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  • Leading article: The wheels are in motion and time is running out
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Britain's Secretary of State for Business, John Hutton, is due to make an announcement in Berlin today on plans for wind power that could make the UK a genuine world leader in the field of renewable energy. We are blessed in these islands with vast n...

  • Leading article: The planet's chance of a lifetime
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    None of this comes a moment too soon. In fact it is desperately late. The accumulating scientific evidence, which seems to get more alarming by the day, shows that global warming is proceeding further and faster than anyone expecteed or than the scie...

  • Melanie McDonagh: The David Southall I know is not the man the GMC condemns
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    The case she had in mind was of Mandy Morris, a mother whose son Lee died hanging from a curtain rail. According to Mandy Morris, Southall had wrongly accused her of drugging and killing Lee. Almost as shocking was the case that caused the GMC to ban...

  • David Nobbs: I didn't get where I am today by... disappearing
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    When I wrote the first draft of the novel on which I based the series, Reggie didn't even disappear. His breakdown led him to a mental home. This didn't work at all. If a character is going mad, the worst place a writer can send him to is a mental ho...

  • Leading article: The dangers of over-reach
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    The Government's climb-down on primary school testing is welcome. Mr Balls now states that pupils will be examined on reading and maths when they are ready, rather than at a fixed time in the school year. Ministers had previously maintained that unif...

  • Mike Hudema: This project is a licence to wreak environmental havoc
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Canada's tar sands are second only in size to the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia, with more than 149,000 sq km an area larger than all of England (130,410 sq km). Tar sands are a mixture of sand, clay and bitumen, a heavy tar-like substance that can be...

  • Sophie Heawood: Bye, Parky. Again. Promise you won't change your mind?
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    Not that the veteran broadcaster is dying, as far as we know; just retiring from the telly. And the radio. For a bit. "After 25 years of doing my talk show, I have decided that this forthcoming series will be my last," he announced earlier in the yea...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    Is the same happening again? It is no secret that David Abrahams and Jon Mendelsohn, the key players in the present "Donorgate" crisis, are Jewish. 'The Jewish Chronicle' says it fears an "anti-Semitic backlash", and 'Independent on Sunday' reader Je...

  • Leading article: Animal crackers
    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Not everyone is best pleased. Some feel that the Scottish multimillionaire's condemnation of mankind's rapacious approach to the natural world sits a little uneasily with the fact that he is planning to charge people to visit the estate. Others point...

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