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Friday, 22 April 2011

  • Leading article: Washington finally realises the role it must play in saving Libya
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    The US defence Secretary, Robert Gates, talks only of making a new, "modest contribution" to Nato's air campaign against the regime but the humble phraseology should fool no one. America's decision to deploy Predator drones to shore up Libyan rebel p...

  • Letters: Coalitions and AV
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    As he surely knows, there was such an option. Nick Clegg shuttled between the Tories and Labour like a shopper in the January sales looking for the best deal. This highlights the real problem of AV and of PR: under a hung parliament, the voters have ...

  • Leading article: Let the church speak its mind
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    Rowan Williams put forward the idea that we might make the rich and powerful emulate the Queen's example by passing a law that obliged bankers and cabinet ministers, among others, to spend several hours each year performing such tasks as serving prim...

  • Tim Montgomerie: PM ought to focus on his own base – not on Clegg
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    The Lib Dems will perform incredibly badly in next month's elections. Clegg's local government base, which sustained his party during the wilderness decades when it had no power at Westminster, is likely to be devas-tated. The party may lose half of ...

  • Harriet Walker: Once we used to donate stuff. Now we just want to flog it
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    This, then, is modern charity. Further afield, Viscount Cowdray had a bit of a sort-out this week too. He has sized up the grandiose trappings of his family seat and is holding an enormous public sale. His Gainsborough, not seen for 50 years, will be...

  • E Jane Dickson: How did the church turn into the most radical voice in the land?
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    But the Archbishop of Canterbury was on to something when he called this week for the nation's leaders to harness that Maundy feeling. In his traditional Maundy address, delivered on the day in the Christian calendar when clerics, in imitation of Chr...

  • Leading article: A blind eye in the West to repression in the Gulf
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    There has been no United Nations Security Council discussion of the situation in Bahrain, no trenchant Western demands for the regime in the capital, Manama, to acquiesce to the legitimate democratic demands of the opposition. No sorties by Nato jets...

  • Leading article: Scenting trouble
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    Skunks are not quite yet a "must-have" in the pet stakes, but as we report today, they are becoming popular; breeders have reported exceptional levels of interest this year. Leaving aside well-known problems over their scent glands, it is not hard to...

  • Letters: Perspectives on a power crisis
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    EU fuel limit will bring an energy gap Recently released energy-supply statistics, from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which show reduced energy output from renewables between 2009 and 2010, conveniently occurred in a year when ove...

  • Leading article: Lords reform must be delayed no longer
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    It is understandable why governments are shy of Lords reform. When the late Robin Cook attempted it, a decade ago, he could not find a way past the obstacle that while most MPs agreed that the Lords should be reformed there was no agreement over how ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The regimes are rallying their forces. Is the tide turning against Arab freedom?
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    From Libya to Bahrain and Syria to Yemen, leaders are clinging on to power despite intense pressure from pro-democracy protesters. And the counter-revolution has so far had one undoubted success: the Bahraini monarchy, backed by troops from Saudi Ara...

  • Leading article: Morrissey's instant classic?
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    He might be right about the quality of many new books. But sadly, the fact that a garden is full of weeds does not guarantee that the next growth will be a rose. The possibility that Morrissey's book might not merit the exalted status he desires does...

  • John Kampfner: Justice Eady is in danger of making an ass of the law
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    The Prime Minister's intervention was prompted by a new spate of judgments that have allowed – even encouraged – the rich and famous to go to court to prevent their extra-marital dalliances being splashed on front pages. The footballers and entertain...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Asthma sufferers beware: the dangers are all too real
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    Asthma sufferers should avoid outdoor exercise in the afternoon, and cut unnecessary car journeys. Research has shown that an increase in pollution levels during sunny weather is followed by a rise in emergency hospital admissions. The maximum risk o...

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