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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

  • Leading article: The referendum campaign on voting reform has begun. Does it matter?
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    So why should we care about whether or not our ballot papers allow us to list candidates in order of preference at general elections? Is this not irrelevant to people's real lives, a preoccupation of political anoraks? Apathy is an understandable rea...

  • 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: The Obama doctrine comes into focus
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    Americans are extremely lukewarm about the involvement in Libya. A vociferous minority criticises Mr Obama for not stepping up the war, to get rid of Colonel Gaddafi as soon as possible. A majority is above all fearful of a repeat of Iraq, but for th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Cuts march
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    YouGov asked a sample twice as big as that used by ICM to ask: "Generally speaking, do you support or oppose the aim of the march to campaign against public-sector spending cuts?" More than half the sample (52 per cent) said they support our aims, wh...

  • Leading article: Our cultural fabric must be preserved
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    Arts campaigners tend to stress the economic and social contribution that culture makes to society. But both the arts and the Arts Council would do well to note the words of Sir Richard Eyre, the former head of the National Theatre, who said at a pub...

  • Lance Price: Mogul's hidden hand keeps its grip on power
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    The visit was unannounced and No 10 declined to give details of what had been discussed. The regime may have changed but the mystery of how Murdoch exercised influence continued. After working for Tony Blair in the late 90s, I wrote that Murdoch was ...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: The Interrogative Mood
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

  • Leading article: Commercial breakdown
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    The show's producers were reported to have pushed for more product placement in each episode and shorter running times to allow longer advertising breaks. But the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, was said to have resisted their demands on the grou...

  • Talbot Church: The marketing of 'Princess Ordinary'
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    International news coverage of Kate Middleton's nutrition choices have caused great satisfaction at the leading advertising agency that has been advising the Royal Family on the branding of the princess-to-be. "Research shows that the first six month...

  • Kerry Brown: Arab unrest has reminded Beijing of need for vigilance
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    On the surface, this is all the more perplexing when China's economy is so strong, and it seems to have every reason to be confident and secure. It has emerged from the global economic crisis that began in 2007 with its authority enhanced, and its po...

  • Guy Adams: Technophobes will make heavy weather of using it
    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    The Cloud Player promises to solve this problem, by usurping the computer’s role in storing your music. Your songs become a bit like the contents of a Facebook or Hotmail account: accessible from anywhere you can find the internet. If your laptop is ...

  • 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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