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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

  • Leading article: Our culture promotes bias and inequality
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    This is all true. But something was missing. Why did Ms Booth not single out particular regimes for failing to curb, or in some cases for actively promoting, such abhorrent misogyny and discrimination? The head of one of them happens to be paying a s...

  • Khaled Hosseini: Afghans are disenchanted and fear being forgotten
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    Today, his people still live in dire poverty. They have little food, no home, no school, no water, and no work. This past winter, 22 members of his family have been cooped up in a hole in the ground covered with wooden boards and mud. "Why are we for...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The West Lothian Question
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    It is even more ironic that the most sensible response from any major politician to this recent Tory proposal for England's governance has come from Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, who suggested that there should be a fully fledged English p...

  • Leading article: Conflict, restraint and a fresh start
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    The tentative Cabinet line-up is also promising, including as it does a quotient of well-qualified professionals who favour speeding up economic reforms and Poland's full participation in the European Union. Both the finance minister designate, Jacek...

  • Elizabeth Nash: Lingering pain of a scarred and traumatised nation
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    To those used to Madrid's high-decibel society, it was like living with the volume turned to mute. And even when it seemed life had returned to normal, that terrible day kept swinging back to strike another blow: the state funeral was a frigid mocker...

  • Dr Laurence Buckman: A Doctor writes
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    Family doctors are now being penalised for rising to the challenge of performance-related-pay by delivering the quality care the Government asked for. The only pay rise that GPs got from the 2003 awards was for performance. There was a modest rise fo...

  • 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...

  • The Third Leader: Endangered species
    Thursday, 1 November 2007

    We do hope that Prince Harry is not guilty of slaughtering hen harriers, since protected creatures, being birds of a feather, should stick together. But fingers are pointing as well as pulling triggers, and, as the eight people subject to the control...

  • 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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