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  • Leading article: Pain cannot mend broken children
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    The methods described in today's report to restrain disruptive teenagers in Secure Training Centres modern borstals are effective because they inflict pain. There may be a place for physical force of this kind where the child is a danger to himself o...

  • Raymond Whitaker: As it mourns its lost leader, Pakistan is in the eye of the storm
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    Not only is Pakistan nuclear-armed, but its barely governed tribal areas have become the headquarters of al-Qa'ida and a base for the Taliban to regain a foothold in Afghanistan, where 7,800 British soldiers and 36,000 other Nato troops are battling ...

  • Graham Harvey: The killing fields of Britain
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    Our milk came pasteurised. But it would have been quite safe and probably healthier consumed raw. The policy of tuberculin testing had virtually eliminated bovine tuberculosis from the national herd, though it had been a serious scourge in the early ...

  • Farzana Shaikh: Musharraf can save his country - by resigning
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    The daughter, though, was the greater survivor: she saw off long years of imprisonment, even longer years of exile, and some of the most serious allegations of corruption and mismanagement ever to attach to a leader of her stature. That she resisted ...

  • Leading article: The stakes are too high for Pakistan to veer off the road to democracy
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    The violence has already begun, and figures such as Imran Khan are openly asking why President Musharraf hadn't ensured Ms Bhutto's safety. He might have done more it is always possible to do so but the frequency and determination of the attacks on h...

  • Cole Moreton: It's the economy, stupid!
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    No we can't, say the pessimists. Just look at the price tags in the shops: a store that slashes the cost of its leather jackets by 70 per cent may be great for a shivering fashionista in want of a new coat, but many analysts see it as a sign of despe...

  • Sophie Heawood: In a hi-tech age, we're losing the art of losing things
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    The Alzheimer's Society called last week for sufferers, many of whom are prone to disappearing, to be fitted with techno tags like those decorating the ankles of early-release criminals, so families can locate their missing person. A splendid idea, b...

  • Stan Hey: Game for success? Then look to the Olympics
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    When they're not indulging in Roman orgies, our footballers are already cruising up and down the motorways as they pack games in like Harrods shoppers, but, for the small percentage of Englishmen and Scots in the Premier League teams, all their horiz...

  • Katy Guest: Love all! A-List romance
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    So will 2008 be any better? It hasn't got off to an auspicious start. One Couple of the Year starts it off in prison. Another in their pants. It doesn't take a crystal ball to see that some are bound to end in Splitsville. But, with any luck, some op...

  • Letters: Far from democracy
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    There was little political infrastructure in the lands that became Pakistan especially compared with lands that became India prior to independence. The British emphasised security over political development in the strategically important north-west o...

  • The Weasel: That's the spirit
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    A puff of steam from the roof of a large, otherwise anonymous building indicated that I had reached my goal. Unusually for a Kennington back street, a pair of blazing gasoliers flanked the entrance. Greeted by a commissionaire clad all in black inclu...

  • Leading article: Property booms and busts
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    First, it cannot be a comforting feeling to watch the value of what is for the vast majority of people their main financial asset decline, however modestly. Those who have bought property on the back of speculative buy-to-let bubbles, and those who a...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Is this the beginning of the end in Iraq?
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    The fall in US casualties is one of the most surprising events of 2007. At the beginning of the year, the American army in Iraq seemed to be clinging on by its fingertips as more and more of the country came under the control of Sunni and Shia warlor...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 30 December 2007

    Not much change there, then, you might say. But there's actually been one helluva lot as Frayn's famously foul-mouthed picture editor might have remarked. I was reminded just how much with the publication by the Press Complaints Commission this month...

  • Leading article; Honourable exceptions
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    While the absence of England's footballing "talent" is predictable, perhaps Lewis Hamilton's achievements were worth some recognition. And why was the prince of caddishness, Leslie Phillips, offered only a CBE? Much the same goes for Hanif Kureshi, w...

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