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Thursday, 20 December 2007

  • Leading article: A seasonal reminder of the benefits of Europe
    Friday, 21 December 2007

    One is a ruling from the EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes which is set to force credit card companies to cut the fees they charge shops for authorising sales. If these savings are passed on by retailers and restaurants, it could result in a f...

  • Leading article: We will pay a steep price for our plunder of the oceans
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    The deal has been welcomed as "fair" by the British fisheries minister, Jonathan Shaw, and hailed as "sustainable" by Richard Lochhead of the Scottish executive. One wonders where these two politicians are getting their information from. It is simply...

  • Maureen Isaacson: I fear for South Africa's women in the Zuma era
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    The electorate who had voted Zuma in on a pro-poor ticket got to hear some curious reports. On his whirlwind charm offensive of western capitals, Zuma had announced there would be no shift to the left in his policies. Just because he enjoyed the supp...

  • Letters: Carbon-tax
    Friday, 21 December 2007

    Assuming therefore that Hilary Benn does wish to stop this station, are there other options beside the obvious one of Government diktat, which this centre-right government may find a little too "Old Labour" (unfortunately)? Fortunately there is such ...

  • Leading article: Suspect behaviour
    Friday, 21 December 2007

    So was Mr el-Banna met with an apology from the British government, which has allowed him to languish for so long, without trial, in a foreign jail? Was he given advice on how to seek compensation from the US? Far from it. He was promptly arrested un...

  • Letters: Teaching
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    It doesn't seem teachers have much flexibility in what or how they teach, as the Government roll out endless new targets and faddish plans. Independent schools, on the other hand, do not look dissimilar to the ones of 30 or so years ago and they are ...

  • Leading article: Prolonging an uneasy marriage
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    Talk of a Belgian "split" may have been premature. Talk of a solution to the crisis is equally unwise. After three months, Mr Verhofstadt, leader of the Flemish Liberal party, is to give way to Yves Leterme, the head of the Flemish Christian Democrat...

  • Leading article: Bad trip
    Friday, 21 December 2007

    There will be severe congestion as some 18 million vehicles take to the roads today. But those on trains will be just as badly served. Those geniuses at Network Rail have cleverly scheduled extensive maintenance works to take place over the busy Chri...

  • Leading article: Culture club
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    In fact, we're something of a jumble. Some of us are "univores", who are only interested in popular culture. Others are "omnivores" who snaffle up any form of entertainment, high or low. There are "paucivores", who only consume a small amount of cult...

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