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  • Leading article: Mr Cameron issues his own electoral challenge
    Thursday, 4 October 2007

    By yesterday afternoon, it was less the scepticism of his party that he had to overcome – the threat of an imminent election had tamed the party and potential rivals into grateful quiescence – than the scepticism of the country at large. With specula...

  • John Curtice: Brown needs not just a victory but a Tory rout
    Thursday, 4 October 2007

    There certainly appears to be no danger that Labour could actually lose an early election. Virtually any lead at all over the Conservatives should be enough to secure the party a fourth overall majority. The average lead in the most recently conducte...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Tory party
    Thursday, 4 October 2007

    The Conservatives have absolutely no vested interest in maintaining the fiction of "Britishness" or the "Union", which Gordon Brown, as a Scottish constituency MP, has. It is also embarrassingly clear that the party, despite David Cameron's bleatings...

  • Leading article: The sound of a revolution
    Thursday, 4 October 2007

    This week, the revolution entered a new stage. The Charlatans have announced that they will make their new album available to anyone who logs on to a radio station's website. And Radiohead are asking their fans to pay as little or as much for their l...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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