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Wednesday, 21 November 2007

  • Leading article: A little rough justice will help ministers to get a grip
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    That may not be fair – a question to which we shall return in a moment – but it is undeniable. The telling comparison is drawn with Britain's ejection from the European exchange rate mechanism in 1992. In fact, the withdrawal of the pound ended a per...

  • Sarah Churchwell: This knee-jerk anti-Americanism is stupid and lazy
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    Despite not hailing from New York, about which more below, I'm an American who is as opposed to key aspects of current US foreign policy as the next girl – unless the next girl is Condoleezza Rice. But it is precisely because I am no apologist for th...

  • Leading article: A debacle that may come to haunt the Government
    Wednesday, 21 November 2007

    In the circumstances, Alistair Darling performed as well as could have been expected. He gave every appearance of telling it as it was – a cock-up of the first order. We glimpsed the full-blown panic that had clearly spread like wildfire from the dee...

  • Nick Clegg: I aim to restore people's faith in politics
    Wednesday, 21 November 2007

    For much of the week, its benches are almost empty, save for a sprinkling of MPs and a minister who is obliged to submit himself to occasional parliamentary scrutiny – scrutiny which is invariably more show than substance because the Government of th...

  • Letters: Lost data crisis
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    It doesn't matter whether we are transferring data, fixing railway points, treating patients or teaching reading, the only people who can guarantee quality are the people actually doing the work. No amount of rule-making, supervision and inspection w...

  • Leading article: A policy overhaul is urgently needed
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    More troops are not the answer, despite the pleas from British ministers for our Nato allies to pull their weight. Military occupation was only ever supposed to be security cover for the reconstruction of the country that was promised by the internat...

  • Richard Thomas: Individuals value their privacy - institutions do not
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    Incidents such as the security breach at HM Revenue and Customs reinforce the importance and necessity of data protection – or people protection as I prefer to call it. The Data Protection Act sets out the framework for how organisations should proce...

  • Michael Brown: It's not just about competence, it's about perception
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    I was a junior government whip and we had already recently suffered the initial fallout from the Black Wednesday ERM debacle. Mr Smith was enjoying himself with cheap jibes about the inability to start the Grand National and houses that were falling ...

  • Leading article: Trumped
    Thursday, 22 November 2007

    It is there – where now stands the ramshackle old smallholding of Michael Forbes – that the American wants to build £1bn-worth of Trump International Links, which will include two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel, 950 holiday homes and 36...

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