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Sunday, 16 December 2007

  • Leading article: 'We are not handing over a land of milk and honey'
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    For all the fine words and formality, however, there was no concealing the uncomfortable and many-layered truth. This was not a victory, certainly not for the British, but not for the Iraqis either. For security reasons, the ceremony took place not i...

  • Leading article: The world gets the better of Bush
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    The mood had been building all week at the negotiations in Bali on a replacement to the present arrangements under the Kyoto Protocol which run out in 2012. For months the United States, and President Bush himself, had been insisting that it would no...

  • Germaine Greer: Forget fiery, think finicky Latin
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    Though an Englishman will call Firenze Florence and Genova Genoa and mispronounce every ordinary Italian word he knows from addio to zabaglione, he will never mispronounce an Italian word that has anything to do with football. British football fans...

  • James Fergusson: Muscle alone won't solve Afghanistan's problems
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    The Prime Minister's announcement is not quite the major policy shift it seems. Negotiation with the enemy has been on the cards for some time. For many months, President Karzai has favoured reconciliation with almost any insurgent prepared to lay do...

  • Letters: English spelling
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    Nothing but a reduction in the unpredictability of English spelling is likely to make much difference. The way English is now spelt makes learning to read and write uniquely difficult and exceptionally dependent on one-to-one help from articulate and...

  • Deborah Ross: The Non-Domestic Goddess at Christmas
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    Shopping, shopping, shopping. And then more shopping. And yet more shopping. And then just when you think, at last I have finished the shopping, there will be some more shopping. And that will be the last bit of shopping until the next bit of shoppin...

  • Leading article: Beware the siren voices of alliance
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    But no one should blame the Liberal Democrats either for their sharp rebuff. If Mr Cameron had hoped to catch them in a moment of weakness as their acting leader, Vince Cable, prepares to give way to the new leader, when the result of the contest is ...

  • John Saven: Agreeing to Kingsnorth will signal surrender on targets
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    New coal would fly in the face of advice from the UN's top climate scientists, who warn that global emissions must peak and then fall dramatically within the next 100 months to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change. Even Mr Brown's "spec...

  • Sophie Heawood: Lily, I love the music, but you are no feminist
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    "Thanks, Dad," said my friend. "Lily bullied me at school actually... But, um, yeah, thanks." Oh, the perils of popstardom, especially when you've been to 11 schools, as Lily has well, you're bound to have offended somebody, somewhere. But as Lily ha...

  • D J Taylor: Not such a stuffy stag slaughterer after all
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    Long derided, at least in the columns of liberal-minded newspapers, as a byword for old-school stuffiness, mercilessly lampooned in Stephen Frears' The Queen as a stag-slaughtering suppressor of most of the basic human emotions, the duke turns out to...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    A "Bah, humbug!" edition? It might work. Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans banished the festive season in 1647 on the grounds that it was a Catholic anachronism that encouraged drunkenness and gluttony, and we'd have some backing from Lenin, who, acco...

  • Leading article: Coal is the past, not the future
    Monday, 17 December 2007

    Dr Hansen's warning is two-fold. First, he says, coal-fired power stations produce much more CO2 than oil-fired ones. Any increase in the proportion of coal-fired relative to oil-fired as the Government is considering would produce an escalation in c...

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