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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

  • Leading article: Libyan intervention needs to be guided by discretion
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    That original promise is now looking decidedly shaky. The purpose of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 was to prevent a civilian massacre in Benghazi by forces loyal to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. But last week David Cameron, Nicolas...

  • John Sentamu: Is the Big Society big enough to offer shelter to refugees?
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Today, no country should have to act alone, and those states affected by recent political upheaval are assisted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. International arrangements are in place to ensure that victims of violence and torture...

  • Leading article: How the wheels of this misadventure were oiled
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    Indeed, BP was pressing for a share of the spoils in the wake of "regime change" in Iraq. When the company feared it was being excluded from agreements made in Washington to carve up access to Iraq's oil supplies, the former trade minister Baroness S...

  • Letters: Perspectives on voting reform
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Gut feelings I read with something approaching despair that, in arguing against AV, David Cameron claimed that: "Politics shouldn't be some mind-bending exercise; it's about what you feel in your gut." I was hoping that politics and government mi...

  • Leading article: Sectarian shame of a national game
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Football in Glasgow has for decades generated an unhealthy level of passion and confrontation. It continues to do so to a worrying extent: in February more than 200 arrests were made following a Celtic-Rangers match. But sending letter-bombs is on an...

  • Richard Sollom: The shocking thing is that Bahrain abuse is systematic
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Bahrain's ambulances, hospitals and medical clinics as well as its physicians, nurses, and medical staff are all being targeted. It's pervasive and ongoing. These attacks violate the principle of medical neutrality and are grave breaches of internati...

  • Andy McSmith: This insidious practice has been going on for years
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    The Commons is increasingly dominated by professionals who go into full-time politics straight from university and spend almost their entire working lives in that milieu. Peerages can be the means of injecting people with experience of the wider worl...

  • Natalie Haynes: Press 'send' for a place in history
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    And while some historians will doubtless wring their ink-splotched hands at the loss of lavender-scented lovers' letters and the sturdy Basildon Bonds of affairs of state, this is surely the future of archives. When even the poets have switched to em...

  • Letters: AV referendum
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    The No leaflet offers hardly anything but innuendo. It starts with the implication that AV would give some people more votes than others and continues with fanciful figures on the cost of AV. It ends with a snide attempt to capitalise on Nick Clegg's...

  • Leading article: Cameron's contentious and unworthy attack
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    Mr Cameron is under no obligation to back him. And the Prime Minister made a reasonable point when he suggested that the IMF should look eastwards, to China or India, for a suitable candidate. But he could have argued that without indulging in deroga...

  • Michael Bywater: My brain can't handle voting reform
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    And first past the post is just silly. You can get in with the majority of voters wishing you hadn't. That fails the Bentham Utilitarian Test, which says that the moral worth of any action depends on its tendency to increase the happiness, or decreas...

  • Sean O'Grady: Starvation isn't the fault of food traders
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    Yet irksome as rising prices are, food and drink accounts for just £12 in every £100 the average British household spends. And, overall, UK food prices are up by 4.5 per cent on 2010 – against 36 per cent on world markets. That's because many of the ...

  • Christian Le Mière: Such advisers have been used before – but had to fight
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    The UK team is likely to comprise a small number of military officers, with no more than 15 personnel. It is unclear whether the advisory team will entirely be made up of army officers or whether it will include air force and naval officers also. Giv...

  • John Curtice: Scotland's experience of AV makes awkward reading for both camps
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    But there is no need to go halfway round the world to find out what would happen under AV in Britain, because the system is already in use here. Following the introduction in 2007 of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) – AV's close, though more propor...

  • Leading article: A spy in our pockets
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    The researchers who discovered this feature point out that it could be used by jealous spouses or private detectives in ways that the phone's owner might not be particularly happy about. Of course, the feature could also, theoretically, help the abse...

  • Jon Levy: A huge talent devoted to telling stories of conflicts
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    His approach was different: he wanted to set himself apart from the photography pack by working in different ways, and he was drawn towards the harder stories, wars and conflicts. His work followed a trajectory from a heartfelt story on a school for ...

  • Simon Read: Stop clutching at straws and do the decent thing
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    But the banks have fought against doing the decent thing and repaying people all along. Typical of their delaying attitude is the fact that almost nine out of 10 PPI cases taken to the Financial Ombudsman are awarded against the banks, but they still...

  • Deborah Ross: Exposing your body to the sun? Get busy...
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Here is a list of just some of the things a woman has to do to prepare: apply self-tan so you don't frighten children with your startlingly white luminosity; wax, shave, depilate, pluck and Nair like a mad thing, while asking yourself: "Do I have to ...

  • Leading article: Things of beauty?
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    There's something businesslike about the medium of email. Abbreviations and erratic punctuation are common. We tend not to compose them with the same care that we would compose a letter on paper. Nor do we feel as comfortable committing profound feel...

  • Talbot Church: Kate dismisses switch to 'Catherine' will choose
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    Close friends of princess-to-be Kate Middleton have been delighted that, in spite of the pressures of becoming one of the most famous women in the world, her no-nonsense style remains unchanged. When the young couple are together at their Anglesey ho...

  • David Usborne: The genie of change is already out of the bottle
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    You hear the argument made that change will ruin Cuba. Having a regular gay club to visit takes away some of the cloak-and-dagger thrill of how things used to be. Meanwhile, the package-tour industry (in Canada and Europe, but not in the US) might as...

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