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Monday, 28 March 2011

  • Leading article: A sweeping privatisation without a democratic mandate
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    The council claims that its financial predicament leaves it with no alternative to this sweeping programme of privatisation. And there is no doubt that the local authority needs to find considerable savings, some £32.4m over five years, as a result o...

  • Leading article: A message from the many stifled by the violence of a few
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    That was the upside for the unions, and for the Labour Opposition. It also helped to vindicate Ed Miliband's decision to address the rally in Hyde Park – an appearance that some feared would reinforce the idea that he was in the pocket of the trade u...

  • Leading article: A bad result for Ms Merkel, and for Europe
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    Ms Merkel, it must be said, has suffered more than her share of bad luck since her re-election. The coalition she had sought with the free-market FDP has not worked nearly as well as her first-term coalition with the Social Democrats, the inexperienc...

  • Leading article: The next domino could be Damascus
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Over the past two weeks, however, demonstrations have erupted in several parts of the country. The most recent disturbances took place in the port of Latakia in the north, where the government confirmed yesterday that 12 people had been killed and mo...

  • Barbara Rayner: Integrity in business is crucial
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    Mahatma Gandhi once quipped “Non-cooperation with the evil is as much a duty as is co-operation with good”. Even Henry Ford is quoted as saying “Business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business”. Integrity in business is crucial a...

  • Letters: Libya's future
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    Is it only me who finds this breathtakingly hypocritical? We commit millions of pounds we are repeatedly told we haven't got, in the name of protecting civilians from a ruler we were happy to support until a few weeks ago, but are happy to inflict co...

  • Susie Rushton: Let the tourists eat blue-blood cake
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    It happens every time we choose a supermarket to buy our groceries (Sainsbury’s or Asda); with each drink we order in the pub (Pimm’s or Bell’s); whenever we treat ourselves by buying something “posh” to eat (M&S salmon en croute), or conversely,...

  • Leading article: They will not be moved
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    The peace camp at Parliament Square, it seems, will not be moved. Westminster Council has run out of time to evict the remaining campers, who moved to the pavement after being forced off the square earlier this month. Of course, the powers-that-be wa...

  • Michael McCarthy: A scientist with the credentials to take on Defra
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    But this colossal three-year study of the global food production system, involving nearly all the UN agencies and published in 2008, is the most comprehensive assessment of the future of agriculture ever undertaken, and the person who oversaw it all ...

  • Mark Borkowski: Turning out spin for brutal dictators is not the risk-free job it used to be
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    Now it is a much more transparent world because of better global news coverage, social media and the ability of people to view what is really going on. Make no mistake. The dirtier the regime and the deeper the crisis, the more money is involved. And...

  • Letters: Protest aimed at an ideology
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Public-sector workers are derided and enmeshed in a tangled web of analogies; public-sector conservatives, pen-pushers and town-hall bureaucrats. Then there is the "slaughtering of sacred cows" and talk of "feather-bedding" and "Spanish practices". C...

  • Leading article: In for the count
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    If you didn't, you have until 6 May to return the form online, just so long as you can imagine yourself back to 27 March. Even then, no one seems to be exactly racing ahead with the count. When computers can deliver an election result within a matter...

  • James Harkin: The iPad is a badge, not a product
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Many emerged holding their products aloft and punching the air. Never mind that iPad 2 was a modest and slightly disappointing upgrade on iPad 1, and that the uninitiated would scarcely be able to tell the difference. The rapturous way it was receive...

  • Vikram Seth: Flagship without a fleet
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    They would have had to consult the FCO if they were closing the Hindi service completely, but by calling the loss of 10 to 20 million listeners on shortwave a mere "platform change", they were able to pass their decision quietly and present it to eve...

  • Deborah Ross: Now let's all play at being Sarah Lund
    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    You may even wish to get in the mood right now by saying: "What am I doing this Saturday night? I'm planning to gloomily solve one more case before gloomily moving to Sweden." Whether you say this while eating cold left-overs from a pan is entirely u...

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