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  • Leading article: After the phoney war, the real battles begin
    Friday, 14 December 2007

    In another way, though, it is only now that the first battles are being joined. In three weeks' time, at the Iowa caucuses, we will know the results of the first encounters with the voters and there is nothing like real voters to bring a contest to l...

  • Leading article: A pointless gesture that pleases no one
    Thursday, 13 December 2007

    Downing Street's citing of a clash with a Commons committee meeting is a red herring. The truth is that Mr Brown and his advisers got themselves in a muddle trying to appease Britain's anti-European press, which has been waging a campaign for a refer...

  • Leading article: Principle and public sector pay
    Friday, 14 December 2007

    Both the police and the Government have some right on their side. The Government is right when it points out that police pay, along with spending on the police and law enforcement generally, has risen substantially over the past 10 years of Labour go...

  • William Gumede: Neither Mbeki nor Zuma are the answer to South Africa's problems
    Friday, 14 December 2007

    But the compromise proposal is flawed. For a start, it does not address the fact that the refusal of both Mbeki and Zuma to step aside from the contest for the sake of the ANC and South Africa itself is at the heart of much of the current strife. Cyr...

  • Leading article: The wrong direction
    Thursday, 13 December 2007

    In fact, this appears to be the latest stage of the Kremlin's retaliation to the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from Britain in July. That initial expulsion was itself a response to the refusal of Moscow to extradite Andrei Lugovoy, the man susp...

  • Leading article: Benvenuto, Signor Capello
    Friday, 14 December 2007

    It might be nice to think that England is such a country, but recent results show that for all the hype surrounding the team, they are decidedly second-rate. Unable even to reach the finals of Euro 2008, they need all the help they can get, and the F...

  • Leading article: Cycle of neglect
    Thursday, 13 December 2007

    Thankfully, some help is arriving. An ambitious scheme to create new cycling and walking routes across the country has won a 50m lottery grant. The charity Sustrans plans to use the money to build bridges, tunnels and crossing paths in 72 towns. Its ...

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