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  • David Abrahams: I value my privacy. Labour knew this was a deal-breaker
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    Gordon Brown has been badly let down by his chief fundraiser and the party's poor compliance practices. In the absence of anyone admitting administrative error, the furore has been fuelled by spin, Chinese whispers even downright dissembling on the p...

  • Leading article: Kyoto is a hard, but not impossible, act to follow
    Monday, 3 December 2007

    The need for a new treaty should be far beyond dispute, as evidence of the gravity of the threat from climate change continues to mount. Today we report a study showing that the tropical climate zone is expanding towards the poles faster than any of ...

  • Leading article: Labour dodged its own laws again
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    Tony Blair, who benefited from Mr Major's weakness, now regrets he made such play of "Tory sleaze" in the 1997 election. No doubt he also wishes that he had never used the phrase "purer than pure", which was hung round his neck like a burning tyre. B...

  • James Delingpole: My kids can read, in spite of school
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    To teach a child to read is to give him or her the key to almost everything that matters: self-worth; social competence; education; intellectual freedom; a halfway decent job; empathy; understanding; an ability to get lost for hours on end in another...

  • Letters: TB and HIV
    Monday, 3 December 2007

    The reasons for the synergy between these two infections are simple if a person is HIV-positive they are more likely to contract TB, and TB infection in turn accelerates progress towards full-blown Aids. Yet TB can be cured with a course of drugs cos...

  • Leading article: An exercise in mistrusting the people
    Monday, 3 December 2007

    United Russia, the party nominally headed by President Putin, emerged with a commanding majority though mercifully nothing like the 90 per cent won by the ruling party in Soviet times. Exit polls put the party's share of the vote at 60 per cent, with...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    It's tempting to answer that we hold nothing back and take the view: publish and be damned. But that's rarely possible thanks to the draconian power of the English libel laws of which all newspapers live in dread. This Sunday morning, with many reput...

  • Agns Poirier: Youth is a state of mind, not body
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    What we definitely don't want is to find out that they've secretly gone for a nip and a tuck, or even had Botox, laser hair removal or lip implants. A confident woman could not possibly be attracted to, let alone be seduced by, a fool in dire denial ...

  • Andrew Martin: SatLav: for when The Athenaeum is closed
    Sunday, 2 December 2007

    According to Richard Chisnell, director of the British Toilet Association (that word again Nancy Mitford will be spinning in her grave): "It's a super initiative, which we thoroughly support." But it isn't going to alter the big picture, which is tha...

  • Leading article: Child poverty creeps back
    Monday, 3 December 2007

    It is too early to dismiss the policy as a complete failure. After all, the number of children defined as poor has fallen by 600,000 since 1999. What can be said is that the policy has stalled, and the levers employed have lost their potency. Prime a...

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