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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

  • Leading article: Uncomfortable truths for a stubborn Chancellor
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    An analysis from the International Monetary Fund (another organisation whose economic judgement Mr Osborne has lauded in the past) issued a similar warning this week. The IMF has forecast growth for this year of just 1.5 per cent. It also recommends ...

  • Leading article: Waste that the country can no longer afford
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    The House of Commons Public Affairs Committee argues in its new report into the fiasco today that the Department of Health should have consulted more extensively with health professionals before embarking on the project. That is certainly true. Many ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the Arab Spring
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Not everyone hates the Muslim Brotherhood Robert Fisk's coverage of the "Arab Spring" has been characteristically accurate and insightful thus far. However I must take issue with some of the claims in his article "Egypt's revolutionary youth are ...

  • Leading article: A new nation's democratic test
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Mr Mubarak is the first Arab leader overthrown by his own people to face justice – an undeniably momentous event not just for Egypt but for the whole of the Middle East. The trial was not orchestrated by the West (as in Iraq) and the ex-president was...

  • Tom Chatfield: Two cheers for Twitter and its democratic potential
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    These waters have got muddier almost by the day. Is Wikileaks a force for truth and justice – or a quasi-terrorist organisation? Are Google and Facebook benign giants – or data-hungry profiteers? Is a free press a precious national asset – or a worse...

  • Andy Martin: Cambridge is the place for Joey Barton
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Now, as he is being squeezed out by Newcastle United, he has turned to philosophy for support. On Twitter, he has recruited a Premiership team of attackers and defenders, including Nietzsche, Goethe, Virgil, Proust, Norman Mailer, and the well-known ...

  • Letters: Do we really need to cut the national thirst for alcoholic drinks?
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    You point out that if a government committee on reducing the danger to health caused by smoking included members of the tobacco industry there would be an outcry. That would not make the outcry right. A perfectly legal industry among Britain's leadin...

  • Harriet Walker: Some things just can't be prettified
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    But how I rue the enforcing of this in new and ridiculous ways designed to pander to the perceived weaknesses of the latter-day "girly girl". It's one thing to wear a pretty floral pinafore because the sun has come out, quite another to waft around t...

  • Leading article: France's cynical populism
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    Despite an international outcry at the harassment of Europe's largest ethnic minority, nearly 500 Roma settlements have been demolished. Adults have lost their jobs, children's schooling has been disrupted, access to water and electricity has been re...

  • Oliver Wright: The potential was huge, but so were the problems
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    He should have added that the pitfalls were just as big.Nine years and a new Government later, Mr Blair's vision for a joined-up, computerised NHS now looks recklessly optimistic.But how did things go so badly wrong?Amid the twists, turns and travail...

  • Leading article: Still deeper
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    The ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing – which involves shooting jets of water to fracture shale rock and dislodge gas – is still unknown. The French government is concerned enough to have banned it. Yet our own Government has thrown its arms ...

  • Leading article: Hindrance not help
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Ms Villiers' suggestion is, of course, ridiculous. As keen as these Tyneside workers are to keep their positions, they are most unlikely to up sticks and move to Mumbai to do so. But, at least, one might argue, a minister is standing up for the princ...

  • Robin Scott-Elliot: An offensive term? Well, it's worse than Pom
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    He has been called much worse than a "useless Jock" – he got an opprobrious battering via Twitter at Wimbledon this summer. A press box colleague (an Englishman who lives in Scotland) tried to defend Murray (a Scotsman who lives in England) and found...

  • Hermione Eyre: Fabergé eggs: exquisite and completely naff
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Take the Mosaic Egg of 1914, which resembles a tapestry sampler, except every stitch is made out of precious stones. A perfect Easter present for the Empress who has everything. Then there is a miniature gold Louis XV-style escritoire, for the autocr...

  • Fred Pearce: A closure that won't help the environment
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    I grew up hating nuclear power. For four reasons. It looked unsafe in operation; its waste disposal problems looked even scarier; it was, whatever our masters claimed, linked to nuclear weapons; and I didn't want the kind of surveillance state that k...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: It's already more hyped than it was first time around
    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Nonetheless, the re-emergence of the film is bound to cause huge excitement. It was shot in Islington, north London, and was the follow-up to Woman To Woman (1923), an international hit that the same team had made the year before. It seems that all t...

  • Leading article: Heart lifting
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    Patients often talk of receiving a new lease of life. In the case of Mr Green, who would have died without this device, it is literally true. But uplifting as the story is, the fact remains that, if Mr Green is to stage a proper recovery, he needs a ...

  • Leading article: Time to go back to basics
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    This week's results show a slight improvement – with 67 per cent, as against 64 per cent last year, achieving the desired standard. But the percentage failing remains stubbornly similar. A variety of initiatives have been tried but they have produced...

  • Harriet Walker: This is high fashion that appeals to the masses
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    The Met exhibitions, which are some of the biggest events in the fashion calendar, are usually sponsored up to the hilt and draw on collectors around the globe. But Savage Beauty presented rare work from McQueen's own archive. Collaborators, apprenti...

  • Natalie Haynes: The sex strike: under-used in negotiations
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    The women see there is no reasoning with the Athenian or Spartan men, who are intent on fighting each other to the bitter end. So the women go on a sex strike, and refuse to go any further than teasing their husbands and boyfriends till the chaps all...

  • Jay Merrick: Naff names for new communities
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    The Communities minister Bob Neill, meanwhile, wants to avoid "artificial communities just plonked down." But they will be, regardless of names that sound as if they have local provenance. If they succeed, it won't be because Sweetwater was preferred...

  • Richard Garner: Too much teaching to tests has an impact on learning
    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    Very modestly (one percentage point in both maths and English), it has to be admitted but better than stagnation or decline.No, the real worry behind this year's national curriculum test results is the fact that the percentage of high flyers in Engli...

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