co...

  • Leading article: Ireland must free itself from economic bondage
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    But this election promises to be more than simply a political revolution. Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael and the next prime minister, vowed yesterday to set Ireland on a fresh financial course; one radically different from that charted by his Fi...

  • Andrew Buncombe: You’re breaking up, I’m at the cinema
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    Other things have gone in reverse. Three years ago, I was delighted to discover how simple and quick it was to buy a mobile phone, how cheap the calls were and how good the coverage was even in the most remote parts of the country. But gradually, mob...

  • Luke Blackall: Giving to charity has never felt so good
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Guests can feel good just by mingling and drinking the free champagne (usually provided by a sponsor). If they want to feel especially good about themselves, they can listen to the speech on the worthiness of whatever cause it is we're noticing that ...

  • Letters: Climate sceptics
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    After initially explaining his scepticism on specific scientific grounds, Dyson soon resorted to the generalism that debate and scepticism are in themselves good for science. True, but iconoclasm for its own sake, without evidence, is mere intellectu...

  • Katherine Butler: Stand up, tick box and be counted
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    From the moment I set foot in Paris for the first time at the age of 14, I knew I wanted to live in other places too. My days would be filled with reading Simone de Beauvoir on the cafe terraces of the Left Bank, I decided. Which doesn't mean I don't...

  • Leading article: Bolt from the blue
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    In one way it might seem disappointing that the Earth was not self-sufficient and may not have produced its own life. But perhaps we should not be so surprised. Our planet, at that time, was an extremely inhospitable place, hot and devoid of oxygen. ...

  • Deborah Ross: Your questions for bankers answered
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Q: As the bank is now in debt to me, can I send them a nasty letter a day for as long as I feel like it? A: Absolutely. Q: If I don't get a reply, can I send them two nasty letters a day for as long as I feel like it, while upping the charges minute ...

  • Susie Rushton: 'Pressure of work' is no excuse
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Is John Galliano, now suspended by his bosses at Christian Dior, to go down in history as haute couture's answer to Mel Gibson? He is an unlikely racist, say some friends and defenders in the fashion world. A man who mined ideas for his spectacular f...

  • Letters: A bloody price for Libya's oil
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    Far from being freeloaders, they have always had to pay overseas tuition fees for their children at universities, despite having paid more British income tax in the past than the parents of students from other EU countries. We are often told of how m...

  • Leading article: The dangers of a circuitous approach
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    The present regulator of care homes, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is overburdened and under-resourced. It was formed in 2009 out of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission and mu...

  • Nadra Ahmed: Independent sector can't afford more red tape
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    In short, a care home which should easily get an excellence rating under the Government's proposed new system. But such a home may not, for one very simple reason: it may not be able to afford to take part. The National Care Association represents mo...

  • Steve Crawshaw: After too long, the Security Council unites for justice
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    The arms embargo and asset freeze that the council imposed is significant in symbolic and practical terms. Importantly, the decision to refer Libya to the International Criminal Court sends a signal that the killings will not go unpunished. That has ...

  • Michael Bywater: A national brand stuck in the 1920s
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    The underpinnings are in place. Johnny Arab going crackers toppling dictators right and left, while back in Blighty the flannelled fools are at the wicket, the muddied oafs in the goal. The palpably barking Gordon turns out to have been hand in hand ...

  • Leading article: Act of kindness?
    Monday, 28 February 2011

    Danny Boyle's Frankenstein opened last week at the National Theatre without a break in the middle of the play. Million Dollar Quartet, which premieres tonight at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End, will be interval-free. Smaller regional theatre...

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