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Monday, 17 December 2007

  • Leading article: Two figures from the past in a struggle for the future
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    Both men have a power base in the ANC. But Mr Zuma's backing from the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Women's League of the ANC and the Communist Party seems to have swung the outcome of the imminent leadership vote in his favour. It is s...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Legal aid
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    It is particularly difficult and time-consuming to represent such clients who, besides being very vulnerable, are among the least able in our society to defend their interests. However, the clear intention of the Legal Services Commission is to intro...

  • Leading article: Dancing to the wrong tune
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    We are told such measures will help prevent people overstaying their visas. But if people are intent on disappearing into the black economy, is cutting the visa period from six month to three likely to make any difference? No these proposals are real...

  • Peter Hewitt: We did not take this decision lightly
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    For the vast majority 746 organisations or 75 per cent it was good news. They will receive an increase in funding of at least inflation (2.7 per cent). The news was even better for 211 of those 746 groups who can expect increases above inflation. But...

  • Michael Brown: Cameron should remould our political system
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    The most extraordinary part of the journey to the top of the polls this weekend is, however, unfortunately missing since filming ended several weeks ago. The programme underlines the difficulties we have all been having these past couple of months in...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Creature comforts
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007

    One of their finds is a giant rodent named the Mallomys rat. The species is five times the size of typical rat and exhibits no fear of humans. Apparently the creatures visited the scientists' camp several times. The second discovery is the "pygmy pos...

  • 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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