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  • Leading article: A new leader must create space for the third party
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    But a certain fractiousness was already apparent. Lord Ashdown tried to pour oil on troubled waters by describing Sir Menzies' departure as "a selfless act by an honourable man who put his party first". Before the day was out, however, he was contrad...

  • Mark Oaten: Ming went because we didn't know what to do next
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    We have been through this process all too recently. Last time around, our leader had been clinging on to power and MPs were paralysed with guilt and nervousness over wielding the knife. But this time, things are different.I don't sense any great queu...

  • Leading article: Cold winds are swirling around the third party
    Tuesday, 16 October 2007

    There had been rumblings of discontent within the Liberal Democrats ever since Sir Menzies took over from Mr Kennedy last March. The expected boost in the party's electoral fortunes never materialised. There was a feeling from the very start that Sir...

  • Letters: Lib Dem leadership
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    Since Sir Menzies was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats the media (including newspapers and radio stations which usually pride themselves on serious news coverage) have fallen into using some astounding ageist language and attitudes to diminish...

  • Leading article: A betrayal of principle
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    It is worth reminding ourselves why these restrictions were imposed in the first place. They were an outraged response to the massacre in the city of Andijan on 13 May 2005. The Government says 187 "terrorists" died on that day. Human rights groups c...

  • Richard Miller: Ending poverty
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    Such collaboration is key to ActionAid's approach. We work in local communities worldwide, listening to poor people and learning about their needs. We help them approach decision makers in their own countries, simultaneously lobbying powerful institu...

  • Simon Calder: Age-old miracle of a thousand Irish welcomes
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    For a teenager fresh off the boat from Wales (£3 each way), the Guinness brewery was little short of miraculous – as was the welcome in what was still a strange land. In Killorglin, Co Kerry, I stumbled into the middle of the Puck Fair, a manifestati...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The Gathering: a bleak and bitter work of art
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    The Dublin writer's fourth novel will never rank as the best loved of Man Booker winners, whether with the punters who rooted for Ian McEwan or Lloyd Jones, or with those readers who expect an optimistic or uplifting ride. It will certainly not halt ...

  • Letters: Obesity and climate change
    Tuesday, 16 October 2007

    However, these really poor people are being increasingly affected by climate change – a condition again caused by the greed and wasteful way in which the minority of people in the developed world live. The only real connection between obesity and cli...

  • Leading article: A failure of delivery
    Tuesday, 16 October 2007

    First there is the financial cost to consider. The stoppages over recent weeks are estimated to have cost Royal Mail more than £200m. But more damaging has been the cost to Royal Mail's reputation. The patience of its customers has been sorely tested...

  • Sean O'Grady: He took over too late and never defined his direction
    Tuesday, 16 October 2007

    Had he challenged for the leadership in 1999 and taken on Charles Kennedy things might have been very different. Then, however, his politics, rather than his age, was against him and his devotion to the now-forgotten "project", a closer relationship ...

  • The Third Leader: Barking stories
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    First things first: and, judging by our Letters Page, readers will be most anxious for the latest on preparations for Christmas. Happily, we have it: following the traditional toy shortage warning, there is now the other one about health, safety and ...

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