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  • 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: Britain should stick to the human rights gold standard
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The resurrection of the concept of a British rights bill is a response to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that Britain must end its blanket ban on prisoners from voting and the more recent ruling from the Supreme Court ...

  • 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: Census
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    I spent many years as the chief planning officer of a local authority. One of my main responsibilities was to ensure that infrastructure was in place to allow businesses to thrive. Because of a failure of the private sector to build enough small un...

  • Leading article: Oil exploration: not a price worth paying
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The oil company, naturally, has proclaimed that it will apply for "all necessary environmental and safety approvals" before it begins drilling. And Australia claims that it has the best and safest offshore regulatory regime in the world. Despite that...

  • Shashank Joshi: Arming rebel groups could backfire on the West, as it has done in the past
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The White House is mulling over whether or not to funnel weaponry to the rebels in earnest, even if it yesterday insisted that sending weapons to Libya would be illegal. The obvious precedent would be American support – in concert with Saudi Arabia a...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why put one of the Earth's last pristine reefs at risk?
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    That will be a question to which Australia's leaders will struggle to find a convincing answer, should they take the virtually unthinkable decision to license Shell's proposed oil drilling close to the Ningaloo Reef. For there has never been a time w...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: He a culpa
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

  • Leading article: Risky business
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    So why, in the face of all that evidence, do we persist with our late nights? Scientists now say that it's not simply the attractions of our 24/7 entertainment culture. A lack of sleep alters the way we look at the world. The more tired we get, the m...

  • Talbot Church: 'Bonzer' Prince William set for Aussie role
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    The proposal is not without controversy – the role of Queen's representative has been held by Australians since the 1960s – but is seen to have a double benefit. It rewards loyal Australians, known to be among the most enthusiastic royalists in the C...

  • Kate Luscombe: Ruling will shine a light on mental health system
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    AH's case is simple. Convicted of two counts of attempted wounding, he has been deprived of his liberty for more than 24 years, often in high security at considerable public expense. Over time, he has expressed concerns about the legal grounds for de...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: This plan just perpetuates the prisoners' legal limbo
    Wednesday, 9 March 2011

    Some years later, during his election campaign, Barack Obama agreed, albeit in more judicious terms. Once elected, President Obama made his first act in office the promise to close Guantanamo Bay, and begin to erase its stain. Until now. The same pre...

  • 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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