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  • Leading article: We need a strong liberal voice in politics
    Tuesday, 30 October 2007

    Consider the political events dominating the news yesterday. Firstly, there was the controversy surrounding the Saudi Arabian state – and the admirably principled stand taken by Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat's acting leader, in boycotting a banqu...

  • Leading article: Not a regime that Britain should be honouring
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    Since its foundation in 1932, Saudi Arabia has been one of the world's most flagrant abusers of human rights. According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, scores of Saudis are executed and tortured by the regime every year. It even impr...

  • Letters: Tories' anti-Scots sentiments
    Tuesday, 30 October 2007

    Far better that they should be encouraged to actually ask themselves, why is it that the Scots apparently have some better social benefits and, in doing so, also question what they need to do to have the same themselves? It is laughable to think that...

  • Leading article: First impressions can be misleading
    Tuesday, 30 October 2007

    Which, of course, is the very last thing that Gordon Brown and his ministers want to hear. Mr Brown has built his whole justification for not holding a referendum on the argument that the new treaty is quite a different creature from the Constitution...

  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing: The EU Treaty is the same as the Constitution
    Tuesday, 30 October 2007

    These goals were reflected in the composition of the treaty-drafting Convention which brought together representatives from the European Parliament and national parliaments, from the governments of member states, as well as from the European Commissi...

  • Letters: Eurostar services
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    The residual Ashford-Brussels demand will be too small to justify a direct service. More than 90 per cent of demand is to and from London, and the extra time to stop at Ashford would cost more than twice as many passengers as the few we would gain. T...

  • Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    You feel angry! Well, I feel angry with both of you! I feel angry with your mother-in-law for trying to take the magic from a little boy's life – he is still young enough to enjoy a fantasy world. And I'm angry with you for leading the poor little ch...

  • Susie Rushton: Out and About
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    Middle-class wine buffs, conversely, are a devil-may-care bunch. According to the health minister Dawn Primarolo, they routinely notch up dozens of units of Premier Cru without a second thought for the billions they are costing this country in sick d...

  • Leading article: This fractious union
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    In truth, this is not a new proposal. The Tories have actually been suggesting something along these lines since Scottish devolution in 1999. But Mr Cameron seems more inclined than his predecessors to push down this road. And it is not hard to see t...

  • Vince Cable: A dubious ally who devalues our government
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    The British government should not have offered the accolade of a state visit to the head of a regime which is authoritarian and deeply corrupt. Our own Foreign Office has described Saudi Arabia, without hyperbole, as follows: "Women are subject to di...

  • Leading article: Culture clash
    Monday, 29 October 2007

    Actually, this is not the first visit of the NFL to these shores. The old Wembley hosted an annual pre-season exhibition game between 1986 and 1993. But this made little impact. To the typical British sports fan, American football remains something i...

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