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Tuesday, 2 October 2007

  • Leading article: This is no time to ease pressure on the generals
    Wednesday, 3 October 2007

    The United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, was forced to wait four days before he was finally granted access to General Than Shwe and the other top generals of the so-called State Peace and Development Council yesterday. Mr Gambari h...

  • Leading article: Populist and eye-catching, but beset by vagueness
    Tuesday, 2 October 2007

    There were some eye-catching proposals from Mr Osborne. His pledge to raise the inheritance tax threshold from £300,000 to £1m was red meat for tax-cutting Tory traditionalists. And it is also likely to be popular in marginal constituencies in the so...

  • Leading article: Electioneering is the real agenda
    Wednesday, 3 October 2007

    At a stroke, the Prime Minister and plans to reduce Britain's troop presence in Iraq had replaced the reinvigorated Conservatives in the headlines. If there had been any doubt before then, there is none now: the leaders of both parties are playing fo...

  • Letters: Burma and history
    Tuesday, 2 October 2007

    While Lord Louis Mountbatten, the British Viceroy, had great faith that Aung San was a leader who could peacefully reconcile the ethnic and social groups to create conditions conducive to post-war reconstruction and prosperity, Governor Sir Reginald ...

  • Leading article: Only a first step to peace
    Tuesday, 2 October 2007

    But Israel continues to send out contradictory signals. On the one hand this is the second release of prisoners since the summer. The Israeli army was forceful with Zionist extremists who set up five new wild-cat settlements in the West Bank at the w...

  • Leading article: Colour of money
    Wednesday, 3 October 2007

    They acquired a piece of unpromising scrubland for £60,000. Using local craftsmen and materials, they constructed their five-bedroom house for £240,000. Now they are selling it for £865,000. Eat your heart out, Kirsty Allsopp. But, in fairness, this ...

  • Leading article: Work in progress
    Tuesday, 2 October 2007

    To answer that we need to bear in mind the history of the art market. It has always been the wealthy who have bought fine art. And as a result the market has always fluctuated with the fortunes of the very rich. What we are seeing now is no different...

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