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  • Leading article: A case that confirms some of our worst fears about supermarkets
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    The accusations relate to arrangements to fix the price of milk, butter and cheese during 2002 and 2003. According to an OFT inquiry, retail prices were raised by as much as 60p for a pound of butter and 30p for a pound of cheese. Customers were told...

  • The Weasel: It's a kinda magic
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    “Sir, can you examine these five solid rings?” One of the performers at the 36th Annual International Magic Convention admitted the antique nature of the entertainment: “We’re the second oldest profession.” Before we took our seats for the Gala Show ...

  • Letters: Japanese war crimes
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    Admittedly, your article did make it quite plain that Mr Mizoshima is on the "lunatic fringe" of Japanese neo-nationalism, but nowhere did it emphasise the sheer quantity of eyewitness evidence that the Imperial Japanese Army did commit war crimes, a...

  • Leading article: The moral shame of these 'techniques'
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    But this will not do. When the CIA was being investigated two years ago by the US Congress over a secret detention programme, the agency repeatedly denied that such tapes existed. It is now effectively admitting that it lied to Congress. In addition,...

  • Andrew Simms: Adam Smith was right... businesses can't help colluding
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    News that Asda, Safeway (now Morrisons) and Sainsbury have been found guilty of price fixing on a range of dairy products, and that Tesco and Morrisons are still under investigation, completes a historical arc. Few people would have been surprised to...

  • Katy Guest: Beware the love that 'just sort of happens'
    Friday, 7 December 2007

    Chantelle was talking about her relationship with Samuel Preston, a 25-year-old singer whom she had met on the set of Celebrity Big Brother. He was not a baker (bakers turn out to be relatively safe from this category of romantic coup de foudre), but...

  • Leading article: Without a paddle
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    With the sons now threatening to disown their parents, it is now coming full circle as a family tragedy of another sort. You couldn't make it up nor, it appears, indefinitely, could the Darwins. Before long, the rules of sub judice will return the fa...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    We wouldn't want potential visitors to the London Games getting the idea that they might come to a backward-looking hidebound land, would we? Heaven forbid they might find the sort of place where the Prime Minister is an Old Etonian stockbroker's son...

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