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  • Leading article: Does the left hand know what the right is doing?
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    All this would obviously constitute a step in the right direction. But the fundamental flaw in the Bill would remain: where is the guarantee that these pledges will be met? We know that the Government is perfectly capable of dropping targets when the...

  • Matt Grimshaw: The Liberal Democrats are at risk of obliteration
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    The leadership race is set to be one of the stalest in living memory. Both candidates have remarkably similar CVs and as yet neither has attempted to signal any meaningful policy differences between them. They could quite feasibly agree to a job shar...

  • Mahendra Shrestha: The heartbreaking fate of India's symbol of strength
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    The method used to calculate previous estimates was controversial and this resulted in a dangerous complacency regarding the need proactively to protect India's tigers, their prey and their habitats. This new figure is the outcome of a rigorous sampl...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Policy on Iraq
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    It seems curious to accord them some honour based on the earnestness of their entreaties. Jack Straw and the British ambassador in the US were in positions of privilege, and totally failed to honour to the British people the obligations that go with ...

  • Leading article: The stench of hypocrisy
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    In the public debate on this subject, there always seems to be a strong assumption that immigration is something to be feared. Not only is that a slur on the character of the vast majority of immigrants, it flies in the face of the reality of the Bri...

  • Tony Bosworth: It is time for ministers to stand up to the road and aviation lobbies
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    But the Government's climate policies have failed to deliver. Britain's carbon footprint is now bigger than it was in 1997, and the biggest culprit is the Department for Transport. Since 1990, total UK emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen by 5.6 p...

  • 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...

  • The Third Leader: Shrinking feeling
    Wednesday, 31 October 2007

    If we had such a voice, we might be able to get away with something about it now falling silent. As this is newsprint, a more robust medium, we prefer "Radio Shrink Dies". But it makes us no less sad at the passing of such a gifted performer as Antho...

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