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  • Leading article: Hain must go. No ifs, no buts
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    The most severe penalty the Commissioner can impose would be to suspend Mr Hain from membership of the Commons. By convention, he would not continue to serve as a minister if he were censured in this way. But the Prime Minister could save time, embar...

  • Gordon MacKerron: This way is more likely to leave us in the dark
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    On the one hand, the Government tells us that nuclear power is essential. On the other, it eschews subsidies and says it will wait and see whether or not the private sector submits any proposals. But the chances of major private sector proposals are ...

  • Mark Booth: The book is dead. Long live Facebook!
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    The evidence in 2008, however, suggests that book reading is in decline. I have worked in publishing for some 25 years and have also recently published a book of my own, conscious that it may be one of the last books. I think some people in the busin...

  • 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...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    "Don't you realise that this young woman is also an addict? And why publish a set of humiliating pictures – obviously taken when she had lost control? This hardly chimes in with your Mental Health Campaign – which I thought was aimed at improving the...

  • Sophie Heawood: Hilda Ogden: an Audrey Hepburn for the Noughties
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    Yet Corrie Chic is the new inspiration for Amy Winehouse, who this week ditched her bedraggled black beehive, cut her hair, bleached it and wrapped it up in a nice Hilda Ogden headscarf. And Hilda Ogden herself, or rather, 81-year-old Jean Alexander,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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