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  • Leading article: The year a nation drank from the healing well
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    There are still dissidents out there, and plenty of criminal gangs, but the big battalions have fallen silent. Nearly all of them finally got the message that victory was not possible, but that a middle way need not mean defeat for any section. It to...

  • 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: A crude subversion of democracy
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    This explosion of rage from Mr Odinga's supporters was all too predictable. European Union election observers have raised serious doubts about the soundness of the poll. EU monitors were barred from counting centres in the Central Province. In one co...

  • Michael Brown: Brown risks playing straight into Tory hands
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    Reports last weekend suggested that many of the Labour MPs who represent London and southern constituencies are contemplating their future beyond Westminster. I know the feeling only too well. For at least three years before the 1997 election, many i...

  • Salim Lone: We Kenyans are the victims of an outrage
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    Vigorous objections were being raised by the opposition Orange Democratic Movement to the blatant doctoring of the election figures that had been agreed on jointly at the constituency by all political parties and forwarded to election headquarters fo...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Why, oh why?
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    In the past it has presented such posers as "What do you believe is true, even though you cannot prove it?" and "What is the most important invention of the past 2,000 years?" This year Edge wanted to know: "What have you changed your mind about and ...

  • 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...

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