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Friday, 3 February 2012

  • Leading article: Farewell to an advocate of greener government
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    The announcement was made; Mr Huhne tendered his resignation. The Prime Minister accepted it with regret; the Deputy Prime Minister and Mr Huhne's party leader praised the outgoing minister's achievements, and another Liberal Democrat, Ed Davey, was ...

  • Stephen Foley: If only Fred Goodwin had done things the Mark Zuckerberg way...
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    The cherub-faced Harvard drop-out has obviously been part of that 1 per cent since your grandmother joined Facebook a few years ago. If the flotation of his company goes according to plan, Mr Zuckerberg will soon be joining the top 1 per cent of the ...

  • Letters: Goodwin got what he deserved
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    The man has lost a piece of decorative flim-flam. Many, many others have lost or are still losing their livelihoods as a direct result of his actions. We taxpayers are subsidising the giant mess that he created. And if you want an unflattering signal...

  • Leading article: Nursery schools cannot be judged only by cost
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    The NAO, in focusing on money as it always does, asks the wrong question. A direct correlation between cash spent and early academic results is far too narrow a focus. All the research internationally suggests the key question is not the age at which...

  • Letters: Tax affair violates spirit of the law
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    These arrangements are completely against everything in the Taxes Acts. Whoever approved them should do the honourable thing and fall on their sword immediately. I worked for the Inland Revenue (now HMRC) for over 30 years: an arrangement of this nat...

  • Leading article: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    For years, Israeli security officials have insisted to anyone who will listen that, without swift military action, Iran's path to a nuclear weapon is assured. Those claims have not so far been borne out. Iran, a recent International Atomic Energy Age...

  • Leading article: Not such innocent presumptions
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    Then the week concluded with Chris Huhne resigning as Energy Secretary, after being charged with – but not yet tried for – perverting the course of justice over a speeding offence, and John Terry losing the England captaincy, after his trial on a cha...

  • Michael McCarthy: Huhne's departure will sadden all who care about the environment
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    In particular he has stood up to the Chancellor, George Osborne, and to Mr Osborne's intensifying attack on environmental concerns as an irrelevant side issue which only harms economic growth.After the Chancellor's discourse to last October's Conserv...

  • Harriet Walker: Could a taste for crime fiction over romantic fiction add up to social decline?
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    Topped by Dan Brown and shot through with James Patterson (who accounted for five of the top slots), it's a clear indication of our changing tastes. But why so grisly? And whither Catherine Cookson? Perhaps it's simply that gritty reality now differs...

  • Tim Rutherford: Republicans know Romney is their only real hope
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    In this case the opinion polls appear to be tautological: Romney represents the Republicans' only chance to defeat Barack Obama. However, if Gingrich were to concede now, would winning the Republican nomination so early help or hinder Romney in ...

  • Lisa Markwell: Bathtimes of the rich and famous
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    We seem to be between slews of parenting books written by celebrities who believe they are the first woman ever to have a child and who are struck with a burning desire to tell us how they purée organic swede, drop baby weight in a month and reinstat...

  • Leading article: Tax clampdown must start at home
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Said Danny Alexander: "There is no place for tax avoidance in this government." The minister went on to say that in future Ed Lester would be subject to PAYE – the same, you might have thought, as all public servants. Not a bit of it. Mr Alexander ad...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Why spare the drug companies?
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    "This decision is a bitter blow to thousands of men and their families and must be overturned," said Owen Sharp, the chief executive of the Prostate Cancer Charity. It was the same last month, when Nice ruled against three bowel cancer drugs. Mark Fl...

  • James Moore: An open letter to the Minister for road safety
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Cyclists running red lights is bad form, I know, Minister, but some cyclists run red lights because that is one way of avoiding lorries.Of course, lorries are supposed to stay out of cycle lanes and the green boxes with cycles painted on them near ju...

  • Ian Burrell: Dark clouds gathered over Murdoch mean storms for The Thunderer
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Despite the determined efforts of Rupert Murdoch's company and its army of in-house and recently contracted spin doctors, the focus of the multi-headed investigation into Fleet Street misbehaviour has switched to The Sun and to The Times, the editors...

  • Leading article: The rise in cycling demands a new approach to safety
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    It is well established that the more cyclists there are on the road, the safer cycling becomes, and tragedy strikes only a tiny proportion of rides undertaken. That, however, is no consolation to the families of the 30-plus cyclists killed on average...

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