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  • Leading Article: Crisis, what crisis? Brown finds the least bad solution
    Monday, 21 January 2008

    Nationalisation may well have made a lot of sense had Gordon Brown acted resolutely when Vincent Cable, the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, first proposed it. But the Prime Minister let things slide with what many fear may be characteristic inde...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Galileo and the Catholic Church
    Monday, 21 January 2008

    Sir: Mark Steel should research recent thinking about Galileo and the Catholic Church ("If you think Islam is medieval look at Catholicism", Comment, 16 January), before trotting out the usual cliché-ridden account of the brave, free-thinking rationa...

  • The Third Leader: Brief encounters
    Monday, 21 January 2008

    There is something that the gimlet Paxman brain fails to have considered. It may not be the pants that have changed but what their owner puts in them. Has the 57-year-old presenter considered the question of age and the unforgiving effect of gravity?...

  • Leading Article: Guard against a climate of fear
    Monday, 21 January 2008

    No one would deny our teachers the protection they need, but a word of caution is necessary. The first is to wonder whether the cure might be worse than the disease. Knife crime in schools is still comparatively rare. Though there is common talk abou...

  • Michael Bawtree: The lesson is clear: get rid of private schools
    Monday, 21 January 2008

    Like Seldon, I am worried and frustrated about the never-ending debate on the woes of our educational system and the inability of successive governments to move towards a solution. Like Seldon, I deplore the bi-polar nature of our educational system....

  • 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...

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