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Monday, 10 December 2007

  • Leading article: The harsh truth: this is a long, hard struggle
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    To say that things have gone badly would be a scandalous understatement. The writ of Hamid Karzai's government does not extend far beyond the capital, Kabul. A recent study found 54 per cent of the country to be under Taliban control. And the suicide...

  • Leading article: The wheels are in motion and time is running out
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Britain's Secretary of State for Business, John Hutton, is due to make an announcement in Berlin today on plans for wind power that could make the UK a genuine world leader in the field of renewable energy. We are blessed in these islands with vast n...

  • Letters: Milk profits
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    The proportion shown as farmer's "profit" is actually the gross price, which was clearly not enough to cover production costs because it caused the mass exodus of thousands of farmers from milk production. At best, some were making one or two pence p...

  • Leading article: A winning performance
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    Those with long memories may recall that "being on budget" back in 2003, when the consultants Arup first costed the games, involved laying out a mere 1.8bn. Within a few months Ms Jowell had revised that to 2.4bn, including an apparently generous 50 ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Only one thing unites Iraq: hatred of the US
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political...

  • Leading article: The dangers of over-reach
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    The Government's climb-down on primary school testing is welcome. Mr Balls now states that pupils will be examined on reading and maths when they are ready, rather than at a fixed time in the school year. Ministers had previously maintained that unif...

  • Mike Hudema: This project is a licence to wreak environmental havoc
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Canada's tar sands are second only in size to the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, with more than 149,000 sq km an area larger than all of England (130,410 sq km). Tar sands are a mixture of sand, clay and bitumen, a heavy tar-like substance that can be...

  • Leading article: Chutzpah and crookery
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    Conrad Black has behaved like, and indeed modelled himself on, the newspaper barons of yesterday, spending big, talking loud, acting hugely and dressing up madly. His lawyers, wisely, kept him from pleading in his own defence, fearing that his grandi...

  • Leading article: Animal crackers
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Not everyone is best pleased. Some feel that the Scottish multimillionaire's condemnation of mankind's rapacious approach to the natural world sits a little uneasily with the fact that he is planning to charge people to visit the estate. Others point...

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