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  • The polls are volatile, the challenges are immense
    Monday, 31 December 2007

    Obviously, Mr Brown has no choice but to come out fighting in January if he is to alter this perception before it becomes ingrained. But his fightback needs to be carefully controlled. The lesson of recent months is that the Prime Minister needs to c...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Blair's conversion
    Monday, 31 December 2007

    Tony Blair has a reputation for spinning his government's policies and decisions, for lying, for warmongering, for avoiding taking responsibility, with which a leader of the Catholic Church, without judging the sinfulness of it, should avoid associat...

  • Leading article: President without moral authority
    Monday, 31 December 2007

    But Mr Kibaki has been a grave disappointment in power. The President shamelessly emasculated Kenya's anti-corruption commission. And the clique around him, dubbed the "Mount Kenya mafia", has been as venal as those who enriched themselves so greedil...

  • Boyd Tonkin: This year, how about some new year's irresolution?
    Monday, 31 December 2007

    Make 2008 the year in which you choose to change your mind. Because truth, like time, is forever on the march. You will be in the best possible company. Changes of mind lie at the core of almost every breakthrough in science, art and thought. From Co...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Wise words
    Monday, 31 December 2007

    As we report today, 40 British public libraries have been forced to close over the past two years. And those that remain are under growing pressure. Some are having to lay off permanent staff. Others are suffering from a shortage of books and dilapid...

  • 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...

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