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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

  • Leading article: The health service needs evolution, not revolution
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    Mr Lansley explained that he wanted to listen, not lecture. But the nurses interpreted this as a way for the Health Secretary to avoid engagement. And his reward was a resounding vote of no-confidence: 478 delegates voted in favour of the motion, jus...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the burka
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    Foreign ideas of modesty Writing about the French ban on the burka (letters, 12 April), Fiyaz Mughal and Omar Mesbahuddin are mistaken; the wearing of the burka, niqab or hijab is not a Muslim religious requirement. As I understand it, the Koran ...

  • Leading article: A coalition still at odds after Doha
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    In an advance on the London meeting, which established the contact group, there was agreement that Muammar Gaddafi's continued presence threatened any resolution to the current crisis, but no open support for regime change imposed from outside. There...

  • Natalie Haynes: Superheroes and musicals don't mix
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    Even when the Spiderman musical was first announced, it was impossible to feel enthusiastic. Who could fail to be baffled at the prospect of matching the coming-of-age story of everyone's favourite geeky teen-bitten-by-a-radioactive-spider with the m...

  • 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?...

  • Leading article: Seconds out at the Royal Albert Hall
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    The residents had argued that boxing and wrestling would bring noise and "antisocial elements" to their plush neighbourhood, not to mention the risk of "very serious disturbances". In contrast, it must be assumed, to the gentle chatter of the refined...

  • Ian Burrell: HuffPo's writers may be overplaying their importance
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    The Greek-born liberal entrepreneur does not pay bloggers who write for her Huffington Post website and some of them have likened her to a slave master, while suing her for a $105m (£64.5m) slice of the $315m she recently received for selling the sit...

  • Richard Moncrieff: Ouattara may struggle to pay his debts
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    The fact that Mr Ouattara won November's elections is now accepted by all of the African Union. This election victory is of course his main card. But he has been able to exercise his mandate only through force. Although the UN and the French played a...

  • Deborah Ross: Health scare stories can give you cancer
    Thursday, 14 April 2011

    My institute, which is entirely devoted to sucking all pleasure out of life, is open daily from 9am to 6pm. During these hours, you may come in to browse any of our literature: a wide and varied collection which includes Salt: It Knows Where You Live...

  • 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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