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  • Leading article: Our Prime Minister must be braver
    Sunday, 20 January 2008

    It is a caricature that might have encouraged accompanying journalists to adopt a tone of world-weary cynicism in reporting his cursory attention to the issue of human rights in his public discussions with Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Prime Minister. Yet ...

  • Rodric Braithwaite: A crisis so serious we've forgotten how it started
    Sunday, 20 January 2008

    And yet both Russia and Britain have every interest in good relations. Several hundred thousand Russians live and work in Britain. They shop there. Their children go to British schools and universities. Their businesses queue up to go public on the L...

  • Geoffrey Phillips: The Toon is another country
    Sunday, 20 January 2008

    Citizens interviewed on the streets of Newcastle have warmed the microphones of TV and radio reporters with heartfelt effusions. Tyneside is in a state of euphoric meltdown. The rest of the nation looks on with bemusement. Exactly where is this event...

  • Leading Article: The boom is over. The only question now is how hard the landing will be
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    The credit crunch shows no signs of abating. Large US banks have been writing down billions in bad debts since the financial markets locked up last summer. And one of the largest, Merrill Lynch, this week announced that it made an outright loss, to t...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 20 January 2008

    He's right. But Liverpool's image problem has also been a problem for us in the media. Liverpudlians haven't been able to forgive Kelvin MacKenzie and 'The Sun', which might not have suffered the psychological blow of falling below a circulation of t...

  • Sophie Heawood: Down with Scrabulous and its 'op', 'voe' and 'id'
    Sunday, 20 January 2008

    I don't get it. After months of resisting the Scrabulous craze, I eventually gave in, but I'm not sure why. I had resisted because it is so boring: playing Scrabble on the internet takes an age. You take your turn and then wait for the other person t...

  • Letters: Migrants and the NHS
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Sir: The enforced removal of the renal cancer patient, Ama Sumani, from her hospital bed, and her deportation to what appears to be an inevitable death in Ghana (report, 16 January), appals me. In our local acute hospital, it has been reported that o...

  • The Third Leader: Take a bow
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    The Society of London Theatre attributes last year's record attendance of 13.63 million at plays, musicals, opera and dance – up 1.25 million on 2006 - partly to the influence of such television talent shows as How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? ...

  • Leading Article: When imitation is unflattering
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Plagiarism used to mean students copying out of encyclopaedias or textbooks in longhand. Now the hugely increased access to the web and the demand for work to be word-processed has made the process much easier. Some websites even offer custom-made an...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Ooh, er. Carla Bruni, lissom consort of the President of France, can be seen disporting herself in her scanties while strumming a guitar in a new advertisement for Lancia that was, ahem, unveiled at the European Motor Show in Brussels on Thursday. Th...

  • Errors & Omissions
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    A panel attached to last Saturday's news story referred to "a hitherto unknown think-tank, the Progressive Policies Forum". By Monday, Andreas Whittam Smith's column was talking about the Progressive Policy Forum, but a sub-heading on his piece had i...

  • Performance Notes: No Country for Old Men; Radiohead; Scenes from a marriage
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    No Country for Old Men Certificate 15. On general release Overview: Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem star in the Coen brothers' violent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, an elegy for the old West set in Texas in 1980. Josh Brolin's hunt...

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