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  • Leading article: The Chancellor assumes the mantle of his predecessor
    Wednesday, 10 October 2007

    To call Alastair Darling's report more political than economic would be an understatement. One clear purpose, if not the central purpose, was to neutralise last week's Conservative initiatives, delivered when an election did indeed appear imminent. F...

  • Leading article: Authority cannot be rebuilt in a day
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    The Downing Street press conference was lacklustre. Mr Brown knew it; the assembled reporters knew it. The Prime Minister tried to look stoical, as though he knew this was an ordeal he had to suffer, having largely precipitated it himself. His answer...

  • Letters: Afghanistan's poppy crop
    Wednesday, 10 October 2007

    Chemical spraying was proven wholly ineffective in Colombia. Not only did it merely displace illegal coca cultivation to more remote areas, aerial spraying there led to starvation and displacement of entire farming communities, while posing severe he...

  • Leading article: The French connection
    Wednesday, 10 October 2007

    The Nato decision is the most tangible evidence of a shift in French foreign policy. It will no doubt be portrayed in Washington as France coming in from the cold after the isolation of the Chirac years. But M. Sarkozy's motives are more complex. The...

  • Michael Brown: It's time for Cameron to challenge Labour orthodoxy
    Wednesday, 10 October 2007

    Whether Mr Darling's copycat proposals relating to air passenger duty, measures to close private equity tax loopholes and the doubling of inheritance tax thresholds, will cut the ground from under the Tories' feet remain to be seen. At first sight, h...

  • Letters: Tasmanian Devils
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    First, only in January 2006 was this practice, by the state institution Forestry Tasmania, stopped on state-owned forests. Second, it is not specifically to kill rabbits (an introduced pest) but rather the local populations of any herbivore that migh...

  • Leading article: The mouse that roared
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    Sir Martin, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University, is one of the founders of stem cell research. In the late 1970s he demonstrated that cells taken from a mouse embryo could be removed and grown separately in a laboratory. Meanwhile, ...

  • Sean O'Grady: It's the Lib Dems who are the real casualties
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    Do you see what I mean? It bears a fairly close resemblance to Ming. At New Year 2006, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats (arguably) betrayed his chief, Charles Kennedy (though Charlie didn't do himself any favours round the bars of Et...

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