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Friday, 21 December 2007

  • Leading article: A capital accolade that does huge credit to the whole of Britain
    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    London's claim to be considered the world's pre-eminent financial centre is straightforward. The capital has made the most of its historic position as a commercial hub and its advantageous geographical location for global finance. More money flows th...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Full-time motherhood
    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    For the record, I do not feel "stuck at home". Full-time motherhood has been for me a specific and clear choice; I have an MA from Cambridge and have worked as a care assistant, as a city solicitor and as a mainstream teacher and yet no occupation ha...

  • Leading article: Scrooge in the City
    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    But that goes against the overall downward trend in giving to charity. A recent survey for Britain's charities found that though 54 per cent of Britons had given to good causes in the previous four weeks, that figure was 3 per cent down on the previo...

  • Katy Guest: Why must I feel guilty about indulging myself?
    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    I seem to live in a godly training area, because along my street are usually a brace of smartly dressed young women knocking on doors and tactically refusing to get to the point. It must work to prolong the conversation somehow, but the cynical south...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Art of diplomacy
    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    It now seems that the threat has been lifted. The Culture Secretary, James Purnell, has undertaken to push through the legislation the Russians asked for. The Russians have accepted his good faith. The show promises to be a feast for art-lovers. If t...

  • 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...

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