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Thursday, 29 November 2007

  • Leading article: Ms Gibbons and a teddy bear named Mohamed
    Friday, 30 November 2007

    Which is a pity. Ms Gibbons went to Sudan with the most laudable of motives. Barely three months later, she found herself vilified and hauled before a Sudanese court all because she had allowed her class to name a teddy-bear, of all innocent objects,...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Party funding
    Friday, 30 November 2007

    Political parties should obtain funding through membership. If parties are unable to interest enough of us to even vote in elections, let alone become members, what on earth gives them the right to continued existence let alone the right to help them...

  • Leading article: Lower is better, for some
    Friday, 30 November 2007

    Over the past few years quite a chunk of the population has seen the annual increase in the value of their home exceed their income from employment. In true Thatcherite style, home ownership has delivered prosperity and financial independence to mill...

  • Dr Vincent McKee: Only the support of bishops would be enough to spark an uprising
    Friday, 30 November 2007

    The surrender of Antonio Trillanes and his associates after a brief shoot-out with police and soldiers brought the curtain down on the fifth such effort in barely seven years. Subsequent detentions and curfews, not to mention public support from the ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Walk right in
    Friday, 30 November 2007

    It's a nice ruse, this tactic of "spontaneous" dropping-by, enabling the US president to show warmth while not getting involved in official approval. And in this case it suits both parties. Bush, having famously dismissed the present leader of the Br...

  • 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...

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