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Sunday, 23 September 2007

  • Leading article: Mr Brown must spell out his vision for the future
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    And it is even more remarkable given that many observers were predicting deep divisions to result from the departure of Tony Blair. But the cracks never opened. Labour is, in fact, more unified than it has been in a long time. This is largely thanks ...

  • Leading article: Brown's real work begins here
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    When he takes the stage to deliver his big speech to the Labour conference in Bournemouth tomorrow, therefore, he does so in a commanding position. Not perhaps as dominant as Margaret Thatcher at the height of her power, or as all-encompassing as Ton...

  • Mark Garnett: We are a nation of hysterics
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    Some of the commentary since the onset of the Great Panic has been pretty apocalyptic. The Government's enemies have tried to compare the sequence of events to 1992's Black Wednesday, hoping that it would inflict fatal damage on New Labour's reputati...

  • Marcus Berkmann: Hope I die before the band gets back together
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    O'Connell sought a comparison with Sting and co's enormo-tour of the globe's vastest stadiums, and Lydon was unimpressed. "Listening to Stink trying to squeak through 'Roxanne' one more time, that's not fun. It's like letting air out of a balloon." H...

  • Letters: Dawkins and theology
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    Science deals with physical reality by proposing hypotheses and testing them by observations designed to prove them wrong. Those hypotheses that survive become part of the provisional body of knowledge we call natural law. Applying that knowledge, by...

  • Leading article: More trouble on the farm
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    Farmers' hopes that the Channel and the North Sea would prove enough of a natural barrier always seemed rather optimistic, especially given that the disease is spread by midges. In certain weather conditions these tiny insects can travel formidable d...

  • Michael Vatikiotis: Monks' crucial role in fight for freedom
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    It may be too early to tell whether the fledgling alliance of monks will prove strong enough to topple Burma's military regime, but many observers recall that the popular revolt that forced Burmese strongman Ne Win to step down in 1988 was also spear...

  • Jon Cruddas: Labour should do as the US Democrats are doing
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    But increasingly that is not how the Democrats themselves see it, and as Labour begins its conference in Bournemouth, we could usefully draw lessons instead from the debates in the Democratic presidential primary. Speaking to members of the SEIU serv...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    Phew! There's a simple answer, Mr Sheppard. That was then and now is now. Like you, I went on the march and believed there was a huge libertarian issue at stake. But the growing body of evidence against regular cannabis use is overwhelming, particula...

  • Vicki Woods: Hold on to your padded coats, ladies...tailoring is back
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    The fashion wheel takes longer to turn than you ever believe it will. No matter how much designers strive for seasonal change with cloth and colour and detail, they're mostly just turning out variations on a theme. Radical change – the kind of change...

  • Leading article: Winter wonderland
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    One wonders how long the Scottish Tourist Board expected to get away with using archive footage from the 1990s of glacial conditions on Scottish mountains to attract winter sports tourists from around the world. Of course, some unwitting skiers, snow...

  • John Lichfield: Our Man In Normandy
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    There is nothing surprising about that. Two thirds of French farmers voted for him in the second round of the elections in May. Pierre is still, broadly, a Sarkozy fan. All the same, he, like many French farmers, is struggling to digest the plain – o...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 23 September 2007

    On Wednesday, The New York Times published a photo album from the Auschwitz death camp, showing carefree men and women of the SS singing, picnicking and sunbathing during time off from superintending mass murder. The next day, the cable channels ran ...

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