... but the reprieve is likely to be short-lived
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Thursday 03 April 2008
Thursday 03 April 2008
It was Harold Macmillan, ever shrewd in the ways of politics, who said that the only way to hold a successful summit was to have the communiqué already written before you arrived. On that reading, the Nato summit in Bucharest has all the elements of a truly miserable failure.
Wednesday 02 April 2008
President Bush has thrown down the gauntlet to Russia and set the stage for a showdown with Europe by expressing public support for Ukraine and Georgia to become members of Nato,
Friday 28 March 2008
The Dutch writer's long voyage from Lisbon to Chernobyl, Stockholm to Istanbul mostly took place during 1999. His epic travelogue sums up the state of Europe at the close of its worst century, and looks forward to the future. It sounds like hard work, but Mak is a shrewd, genial companion, most readable if you dip in, place, by place. If he fails to find "a common attitude" in Biggin Hill and Bucharest, this wise heir of Erasmus never stops yearning for one.
Tuesday 05 February 2008
"There are things you should be able to answer today," David Davis said. Such as, did this bugging of an MP's conversation actually happen? Who authorised it? Did it happen by accident? Did someone just leave a tape running or did they know an MP was due to visit? In the absence of answers to those questions, there were questions from the Gallery. How long would it take to find these things out? How long to look at the logs, if the Minister of Justice asked? How long to check the signatures? An hour? Two? Including time for doughnuts and a row with the wife, let's say half a day.
Sunday 02 October 2005
Wednesday 28 September 2005
Sunday 18 September 2005
Thursday 17 March 2005
Wednesday 11 August 2004
Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to defy many things in his time at Manchester United but acts of God are not among them. Yesterday evening Bucharest seemed as though the Danube had burst its banks; a vicious electrical storm crashed down over the city and further soaked the already sodden pitch at the national Lia Manoliu Stadium. The avenues resembled rivers, the streets streams.
Monday 17 May 2004
- 1 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 2 Council bans use of word ‘Commie’ – but ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ are fine
- 3 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 4 Newly vegan Beyoncé wears fox fur to dine in meat free restaurant
- 5 'I'm experiencing austerity as well', says Princess Michael of Kent