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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

  • Leading article: Demographic trends that speak well of Britain
    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    And so it was. Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, spoke in characteristically emotive terms, when he called for immediate action to limit the number of people settling in the UK. "This huge population increase," he said, "– equivalent to t...

  • William Gumede: It won't help to sprinkle black faces in high places
    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    Following colonialism and apartheid segregation, all South Africa's institutions must now become representative of the country's diverse population and adopt a new rights and value system based on the post-apartheid democratic constitution. The word ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The elderly
    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    But we are angry that little if anything is being done to help us – and thousands like us – prepare for the future. We do our best. We eat sensibly and watch our weight, we take omega3 and glucosamine every day at our own expense, and walk when we ca...

  • Leading article: A terrible price in blood and treasure
    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    The White House has elided its various military requests for political reasons. It calculates that the Democrat-controlled Congress will find it more difficult to turn down a request framed as necessary for America's "security". But there is little d...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Unlikely role models
    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    But appearances can deceive. The Wags are by no means all airheads with scant interest in intellectual self-improvement. Lisa Roughead, the wife of midfielder Michael Carrick, has a business degree. The girlfriend of Jermain Defoe, Charlotte Meares, ...

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