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Tuesday, 25 December 2007

  • Leading article: The making of a more modern monarchy
    Wednesday, 26 December 2007

    In a country that increasingly lacks fixed points of religion and culture, the Christmas message is firmly established in many households as an institution that makes a benign intervention somewhere between the pudding and the cake. As custom has it,...

  • Michael Brown: Why our party leaders need political satnavs
    Wednesday, 26 December 2007

    No doubt gifts to the Prime Minister included interminable tomes about political philosophy. He has presumably had his nose buried in them since yesterday morning oblivious to his son John's frantic entreaties to play with the Hornby train set or wha...

  • Letters: Value of royalty
    Wednesday, 26 December 2007

    The question that would be asked routinely if it were anyone else is clear: is the Queen still up to the job and is it time she stepped down and enjoyed a peaceful retirement? The issue of the succession is going to be controversial. What popularity ...

  • Leading article: Salutary seasonal greetings
    Wednesday, 26 December 2007

    The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, spoke with passion and humanity about immigration and deplored the cold comfort that too often awaits newcomers in Britain, not just at the outset, but months, even years after they have...

  • The Third Leader: Culture multi-vultures
    Wednesday, 26 December 2007

    The biggest group is called the Univores, who consume only one level of the arts, namely popular culture: they listen to Radio 1 and go to the cinema to see St Trinians. Next come Omnivores, who like a bit of everything: a bit of Verdi one day, a bit...

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