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Saturday, 17 November 2007

  • Leading Article: The Government is caught in a terrible trap of its own making
    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    Not that the Government is yet admitting this. Having intervened belatedly to stop the queues of panicking depositors by guaranteeing their money, the Treasury has ducked behind the parapet in the hope that somehow, somewhere a white knight will ride...

  • Stan Hey: Forget the conspiracy theories. We can fail on our own
    Sunday, 18 November 2007

    Nightmares of previous English exits from international qualifying competitions resurfaced, with images of an executioner's axe swinging through the sky – remember Poland humiliatingly forcing a draw at Wembley in 1973 to eliminate England from the f...

  • The Weasel: The catch of the day
    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    On this side of the Atlantic,whisky guru Jim Murray boasts a schnoz of equal or possibly even greater sensitivity. In the bouquet of Ardbeg 21 Years Old, he spots a whole scenario: “marmalade on slightly burnt toast while in the background a peat fir...

  • The Third Leader: Pride and glory
    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    Many people blame England's shortcomings on an excessive number of foreign players in the Premiership. Yet the pool of Scotsmen from which their national team is chosen is likewise limited. Beating the world champions will not be easy, and the Scots ...

  • Michael Bywater: btw
    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    At least you can still get into St Pancras and on to the train relatively unharmed, unlike in Vancouver where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shot a Polish man who had got into a bit of a state after spending six hours unable to find his way out of...

  • Leading Article: Russian relations go cold
    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    The OSCE had already complained about a lack of Russian co-operation. But the organisation had persisted in the – correct – belief that some monitoring, however limited, was better than none. Still finding its efforts obstructed, it now appears to ha...

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