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Monday, 21 January 2008

  • Leading article: An unlawful policy of collective punishment
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008

    The Israeli government denies it is creating a humanitarian crisis and calls the blackout a ploy by Hamas, the authority in Gaza, "to attract international sympathy". This is not a view shared by John Ging, the operations director for the United Nati...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The Home Secretary
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008

    I would have been happy to let the matter pass were it not that Ms Smith insists on reinforcing nominal stereotypes by twittering on like a bimbette from the typing pool. For her information, what we in London's great East End like to do of a Saturda...

  • Leading article: The rescue mission appears to be failing
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008

    The reality could not have been more different. Instead of rising on the back of the plan, global stock markets tumbled yesterday. Exchanges in China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and the Philippines all fell. Meanwhile, Eu...

  • 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....

  • Leading article: A waste of energy
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008

    It is therefore with a swell of warmth (renewably generated of course) that we note that the DIY firm has changed its mind and has decided to stop selling the devices after all. B&Q claims this is purely an environmental decision, although some w...

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