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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

  • Leading article: An imperfect election may offer the best hope
    Thursday, 29 November 2007

    So this was a key moment in the personal history of President Musharraf and in the political history of Pakistan. But it should have meant far more to Pakistan, and its regional and global standing, than it did. For while General Musharraf was fulfil...

  • DJ Taylor: There's more (literary) bad sex than ever before
    Thursday, 29 November 2007

    Amid all the hilarity about Jeanette Winterson's robotic love-romps and Christopher Rush's cod-Shakespearian paeans to "glorious pubes! The ultimate triangle", the Bad Sex award, founded 15 years ago by the late Auberon Waugh, is there to make a perf...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Political funding
    Thursday, 29 November 2007

    The parties' financial problems stem from their deep unpopularity with the electorate. There are very good reasons for this. We suffer from two right-wing neo-liberal parties who are in fundamental agreement on nearly every major political question a...

  • Leading article: Greater understanding is needed
    Thursday, 29 November 2007

    This tiny conviction rate is unsatisfactory from every point of view. It means that many victims, who have often had to pluck up considerable courage to go to the police, are probably not receiving the protection of the law they deserve. It means tha...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: The end of a festive affair?
    Thursday, 29 November 2007

    However, a more unwelcome tradition has grown up recently: the annual cancellation of the Hogmanay festivities. Two of the last four have been canned, much to the annoyance of the city's partygoers, though perhaps not so much for some residents of th...

  • 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 ...

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