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  • David Abrahams: I value my privacy. Labour knew this was a deal-breaker
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    Gordon Brown has been badly let down by his chief fundraiser and the party's poor compliance practices. In the absence of anyone admitting administrative error, the furore has been fuelled by spin, Chinese whispers even downright dissembling on the p...

  • Leading article: Labour dodged its own laws again
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    Tony Blair, who benefited from Mr Major's weakness, now regrets he made such play of "Tory sleaze" in the 1997 election. No doubt he also wishes that he had never used the phrase "purer than pure", which was hung round his neck like a burning tyre. B...

  • James Delingpole: My kids can read, in spite of school
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    To teach a child to read is to give him or her the key to almost everything that matters: self-worth; social competence; education; intellectual freedom; a halfway decent job; empathy; understanding; an ability to get lost for hours on end in another...

  • Leading article: A positive initiative to combat the ravages of Aids in Africa
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    Two years ago, there were virtually no anti-retroviral drugs dispensed in Africa. By the end of this year, thanks to government assistance under the G8 agreement at Gleneagles and private funding, there will be some 2 million people in sub-Saharan Af...

  • Agns Poirier: Youth is a state of mind, not body
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    What we definitely don't want is to find out that they've secretly gone for a nip and a tuck, or even had Botox, laser hair removal or lip implants. A confident woman could not possibly be attracted to, let alone be seduced by, a fool in dire denial ...

  • Andrew Martin: SatLav: for when The Athenaeum is closed
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    According to Richard Chisnell, director of the British Toilet Association (that word again Nancy Mitford will be spinning in her grave): "It's a super initiative, which we thoroughly support." But it isn't going to alter the big picture, which is tha...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    It's tempting to answer that we hold nothing back and take the view: publish and be damned. But that's rarely possible thanks to the draconian power of the English libel laws of which all newspapers live in dread. This Sunday morning, with many reput...

  • The Weasel: Platform performance
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    Betjeman might not have argued with this disparaging view. His poem Late-Flowering Lust begins: “My head is bald, my breath is bad/ Unshaven is my chin.” In case anyone thinks I fit this unappealing description, I might point out that I am hirsute (b...

  • Letters: House prices
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    Nationally, the average house price is 6.9 times the average income compared with 3.5 times in 1997. In Kensington and Chelsea the ratio is 20.4. Only four of England's 353 local authorities have earnings to house price ratios of less than the tradit...

  • Leading article: An explosive legacy
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    The former Prime Minister never seemed to understand the hypocrisy of introducing new rules to make funding more open and to guard against conflicts of interest and then seeking to get round them. We were supposed to say: "At least they are better th...

  • Leading article: Too much reality
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    And they are not alone. Recently, one hears whispers from frustrated 20-somethings wary of Facebook's ever-extending tentacles. The danger is all the more pressing with the party season upon us. Suddenly, camera phones and messages are everywhere, do...

  • Hermione Eyre: We desecrate the nation's libraries at our peril
    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    Waltham Forest council finally admitted on Thursday that they had culled large numbers of books from their library stock (they could not confirm the exact quantity because record-keeping had been so haphazard). Outraged locals are planning to stage a...

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