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  • For all its faults, the Arts Council does not deserve such bad reviews
    Saturday, 12 January 2008

    At the centre of the furore, inevitably, is the Arts Council. Should its job be to distribute taxpayers' funds to arts organisations on a first-come, first-served basis? That would be transparently unfair, favouring existing bodies and shutting out t...

  • Leading article: A welcome change of tone from a visiting president
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    The same goes for the tenor and substance of Mr Bush's remarks in Jerusalem yesterday. Not only did he call on Israel to withdraw from Arab land captured in 1967 – apparently the first time he has said this publicly – but he broached the possibility ...

  • Letters: Energy solutions
    Saturday, 12 January 2008

    The problem is that the world supply of uranium is limited. Using current technology and the presently known resources, and supplying the current energy share, the world supply is estimated to last about 72 years. The world nuclear energy contributio...

  • Leading article: Where folly and sleaze collide
    Saturday, 12 January 2008

    We say "in theory" because it is quite hard to treat what Mr Hain calls an innocent mistake as evidence of personal, or party, sleaze on the grand scale. What happened, in so far as any of it is clear, bears the hallmarks of cock-up rather than consp...

  • Letters: Dental care
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    Quite early on I was astonished at the greed of some of my colleagues. One I knew quite well as a competent and respected professional decided that he was worth more than could be legitimately earned on the fee per item system operated by the NHS at ...

  • Leading article: The case does not stack up
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    Despite all the efforts of the industry to improve its image over the years, nuclear fission remains a uniquely dangerous technology. The risks of a Chernobyl-style meltdown may have receded, but there is still a significant hazard from nuclear waste...

  • Jeremy Laurance: How the search for free dental care became like pulling teeth
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    Tony Blair's pledge at the Labour Party conference in 1999 that everyone would have access to an NHS dentist has turned to ashes. Latest figures from last year, showed that just 55.7 per cent of adults and 70.5 per cent of children had seen an NHS de...

  • Katy Guest: Why can't people who are ill stay off work?
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    Well I hope that the hot lemon pushers are satisfied, because this week Britain has been hit by an infectious fever of coughing, spitting and vomiting the like of which has not been seen for years, and it's all down to those bloody-minded soldierers-...

  • Leading article: Higher calling
    Saturday, 12 January 2008

    The slopes of Everest, pristine when scaled by Sir Edmund in 1953, are today strewn with tons of rubbish. The careless pollution grew to disgust Sir Edmund in later years. The friendship between Sir Edward and his co-climber Tenzing Norgay was enduri...

  • Leading article: Retirement plans
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    That little subvention should go nicely with the advance from the memoirs deal and the small change that rolls in from addressing the odd conference. Oh, and don't forget the mission to bring peace to the Israelis and Palestinians as Middle East envo...

  • Anthony Rose: All the fruit – and cheaper
    Friday, 11 January 2008

    We soon found that this South American nation could deliver every bit as much fruit from the classic French varieties of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon as Australia or California. And it was cheaper. But despite one or two...

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