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Thursday, 16 February 2012

  • Leading article: The starting gun is fired in defence of the union
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    The Prime Minister certainly had plenty of ground to make up. He was largely silent on the question of Scottish independence until last month, leaving Scotland's tenacious First Minister to dominate for the first 18 months of the Coalition Government...

  • Mehdi Hasan: Follow Obama, Ed, and get in touch with your inner populist
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    Late last year, the "Ragin' Cajun" turned his attention to the re-election efforts of Barack Obama. "People often ask me what advice I would give the White House," he wrote in September, offering his new maxim: "Fire. Indict. Fight." The president sh...

  • Leading article: Iran risks playing into the hands of its enemies
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    Nuclear fuel rods and centrifuges, though, are not toys; nor should they be used as propaganda props. To trifle with such sensitive apparatus – even if, as Iran still insists, it is designed to produce nothing more harmful than much-needed electricit...

  • Simon Kelner: House prices may be root of southern unhappiness
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    Here, on the north-west frontier with Scotland, the levels of contentment – measured in terms of how people feel about their home, their personal prosperity, and their community – are way above the national average, and contrast starkly with the poor...

  • Donald MacInnes: The ups and downs of having very distant relations
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    Better still would be a web from that experiment where scientists gave spiders various substances to see how their silky skills were affected. Some were given caffeine, some marijuana, others LSD and so on, producing results which have delighted stud...

  • Letters: High energy prices could be good
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    If energy prices rise then, presumably, two positive outcomes are likely. First, usage will go down and second, looking for alternative sources of all types of energy will become more attractive. Uncomfortable perhaps but logically consistent. Joh...

  • Leading article: The tax system is credible only if fair
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    Not so unusual; it now transpires that two dozen or more senior staff paid by the Department of Health benefit from a similar tax status. The department has now apologised for denying in a Commons written answer that any of its civil servants were pa...

  • Viv Groskop: Did you know Miss Piggy is really a man?
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    I also got something I was not expecting. The revelation that feminism is alive and well in Hollywood. Sort of. Trailed ahead of the film and coming soon to a screen near you: Brave, the Disney Pixar story of a Viking princess, and Mirror Mirror, fea...

  • Jeremy Laurance: 'Wireless medicine' helps solve one of doctors' biggest problems - getting patients to take drugs
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    It may appear surprising that people will go to the trouble of making an appointment with a doctor, visiting the surgery, getting a diagnosis and a prescription, and then choose not to follow it.The reasons are many. The drugs may be painful to take,...

  • Phillip Blond & Graham Allen: We need a magna carta for true local government
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    How would we all respond if local government were truly set free from the clutches of Whitehall? That is the challenge currently opened up by Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which is asking if we need to create a ne...

  • We need to avoid another ‘lost generation’
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

     

  • Amol Rajan: The Baroness, the comment and the unholy trinity
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    Both she and the paper were shamelessly pandering to the baser instincts of Telegraph readers, tapping into their growing fear that Britain is being taken away from them. Having spent some time on a Comment desk, I know how these things work. An advi...

  • Letters: Secularism Hitlerism? Absurdism!
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    I must remember to renew my subscriptions to the Nazi and Communist parties, cancel my standing orders to the various charities to which I contribute and then to kick the Big Issue seller outside Waitrose instead of buying (and enjoying) the magazi...

  • Leading article: Not such a beautiful game
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    There are two strands to the club's financial meltdown. One is its annual losses of around £10m. The other, which precipitated the latest crisis, is a tax issue. Rangers have been using offshore "employee benefits trusts" to pay some staff, in an eff...

  • Jude Rogers: The Welsh language is too precious to be allowed to disappear
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    Figures from the Comprehensive Welsh Language Board released this week paint a dark picture. The number of Welsh speakers moving out of the country, or dying, every year – 11,700 in total – is overtaking those who are left and those who are learning....

  • Leading article: Let's keep faith with Religious Education
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    The reason why MPs are suddenly taking an interest is that RE, while remaining compulsory in schools, will not count towards the new English Baccalaureate. That decision appears to have led to a reduction in the time devoted to it, although it remain...

  • Martin Hickman: A tough new line that will benefit millions
    Friday, 17 February 2012

    Until 2008, when it reluctantly launched its Market Probe – after a front-page in The Independent on British Gas's bumper profits infuriated the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown – Ofgem had a strong philosophical bias in favour of an un...

  • Leading article: Calling time on super-cheap alcohol
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    While far from desirable, the binge-drinking mayhem in town centres each weekend is the least of the issue. Rather, it is the soaring number of long-term, often fatal, alcohol-related health problems – costing the NHS nearly £3bn annually – that clin...

  • James Cusick: Is there an agitator in Wapping?
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    As leading counsel in landmark cases involving the European Human Rights Act, Mr Robertson is the go-to silk if your rights have been trampled on. But even Sun journalists who've watched their sources being handed over to Scotland Yard, in the News C...

  • Deborah Ross: Quick! Cover up those piano legs! Anything could happen!
    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    As it is, I spent most of this morning covering up the legs on our piano, so they wouldn't engorge my husband with lust – my husband has to only glimpse a piano leg, and it's like he's on fire – and then I had to help our parlour-maid strangle her il...

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