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Monday, 12 November 2007

  • Leading article: A lack of definition on the big issues
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    We now know a little more about where Mr Brown wants to position Britain. Yet the speech left more questions unanswered than resolved. The meaning of the term "hard-headed internationalism", which Mr Brown was keen to push yesterday, is elusive. It s...

  • Steve Richards: Don't be fooled by this high-speed link to Europe – we are still stuck in the slow lane
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    Not surprisingly, there is a genuine whiff of excitement in the air, at least among those who live close enough to benefit from the new service. We are not used to this in Britain, the opening of lavishly refurbished stations to greet the arrival of ...

  • Leading article: Cause for excitement, hope - and also caution
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    Such research has great significance. Scientists have successfully cloned several types of animals over the past decade, ranging from sheep to dogs. But before now it had never been done successfully with primates. Scientists will be eager to study D...

  • Letters: Police complaints
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    There are two reasons for the besuited and bewigged end of law enforcement to go easy on the uniformed end. One is the gambler's judgement on the prospects of prosecution the CPS is required to make. The other is the need for the CPS to work closely ...

  • Leading article: Politics, prejudice and popular culture
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    By its nature, rape is a difficult crime to prosecute. There are rarely third-party witnesses and victims usually know their attacker. This means trials often come down to one person's word against another. But there can be no doubt that the criminal...

  • Anne Penketh: Brown's message was clear... his foreign policy is all about multilateralism
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    Mr Brown's first foreign-policy speech was short on detail and was similar to the message spelled out in Washington by his International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander in July, which troubled the White House and preceded the drawdown of Brit...

  • Martin Kelner: The dry wit of the residents may baffle Chelsy – but she should stick around
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    Possibly Chelsy had a look at some of the Leeds sites on the internet – or got someone to do it for her – in which case she may have been seduced by the pictures of bright, young, immaculately coiffed things crowding waterfront bars and world-class r...

  • Letters: Farming subsidies
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    At a time when farmers are being urged to compete on the world market, taking almost half the subsidy away from the biggest amounts to a penalty on efficiency. It acts as a disincentive to farmers who want to grow their businesses. It would also make...

  • Leading article: Phoney democratic overtures
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The mask fell last week. The detention of opposition political leaders, Supreme Court judges, activists and lawyers have exposed the true nature of President Musharraf's regime. These are not the actions of a leader concerned with securing the countr...

  • Steve Connor: Technical barriers to human cloning can evaporate overnight
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer – cloning of an adult – is difficult. In 1996, it took 277 attempts to create Dolly the sheep, and the success rate is still far too low to make it as simple as, say, in-vitro fertilisation. Primates –...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The scribblings of dreamers are catharsis, not crime
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    True, the legal core of the prosecution's case lay in the Islamist horror handbooks ("How to Make Bombs" and so on) found on her computer – although there is no evidence that she ever lifted a finger to act on them. But the mood music of insinuation ...

  • Bonnie Greer: Farewell to a feisty, fearless keeper of the flame
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    I am of an age to remember Mailer on television arguing with Gore Vidal; Mailer running for mayor of New York City; Mailer making movies in the style of Warhol and John Cassavetes; Mailer joining the hippies and peaceniks outside the Pentagon at the ...

  • Leading article: War of words
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    West Dunbartonshire is not alone in its success. Springboard for Children says it has a 90 per cent success rate in improving children's reading standards to the level where they can be returned to a mainstream classroom. That is 90 per cent of the b...

  • Leading article: All out
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The sight of members of the creative industries manning picket lines might seem faintly ridiculous, rather like students announcing that they will withdraw their "labour", or Premiership footballers demanding better pay and conditions. And anyway, wh...

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