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Thursday, 7 April 2011

  • Leading article: Europe's leaders are choosing to ignore reality
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    Yesterday the Spanish finance minister, Elena Salgado, "absolutely ruled out" the idea that her nation would be next to call on fiscal support from the fund set up by the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund last year. But why should anyone b...

  • Leading article: The unenviable task that faces the next leader in Abidjan
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Ivory Coast was once the economic powerhouse of West Africa. It produced almost half the world's cocoa and for 20 years maintained an annual economic growth rate of nearly 10 per cent, the highest of any African nation without oil. It contributed 40 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on changes to the NHS
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    Fragmentation would be disastrous The Prime Minister has promised to make "all necessary changes" to the Health and Social Care Bill ("Minister; tell us your fears about NHS reforms – but we might not listen", 7 April). As a first step he has ide...

  • Leading article: Time to answer the phone problem
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    The staff, headteacher and local authority all agree that Darwen is not like the infamous Ridings School in Halifax, which in the 1990s was labelled the worst school in Britain after teachers walked as scores of pupils ran out of control. Indeed, pup...

  • Sean O'Grady: Political risk is everywhere as the European debt crisis continues
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    For now, the big surprise is that Spain has managed to escape the turmoil – the domino that did not fall. The malign magic of "contagion" ought to have led inexorably to a Spanish rescue deal. But for now, the markets seem to have given Spain the ben...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the burkha
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Pot calling the kettle... Yasmin Alibhai-Brown yet again claims she is speaking out against racism ("Sixteen reasons why I object to this dangerous cover up", 4 April). She says that despite the British people being racist "minorities have in gen...

  • Leading article: The Coalition will listen, but will it learn?
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    On the one hand, what has happened offers a lesson to all governments in the imperative of controlling the agenda, especially when, as with the medical profession, long-standing vested interests may be threatened. On the other, however, as was clear ...

  • Natalie Haynes: You don't have to be an intern to get on in life
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Because that's the word I was looking for yesterday to describe my feelings as I read about Nick Clegg's assault on unpaid internships. Nick Clegg is a man who, for thousands of students, embodies political betrayal, the leader of a party opposed to ...

  • Leading article: Still wild after all these years
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    The ocean tumbled by for Mr Smith in a66-day voyage which proved that for some senior citizens tomorrow never comes. Mr Sendak has abandoned his wolf-suited young hero Max for a porcine protagonist called Bumble-Ardy, but his world is as fantasticall...

  • Paul Taylor: A cock-up at the Cock, but a first night not to miss
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    Not having the right licence certainly constitutes a cock-up at the Cock, a theatre which, under Adam Spreadbury-Maher's artistic directorship, has begun to remind me of the Gate during the regime of Stephen Daldry in the early 1990s. There are big d...

  • Richard Garner: Chaos in class is so bad, teachers are ready to quit profession
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    Strike action over bad behaviour is rare. The last major case centred on the Ridings School in Calderdale in 1996 when teachers demanded that 60 unruly pupils should be excluded from the school. Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, was called in...

  • Jerome Taylor: Removal of the old leader will do nothing to heal a bleeding nation torn in half
    Friday, 8 April 2011

    The imminent defeat of Mr Gbagbo and his core followers will lead to the capture or death of a man who has flown in the face of international opinion and refused to cede power. But it will do little to disarm his passionate youth militias or repair a...

  • Leading article: Prize fighters
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    In the past, it has tended to be the Templeton Foundation that has caught the flak, for – some have said – courting amenable scientists with a view to validating its own work on religion. This year, however, the recipient was in the firing line. Esse...

  • Sean O'Grady: If Spain fails, it will be too expensive to save
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    The real question, even more urgent and crucial is whether another eurozone and IMF loan is really the answer. Many of Spain's banks, like Ireland and for that matter the UK's are busted, their bad debts are so large that they will never be able to f...

  • Deborah Ross: You want a lift to Nando's? Get real, son
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Q: Mum, can I have a lift to Tom's and then the park and then Nando's? A: Listen, my friend, I delivered you out of my vagina. I think I've done all the delivering I am going to do for now. I'm thinking buses are the way forward for you. Q: Mum, c...

  • Paul Vallely: All too often, a leader's lust for power is fed by his acolytes
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    The same is probably true of President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen and a goodly number of other Arab leaders currently maintaining their fingertip holds on power. That being so, a...

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