David Cameron?s lone-star strategy gives Gordon Brown a glimmer of hope

Mary Riddell, Telegraph

During his Hogmanay break, Gordon Brown watched the DVD described by an aide as “the football film about Leeds”. That would be The Damned United. The story of Brian Clough’s ill-starred reign at Elland Road cannot have been the greatest seasonal fillip for a Prime Minister supposedly doomed to lead the Damned Disunited into a general election defeat.

This week, as the battle for power begins in earnest, Labour is struggling to find signs that Mr Brown is not the Clough of politics. Some Cabinet members have already detected a more collegiate approach. “All the fuss

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America may be down, but it certainly isn't out

Toby Harnden, The Telegraph


Time stands still for the dead at Arlington Cemetery, but history marches on. In Section 60, the dead of Afghanistan and Iraq are buried each week. The names of the latest to be interred are still being carved into marble headstones.

For now, a "temporary grave marker" of white card marks the final resting places for Major Duane Dively of Rancho, California, Staff Sergeant Matthew Pucino of Cockeysville, Maryland, and Sergeant Daniel Frazier of Saint Joseph, Michigan.

Over the course of the coming months and years, the sodden earth in front of Dively, Pucino

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There'll be nowhere to run from the new world government

Janet Daley

There is scope for debate – and innumerable newspaper quizzes – about who was the most influential public figure of the year, or which the most significant event. But there can be little doubt which word won the prize for most important adjective. 2009 was the year in which "global" swept the rest of the political lexicon into obscurity. There were "global crises" and "global challenges", the only possible resolution to which lay in "global solutions" necessitating "global agreements". Gordon Brown actually suggested something called a "global alliance" in response to climate change. (Would this be an alliance

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Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation

Christopher Booker

A week after my colleague James Delingpole , on his Telegraph blog, coined the term "Climategate" to describe the scandal revealed by the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, Google was showing that the word now appears across the internet more than nine million times. But in all these acres of electronic coverage, one hugely relevant point about these thousands of documents has largely been missed.

The reason why even the Guardian's George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are

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All nations must play a part in Afghanistan mission

Hillary Clinton

This week, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to our core goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and prevent their return to either country. The US is sending an additional 30,000 personnel to Afghanistan, significantly increasing our civilian aid to the Afghan people, and broadening our partnership with Pakistan.

Today in Brussels, I will discuss the way forward with our allies. And I will thank those nations that have pledged additional troops. This is a crucial test for Nato. After September 11, the alliance invoked Article 5 of its

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