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Wednesday, 2 January 2008

  • Sarah Churchwell: I'm sorry, but I don't like watching sex on the screen
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    I share the anticipation for three different reasons. I am a long-time fan of Lee's work, although I was apostate about Brokeback Mountain, which seemed to me deeply implausible from the first sexual encounter (that said, I also know nothing about ga...

  • Leadinga article: A strong currency and a powerful Continent
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    Take a look at the single currency now. The euro ismaturing into a genuine rival to the once mightyAmerican greenback. In 2007 the value of euro notes in circulation exceeded the value of the dollar. Even dollar-worshipping American rap stars and int...

  • Letters: Pakistan
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    Power has always been a bone of contention between the powerful military generals and the feudal aristocracy, with disastrous consequences for the masses. The people and the religion have always been used by both parties as pawns on the chess board o...

  • Leading article: What a way to run a railway
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    But the private train operators are hardly paragons of efficiency either. For years, they have operated a ridiculously complex ticket pricing structure, running misleading advertising about low fares. And their services have often been dire, with lat...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Shouldn't the RSPCA be advocating vegetarianism?
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    The campaign is timed to co-incide with a series of programmes on Channel 4 entitled The Big Food Fight, which promise to expose the "hideous reality" of animal production. It is fronted by the celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittings...

  • Letters: Responsible pet ownership
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The peace of mind it offers is genuine; our local dog wardens and local RSPCA collection officers can provide her with all the examples she could handle of stray animals reunited with owners through their microchips. If the chipped cat to which she r...

  • Leading article: The wrong sort of medicine
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The Prime Minister has spoken of a document that will set out "rights and responsibilities" linked to entitlement to NHS care. But talk of "responsibilities" in such a context is pretty meaningless. Will doctors have the formal power to refuse treatm...

  • Amanda Shah: Cruelty inflicted on children
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    Every year, without judicial scrutiny, the Government locks up 2,000 children in the UK "for the purposes of immigration control". Yet these children the sons and daughters of asylum-seekers and immigrants have committed no crime. Many were born in t...

  • Leading article: Where there's a will...
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    The relatives in both instances were not amused. Ms Bechal's five nephews and nieces challenged the will in the High Court, claiming that their aunt was suffering from dementia at the time she made her quixotic bequest. Apparently, this is part of a ...

  • Leading article: Power surge
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The mains electric revolution of the late 19th century never reached Eigg. It was always too expensive to lay a power cable under the sea from the mainland. If the residents wanted to do anything requiring power, from watching television to turning o...

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