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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

  • Leading article: The State must make its contribution to democracy
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    Is it not extraordinary that, after Mr Blair got into so much trouble, a senior Labour official appears to have tolerated other ways in which a donor could retain his anonymity? Not surprisingly, the resignation of the party's general secretary has p...

  • Bianca Jagger: The unacceptable face of our Aids policy at home
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    Julia is pregnant and living with HIV. Drugs exist today that can prevent Julia passing the virus onto her unborn child. But Julia is unable to access these drugs, not because she is living in a developing country where HIV drugs are unavailable, but...

  • Leading article: Long-term planning and short-term mistakes
    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    As the swift backing from the Treasury showed, it would help get the Government and the Bank of England off the expensive hook that they impaled themselves on in underwriting the rescue. Even though the offer would initially pay off less than half of...

  • Letters: Heathrow
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    One of the greatest sources of aviation emissions is "stacking" – aircraft held above airports until a landing slot is available. An increase in runway capacity will reduce this need, ensuring aircraft are kept in the air for the minimum amount of ti...

  • Leading article: A new challenge, but also an opportunity
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    The strikes are now petering out, underlining the stark differences between now and 1995, when the recently elected Jacques Chirac first challenged the vested interests of public service workers. With his solid electoral mandate, his personal determi...

  • The Sketch: The great, the good and the many gather in hallowed halls
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    But in the US Naval Academy here, America's senior service equivalent of West Point, no cause is beyond rescue, even the matter of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. "Don't Give Up The Ship", proclaimed a big banner in the graceful Memorial...

  • Letters: Cost of emigration
    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    Research by prospects.co.uk in the spring of this year reveals a cost of £7,000 per staff member leaving. The cost of phasing out the outgoing staff member and replacing them quickly adds up. If, as the Office of National Statistics states, 600 peopl...

  • Leading article: The case for boarding schools
    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    Now, there is independent research to back up this approach. Vulnerable children, it suggests, do succeed if they are given this opportunity. The research, from the Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation (RWCF) – an education charity whose main aim is ...

  • Gabrielle Rifkind: The lessons of conflict resolution must be learnt
    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, presides over a fractured Knesset. On the Palestinian side, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks only for Fatah, and while Hamas remains excluded from the peace process, it remains poised to act as a spo...

  • Leading article: A potentially dangerous legacy
    Wednesday, 28 November 2007

    And it goes on: a vast increase in production from renewables, with accelerated development of wind and tidal power. Changes to vehicle excise duties to hammer gas-guzzler cars. A tax on aircraft fuel. Strict energy efficiency criteria on new houses ...

  • Leading article: Tipping the scales
    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    Why fishmongers are now few and far between is not hard to explain. Supermarkets have long put pressure on independent high-street retailers. And while prices may have fallen, this has put paid to the diversity of local traders in many town centres. ...

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