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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

  • Leading article: A youthful new leader, but the same old challenges
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Chris Huhne, always the underdog, fought a good campaign how good is now apparent. He was dignified and generous in defeat, as indeed was Nick Clegg in victory. Mercifully, they both seemed determined to put the rancour of the "Calamity Clegg" jibe b...

  • Yury Fedotov: We risk danger by granting Kosovo independence
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    After the bloodletting in the region less than a decade ago, it is an anxious time for the world community. Few would disagree with the British Foreign Secretary's desire to secure "a comprehensive solution for the whole of the western Balkans". Both...

  • 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...

  • Letters: European Demons
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    The French Foreign Minister in 1950, Robert Schuman, in his declaration which launched the European Iron and Steel Community said "any war between France and Germany would become not merely unthinkable but materially impossible", coal and steel being...

  • Leading article: Castro prepares to lower the curtain
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Mr Castro did not indicate when he might step down. But this letter is clearly part of an attempt to prepare Cubans for a transition of power. Elections are due to be held next month to choose the Cuban national assembly, which will then select the p...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Fairytale ending
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Radio 1 no doubt thought it was making a responsible gesture by deciding to make the words "slut" and "faggot" in the lyric inaudible. But all the station accomplished was to toss a juicy bone to the "political-correctness-gone-mad" brigade. These re...

  • 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...

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