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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

  • Leading article: A missed opportunity for radical reform
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    That fact was revealed in spectacular fashion in 2008, when the previous government rescued the sector with taxpayers' money. This was the only route available. The alternative was to see a general economic collapse, quite possibly followed by social...

  • Leading article: The No campaign is built on fear and cynicism
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    AV is certainly not a perfect electoral system. There are decent arguments that can be made against it. AV can enhance majorities in landslides. And it is not a proportional system either. These are not overwhelming arguments against the reform on of...

  • Leading article: Mr Ouattara's troubles are still not over
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    So far, so good. A final shoot-out, it appears, was avoided. Mr Gbagbo was taken to the headquarters of his rival and said to be in good health. The intention of the Ouattara camp is that he should stand trial. And this is where the next stage of com...

  • Letters: Scared politicians fail to curb casino banking
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    Once again we have cowardly politicians running scared of banks that threaten to move operations overseas and which, in any case, move profits overseas to avoid paying tax to the nation that hosts them. Well, let them move, and ensure they pay tax he...

  • Dr Anthony Seldon: Truly happy people are made, not born
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    I am one of the three founders of Action for Happiness, which was launched yesterday. This non-partisan movement has as its aim the creation of a happier society, and the reduction of human misery. Our message is simple: you need not be unhappy, nor ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Libya's parallels with Iraq under Saddam are truly ominous
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    In fact, Saddam survived for another 12 years and was finally only overthrown by an American and British invasion that plunged the country deeper than ever into violence from which it has still not recovered. Could the same thing happen with Gaddafi?...

  • Letters: Burka ban is an attack on Muslim religion
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    In the past, the French have taken great pride that the government does not involve itself in religious matters. Clearly, this is no longer the case. How long it will be before the state intervenes in other personal matters such as religious expressi...

  • Leading article: All in the mind
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Golf has a claim to be the cruellest of sports. Not in simple terms of life and death: this year's Grand National is too fresh in the memory to argue that. Nor in terms of personal, one-on-one ruthlessness: witness the humiliating demolition job that...

  • Deborah Ross: Running a bath is a good start for an intern
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Still, it's good to have it all out in the open, and should anyone still wish to pursue "work experience" through me then I think it's fair I'm clear about what I'd expect them to do, as follows: * Help with my "research" by clearing out the hall cup...

  • Agnès Poirier: This excessive law tempts me to put a veil on myself
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    And where does it matter to keep religion out? "Public spaces" in the political meaning of the term: courts, hospitals and schools, where we are all bound to interact as citizens of one unified nation. What Nicolas Sarkozy's ill-advised law is doing ...

  • Leading article: Give and take
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    Of course the logic was impeccable – the avoidance of duplicate or unwanted gifts. But it was always a utilitarian imperative which combined the arrogance of demanding presents with menaces with the social anxiety of somehow not trusting the good tas...

  • Anthony Rose: An anonymous, unsung hero – until now
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    "I met him recently when I was judging wines in South Africa," says UK wine writer and educator Michael Schuster. "He's an affable Frenchman, a fitness fanatic and a very good taster." I was at the prestigious first growth Château Margaux last week t...

  • Michael McCarthy: Two disasters that are fundamentally different
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    The move will certainly have political ramifications, with neighbouring countries perceiving the threat to them as being that much greater. But in reality, as Japanese officials were at pain to stress, nothing fundamental has changed; listing Fukushi...

  • Sean O'Grady: Unalloyed good news for us and for the Chancellor
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    But it is even more fortunate for George Osborne's occupancy of No 11. This is a man for whom things seem to be going far better than he had any right to expect. The Bank of England is basically his "Plan B", there to keep the economy going with low ...

  • Talbot Church: Wills and Kate to practise balcony kiss
    Wednesday, 13 April 2011

    So how will this royal wedding be different from previous ones? * An ordinary guest list. As Lord Rees-Mogg put it this week: "A great virtue of the monarchy is that it does not belong to any particular set." So, on 29 April, Kate's friends from Must...

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