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  • John Lichfield: The death of French culture? I don't think so
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    Time magazine has caused indignation in France by posting an obituary, on the front page of its European edition, announcing the "Death of French Culture". Despite the vast quantities of public money spent on arts subsidies and despite a ferocious di...

  • Leading article: The lesson is clear: there is no room for complacency
    Wednesday, 5 December 2007

    How can we square this depressing news with the Government's optimistic pronouncements? Ministers point to the soaring GCSE and A-level pass rate as evidence of success at secondary schools. And they herald the rising numbers of pupils attaining cent...

  • Ivor Roberts: Partition is the best answer to the Kosovo question
    Wednesday, 5 December 2007

    The loss of Kosovo, the cradle of Serb civilisation, to the Ottoman Turks over 600 years ago was felt as keenly as the loss of Jerusalem by the Jews to Roman imperial forces. When at last Serbia re-acquired Kosovo after the first Balkan War of 1912, ...

  • Letters: Gas supply
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    And what do we have to do with this? We are told that the Russian gas that keeps our heating and many of our power stations going can only continue to flow long-term if we keep our noses out of Putin's dirty business. We supposedly go to war for demo...

  • Leading article: Art, ambition and a reality check
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    The Tate has already attracted 7m in funding from the London Development Authority and a 5m donation from the banker John Studzinski. And yesterday the Department of Culture Media and Sport said it will stump up 50m to bankroll the plans. This will b...

  • Juliet Lyon: A senseless system in both economic and human terms
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    Talking tough, creating new offences, introducing a raft of mandatory penalties and then, under the Criminal Justice Act (2003), bringing in a new indeterminate sentence, has led to a massive inflation in sentencing. The misuse of prisons to contain ...

  • Leading article: Local passions and the desire to divorce
    Wednesday, 5 December 2007

    So far, the authorities in both Serbia and Kosovo say they will not resort to violence. The best intentions of governments, however, have a way of being overtaken by local passions. Kosovans will be frustrated if their quest for statehood is thwarted...

  • Leading article: History lessons
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    One can imagine what a tempting offer it would be for a scholar. Think of the unimpeded access to primary sources. Consider the unique insights into the minds of the powerful. And did not Suetonius make a good fist of it? Ah, but the pitfalls! Politi...

  • Leading article: Thinking allowed
    Wednesday, 5 December 2007

    Ever since Amis confessed, in an interview last autumn, to an urge to make the Muslim community "suffer" for terrorist acts done in the name of Islam, the gloves have been off, as a succession of writers and journalists Terry Eagleton, Ronan Bennett,...

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