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Monday, 7 March 2011

  • Leading article: From royal asset to national liability
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    But to those who regarded the monarchy as, on balance, a benefit for Britain, it seemed to make sense to put royals such as Prince Andrew to some use. This was surely better than taxpayers paying for them to do nothing but cavort on yachts and shoot ...

  • Leading article: A call for growth that cannot mask economic reality
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    Whether vague-sounding pledges to do battle with bureaucrats will rescue the Conservatives from the doldrums after a rotten few weeks for the Coalition Government and Mr Cameron in particular is doubtful. From the public relations disaster of his ill...

  • Leading article: Professionals in need of a check-up
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    According to a study reported by the British Medical Journal, one in five UK doctors said they had direct experience of an incompetent or poorly performing colleague in the past three years. And while three-quarters of them reported their concerns, o...

  • Letters: Public libraries
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    I live in rural Norfolk; my nearest library is three miles away and is open on four days. From home, I can access online the entire Norfolk library catalogue. Through my online account I can request and renew items, choosing which branch to pick them...

  • Leading article: Balkan talks are a quiet triumph for the EU
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    Talks in Brussels will not solve overnight an ethnic and territorial dispute that dates back centuries. To most Serbs, Kosovo remains part of their ancestral, national patrimony and they are in no hurry now, or possibly at any stage, to recognise the...

  • Letters: World trouble-spots will see more of the SAS
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    The White House has more than doubled the numbers of special operations forces in Afghanistan alone, as well as doubling the CIA's use of missile strikes from unmanned drones in Pakistan. And throughout Nato, after spending hundreds of millions of po...

  • Susie Rushton: I've just discovered the new New York
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    Sixty-two per cent of those polled picked Germany as the most "positively viewed" (surprisingly, Britain came second, with 58 per cent) – a result, say the pollsters, of its reputation for the pleasant lifestyles enjoyed by Germans and the high-quali...

  • Leading article: Spot the mongrel
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    Fiona, or so her owners hope, will be in contention for best of breed (Dalmatian) at Crufts, which opens later this week. But she carries – oh, the shame of it – an alien gene. Deep in her ancestry – sorry, pedigree – hides a tiny fraction of pointer...

  • Tom Stoppard: We must not be distracted from this brutality
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    So you could be forgiven for asking: set against the scale and violence of the retaliation by autocracies in North Africa and the Gulf, don't we have worse things to worry about than the crimes of Alexander Lukashenko and his bully boys? It's the wro...

  • Leading article: Private eye
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    To many people, the idea that a great work of art should be hidden away for so long is unsettling, indeed almost an affront. The Tate's decision to put this mysterious Picasso on show is welcome. But we should remember that the idea that all great ar...

  • Andy Martin: But could Che fix his own pistons?
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    The death of Alberto Granado – Che Guevara's sidekick of The Motorcycle Diaries fame – brought it all back to me: the enchantment of the old motorbike, that can fly you like an angel across a continent – or plunge you into the depths of despair befor...

  • Marcus Tanner: It's largely about appearing to be willing, but it's a start
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    So the fact that the two sides at least appear willing to talk is a breakthrough in itself and a feather in the cap of the EU, the moving force behind this initiative. Europe is, indeed, what it's all about. Serbia's EU prospects are advancing faster...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Lansley faces landmark decision over NHS closures
    Monday, 7 March 2011

    He announced a moratorium on closures following the election, after Tory MPs opposed re-organisations across the country during the election campaign. There is now a pent-up bulge of at least 25 planned "reconfigurations", and the decision on Chase F...

  • Deborah Ross: Tills that make you do the work are evil
    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    I believe the rot first set in with those "fast ticket" machines in railway stations whose name suggests they are quite the fastest way to purchase tickets, although first you have to navigate the array of ticket types on offer: Single; Day Return; D...

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