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Friday, 2 November 2007

  • Leading article: Bargain-hunters may be happy, but a strong pound has its downsides
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    The weak dollar is excellent news for visitors to the United States, and will naturally encourage Christmas shoppers to cross the ocean. Clothes and electronic goods, generally cheaper in the US anyway, will seem even greater bargains for us European...

  • Letters: Saudi Arabia
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Innocent British subjects were accused and held in draconian conditions for something they were not responsible for, one sentenced to death. Others were humiliated and forced to confess in order to deflect the blame from a government totally out of t...

  • Leading article: Snowflakes and scare-mongering
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    "Keep elevating the threat. Talk about Somalia and the Philippines," Mr Rumsfeld urged in April 2006 as Iraq fell apart and eminent former generals broke cover to demand his resignation. "Make the American people realise they are surrounded in the wo...

  • Simona Farcas: I am so angry with these displays of ignorance and intolerance
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    I was with an Italian family the other day and the elderly grandmother held an apple in front of my face and asked me, in all seriousness: "Do you know what this is? Do they have apples were you come from." When there is a burglary or petty crime, it...

  • Nick Clegg: No, Blair does not deserve to keep his position
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    But this court case has revealed a succession of operational errors in the hours leading up to Jean Charles' death, and when something serious goes wrong in an organisation, someone must be held to account. Sir Ian Blair's position is now untenable, ...

  • Jennifer Jones: Yes, Blair does deserve to keep his position
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Blair has established a beat police team in every neighbourhood and started to bring back the community-based policing that really connects with people. His record on equality is also strong, especially for women officers. He has pushed through major...

  • Letters: India
    Friday, 2 November 2007

    The poor have recently been able to mobilise and march on Delhi in numbers and make the government sit up and take notice. The tiger can neither speak nor march anywhere, except on the path to extinction – and there are no votes attached to it. Often...

  • Leading article: Our throwaway culture
    Friday, 2 November 2007

    In response, Wrap yesterday launched a new campaign to reduce this kind of waste. It coincides with a push by the Women's Institute to promote such apparently forgotten household management techniques as reusing leftovers and pre-shop planning. This ...

  • Helen Wallace: Can we really justify this disturbing kind of research?
    Friday, 2 November 2007

    The concept of "enhancing" humans by genetic engineering is very far from reality, but increasingly medication, including new biomedicines, is focused on human enhancement rather than medical need. The issue of research priorities is a deeply ethical...

  • Leading article: Feathered facts
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Such a comprehensive survey is overdue. The last bird census on this scale was conducted 20 years ago. More than 250 species of birds populate our islands, and we need reliable figures to judge how their numbers are being affected by the changing cli...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    * For all the flak the Saudi royal visit caught, virtually no critic made clear that the kingdom's funding of export-strength extremism began as a policy to appease fundamentalists after the terrible blunders of 1979, when jihadis stormed the Grand M...

  • The Third Leader: The write stuff
    Friday, 2 November 2007

    So why not me, or you? Sure. Script ideas? Easy. How about these genetically modified supermice reported on today? Leaner, fitter, nastier, randier. The scientists say it is not yet possible for humans, but it is not clear how much experience they ha...

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