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Wednesday, 26 December 2007

  • Leading article: The cost of the West's mixed signals to Kabul
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    As we went to press last night, this was the state of play with two senior international employees based in Kabul a Briton working for the UN, and the acting head of the European Union mission, who is Irish. The two are threatened with expulsion from...

  • Ben Chu: 2007: the year I took the pledge not to fly
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    Don't misunderstand me. I enjoy the freedom and opportunities plane travel brings as much as anyone. And over the years, I have probably been responsible for enough carbon emissions to drown an ice shelf full of polar bears. But there comes a time wh...

  • 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: Exploitation of Africa
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    I recently completed a six-week tour of Namibia, on which I planned to use public transport. I knew it was sparse and slow but understood it to be fairly reliable. Not so: trains were regularly retimed without notice three to four hours later than in...

  • Leading article: A Downing Street 'fixer' for No 10
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    As we report today, he faces a backbench insurrection of such proportions that defeat will be guaranteed if he insists on proceeding with this legislation. Of those who responded to a Home Office consultation, a mere 8 per cent supported an extension...

  • 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: Lotus-eaters
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    He is, of course, right to express concern that raising cattle on the great plains of the world affects the rainforest, and increases emissions of dubious gases. But the former Beatle (and president of the Vegetarian Society of Great Britain) oversta...

  • 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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