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Wednesday, 25 July 2007

  • Leading article: A regime we should not be doing business with
    Thursday, 26 July 2007

    The development committee is calling for a substantial increase in British assistance to the hundreds of thousands who have been internally displaced by the Burmese army. It adds some moral impetus, by pointing out that Burma presently receives less ...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why we should welcome back the bustards
    Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    Be honest, now. It was the last, wasn't it? Thoughts of Otis tarda, the superfowl from the Steppes which has been extinct in England these past two centuries and is now the subject of a reintroduction attempt, are not guaranteed to set the soul on fi...

  • Leading article: A long-term prescription for short-term problems
    Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    As a newspaper, we regularly sing the praises of rail travel and argue for more investment to speed improvements. We have cast envious eyes towards France, where the high-speed network competes against air travel on most major long-distance domestic ...

  • Christian Wolmar: A vision of growth that doesn't add up
    Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    The ratio is about half and half, but by 2014, the Government expects the passengers to contribute three-quarters of the cost of running the railways. Superficially, this appears logical. In response this week to complaints about rising fares from Pa...

  • Letters: Sexual health
    Thursday, 26 July 2007

    Sir: We all want to see more people being responsible about sex, using condoms and having check-ups (report, 21 July). But reinforcing stigma and laying a guilt trip on people with genital herpes is not the way to do it. It simply makes the people wh...

  • Katy Guest: The revenge of the frustrated consumer
    Thursday, 26 July 2007

    All of these things are designed to turn us into Mr Angry, tearfully yelling at switchboards in the certain knowledge that They are doing these things because They can get away with it. No, we can't send another letter to head office carefully detail...

  • Letters: Shambles at Heathrow
    Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    Sir: I was responsible for the traffic forecasts used to make the cases for Heathrow Terminal 4, Gatwick North and Stansted ("The world's least favourite airport", 21 July). I was also heavily involved in work leading to the privatisation of BAA. It ...

  • Leading article: Hot air
    Thursday, 26 July 2007

    But what justification is there for a patio heater? Too cold outside? Wear more clothes. If it is still unbearable, stay indoors. Pumping heat into the frigid atmosphere to generate a marginal rise in the temperature surely rivals grape-peeling and g...

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