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  • 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: A sensible redirection of effort, but risks lie ahead
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    To fend off criticism from the Tory right, the International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has launched a major review of how our money is spent. He clearly hopes that support for aid will be increased by demanding greater value for money, ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Hope for peace, be ready for war
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    In particular the Government must now re-open the Strategic Defence Review with a view to getting all our surviving light aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare vessels back to sea with a full complement of Harriers and helicopters. We need carri...

  • Leading article: The wheels come off discrimination
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    Statistics on the involvement of each gender in accidents are used to support the fact that women can generally get cheaper car insurance deals than men. But statistics could be used to present a host of grounds for discrimination by insurance compan...

  • 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...

  • Letter: Universities left to fly blind
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    We note with dismay and alarm that universities are being forced to take major decisions, with unknown consequences, at a breakneck speed. We are being asked to "fly blind" over matters of the utmost importance in respect of our ability to continue t...

  • Leading article: Easy listening
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    Not many of us would be as egotistic as the great diva Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who back in 1958 selected seven of her own recordings. Nor would we necessarily expect the level of politeness shown to Diana Mosley who, after she had denied that six mill...

  • Susannah Frankel: A sad end to the most glittering of careers
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    Staged in January 1996, in a massive sports arena in the suburbs of Paris – the designer was always frowned upon for dragging his audience to the ends of the earth purely for the privilege of witnessing his work – it overturned every pre-conception o...

  • Shashank Joshi: This revolution is far more complex than we imagine
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    This is a deeply fluid revolution in which regime and rebels alike have penetrated hundreds of miles into each others' territories. The opposition-held city of Zawiya is just 30 miles west of Tripoli. But the regime still holds Surt, Colonel Gaddafi'...

  • Talbot Church: Villagers replace 'problematic' Arab leaders
    Wednesday, 2 March 2011

    The problem came to light when it was noticed that an old friend of Prince Andrew's, Saif Gaddafi, was on the invitation list, as were a number of "problematic" Arab potentates whose countries are in a state of unrest. "A handful of sheikhs have been...

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