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  • Leading article: Cameron's cynical and disappointing approach to immigration
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    But the real problem with yesterday's speech by Mr Cameron was less the location than the logic. After the usual acknowledgement of the benefits of immigration, the Prime Minister went on to present flows of people from overseas as a threat to commun...

  • 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: Berlusconi: Europe's least credible legal reformer
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    The most damaging trial will be one in which he is accused of paying for under-aged sex with a Moroccan nightclub dancer called Ruby, one of dozens of models and showgirls who performed stripteases and pole dances at his villa. He is also charged wit...

  • David Prosser: It's time for a truce before more cyclists' lives are lost
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    In the middle of the rush hour, plenty of people had seen the accident happen. Many of the witnesses were upset – several of them in tears. But none of the cyclists who stopped at the scene seemed to share the sense of shock. It was grim, for sure, b...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Welcome interruption
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    Ums and errs, in particular, it seems, are devices we use subconsciously to indicate that the word we are going to say next is particularly, um, revealing. The researchers who have uncovered this are cognitive scientists examining how children learn....

  • Michael McCarthy: The former PM's infatuation with a nuclear future
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    Supported by his Chief Scientist, Sir David King, he envisaged carbon-free atomic energy as an essential part of the solution. In part, too, it was a Labour Party politician's realisation that there were a lot of jobs in deprived west Cumbria that de...

  • Cat Le-Huy: People enter the legal system and just disappear
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    Passing through Dubai International Airport, as thousands of other Brits do every week, a guard pulled me out of the passport line. He looked through my bag where he found some melatonin tablets. Melatonin is a legal health supplement which is used t...

  • Ian Burrell: Veteran scoop-getter is used to dishing the dirt
    Friday, 15 April 2011

    Mr Weatherup, though, was otherwise disposed yesterday, helping Scotland Yard with its inquiries after officers from Operation Weeting took him into custody for questioning. Weatherup, 55, is the third former or current senior member of NOTW staff to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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