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Monday, 22 October 2007

  • Leading Article: A worthy prize and an impressive first winner
    Tuesday, 23 October 2007

    In this unpromising context, Mo Ibrahim's Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is a commendable experiment. The scheme, unveiled by the billionaire Sudanese mobile phone entrepreneur last year, aims to provide a substantial pension to one Afri...

  • Leading Article: The PM must stop justifying the treaty and start to sell it
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    The danger is rather that Mr Brown will fail to put the business of a referendum on the European treaty behind him – to achieve "closure" on the issue – and that the Tory campaign for a vote will not lose momentum. Having closed ranks in demanding a ...

  • Letters: Traffic reduction
    Tuesday, 23 October 2007

    Sir: The Big Question (17 October) asks whether the speed limit in built-up areas should be reduced to 20mph. I answer it with a question. How about no traffic in built-up areas? In parts of Germany there are housing areas where the only vehicles all...

  • Leading Article: Faster progress required
    Tuesday, 23 October 2007

    But progress has been nowhere near as rapid as is necessary. Step into a branch of any major supermarket chain and you will soon find examples of excess packaging. Retailers are still taking the view that it is acceptable to bury items in plastic, ca...

  • The Third Leader: Star for a night
    Tuesday, 23 October 2007

    Take a bow, Mr Neil Smith, who, following some lively and liberally translated reminiscences in a Russian hotel bar about his time in an unrenowned Seventies rock band, found himself up on stage in a packed arena in Abakan judging Miss Siberia. Many ...

  • Hermione Eyre: Making a splat for the underground feminist
    Tuesday, 23 October 2007

    I have been carrying these YOU ARE NORMAL stickers around in my handbag since my friend Kirstin invited me to join the Facebook group "Somewhat Strident But Who Cares?" at the end of the summer. She said she was founding the group as a response to th...

  • Letters: Legal-aid lawyers
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Sir: You report that "Divorce lawyers 'put fees before clients' " (16 October). While the National Audit Office may well have found that in one-third of cases family lawyers failed to advise their separating or divorcing clients about the availabilit...

  • Leading Article: Turkey should not be left to go it alone
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    The generals have been angling for this at least since May, when the Kurdistan Workers' Party intensified its policy of goading the Turkish military through pinprick attacks. Back then, the Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan – no great friend of the gener...

  • The Third Leader: A royal lineage of conspiracy theories
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Sounds familiar? No, for once we are not talking about the Princess of Wales. We are talking about the Pharoah of Egypt, Tutankhamun – that other fascinating royal personage cut off in the prime of life. The Princess of Wales has two children to put ...

  • Susie Rushton: Out and About
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Me: Guess where I'm going tomorrow night? The UK Best Bum Finals. "Friend": Oh, are you a judge? Me: No... "F": So why are you going then? Me: Aren't you even going to bother pretending that I might be up for the big prize? "F": No. I was never going...

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