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  • Leading Article: Making good on good intentions
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    Our campaign for a better deal for British armed forces stepped up to a new level. This grew out of, but is not directly related to, our opposition to the Iraq war. Our call to renew the Military Covenant, the formal promise by the nation to look aft...

  • 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...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' Editor
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    At the end of the day, it's not rocket science to think out of the box and stop using tired old phrases like 24/7, "blue sky thinking" and "reality check". Going ballistic like me? Then at least we're basically singing from the same hymn sheet. Georg...

  • John Ware: Justice slips between Ireland's north-south divide
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    First there were the "lies" by two PSNI officers in concealing possible contamination of forensic evidence. But what really conjured up this chaotic image was the judge's description of the "seemingly thoughtless and slapdash approach of the police a...

  • Mahta Hassanzadeh: Forget the stereotypes: teen crime is a plea for help
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    I spent the first 11 years of my life in Manor House, not too far from where the recent Stoke Newington murders took place the shooting of 17-year-old Etem Celebi and the stabbing of 16-year-old David Nowak. After moving to another area, I kept in to...

  • How to be happy: What can I do to stay cheeful amid the Christmas mayhem?
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    Step 1: Christmas can often end up more fraught than fraternal. Families thrust together, engorged with excitement, can rapidly disintegrate into irrelevant arguments and weary recriminations. One way to manage all this intensity is to accept that f...

  • Why television is the glitter and glue of Christmas
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    For all these intimations of industrial unrest and social disquiet, haves and have-nots, bright lights and sudden, unlooked-for darkness, the 1970s Christmas always struck me as an intensely communal affair, a time when the majority of people did, wa...

  • William Gumede: This vote heralds the break-up of the ANC
    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    But the result, and the likely fallout, may hasten an outcome that is essential for the long-term health of democracy in South Africa: the break-up of the ANC tripartite alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Cosatu trade unio...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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