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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

  • Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – and a challenge for Labour
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    The Bill's reach will be broad and deep. The national identity register will be formally abolished, signalling an end to the threat of Britons being required to carry ID cards. The police's DNA database will be restricted, too. At the moment, the pol...

  • Leading article: A levy that looks like a white flag of surrender
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    That is an insult to the public's intelligence. Nothing about the banks' financial situation has changed in recent weeks. The only new development with regard to the banks is the fact that the Government's behind-the-scenes attempts to reach a deal w...

  • Letters: City of the future that never was
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    The great plan at the time was for the city-centre streets to be handed over to cars at ground level. Pedestrians were to be banished to a network of walkways at first-floor level. For some years any new buildings in the city centre had to incorporat...

  • Leading article: A message designed to be heard
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    That Israel might take umbrage, however, does not mean that Mr Hague was not right. These are uncertain, and potentially dangerous, times, and the temptation might be for a stable and militarily strong power – such as Israel – to exploit its advantag...

  • Virginia Ironside: Renewed love affairs are fragile unless the couple commit fully to the relationship
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    That's perhaps what people felt when it turned out that Sienna Miller and Jude Law, having been separated for three years, had reunited in October 2009. But – and it isn't a great surprise – now they've split up and this time, it seems, it's for good...

  • Tim Walker: Abbey Road is not my memory lane
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    The following year, anyone old enough can fondly recall how they broke America with that appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show – and, a year after that, eulogise the famed Shea Stadium gig that even the band couldn't hear above the screams. Just think: ...

  • Katherine Butler: Europe's betrayal of the Arab awakening
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    As the shockwaves from events in its Mediterranean backyard have reverberated, reaction in Europe has gone through a number of phases. None of it has been edifying and all of it adds up to a lost opportunity. First there was a mortifying silence: dur...

  • Letters: Alternative Vote
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The Alternative Vote will not solve our democratic problems. Electoral reformers should vote against AV in the forthcoming referendum. AV is not proportional and can exaggerate landslide elections. In 1997, for example, it is probable that Blair wo...

  • Leading article: Lung cancer: the only way must be down
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The explanation lies in smoking. Some 90 per cent of deaths from lung cancer occur in people with a long history of cigarette use. Lung cancer hardly occurred before the advent of the cigarette. In the early days most smokers were men. But as cigaret...

  • Ian Burrell: Alarm bells ring for Murdoch in his Wapping fortress
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    Foremost among his concerns will be the threat of damage to The Sun, the paper which he bought for £800,000 in 1969 and a title that is especially close to his heart and highly profitable. The paper has managed to remain distant from the stain of pho...

  • Sean O'Grady: Osborne's City 'friends' may be in for a shock
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The elite spraying £6bn in bonuses around like so much Bolly, including £9m for the Barclays boss Bob Diamond, at a time of benefit cuts and 750,000 of the middle classes being dragged into the 40 per cent tax band, is electoral poison. So Osborne pr...

  • John Rentoul: Labour's Lack of Leadership
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

  • Leading article: Public inconvenience
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    If anything, though, the situation is worse than this. Manchester has already lost so many of its public toilets that "all but one" means, in actual fact, six. In a country that once prided itself on its standards of public hygiene and sanitation, th...

  • Mark Hughes: This time the victims are being put first
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    It adds weight to the suggestion that detectives were keen to quickly close down the original operation, either through fear that they would upset Rupert Murdoch's powerful News International, or because they simply did not treat the investigation se...

  • Lucinda Lambton: Public WCs were once Britain's pride and glory
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    There can be few sights that more splendidly state their purpose, than say, the ceramic Corinthian splendours – along with little slate Ionic columns cisterns – of the public Gents under Market Place in Hull of 1906. What too, about the 20, sleekly s...

  • Deborah Ross: Go on, spread a little love on yourself
    Thursday, 10 February 2011

    Send yourself a selection of cards. The ideal number is probably three – a romantic one, an arty one, and a sexy one, just to prove to yourself what you've known all along: that you have across-the-board appeal. Do remember, though, to disguise the h...

  • Ben Chu: New transparency on bonuses? Nope
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

  • Leading article: California nightmare
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    No fewer than eight of the top 20 "most miserable cities in America" are to be found in the state, according to Forbes magazine, which each year announces the worst places to live in the US, based on a combination of statistics for unemployment, crim...

  • Talbot Church: Caring Kate and Wills to make Red Nose debut
    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    The idea of bringing a spot of royal magic to Comic Relief came from none other than Kate Middleton herself. "Kate's very much a charity person," a senior courtier revealed. "She's also a media-savvy modern girl who has seen for herself the so-called...

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