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Thursday, 24 January 2008

  • Leading article: A diminished politician, a damaged government
    Friday, 25 January 2008

    Mr Hain's excuse for the omission – that he was pre-occupied with his ministerial job – was never credible. It was well known in Westminster that Mr Hain was desperate to take over from John Prescott as deputy leader. The fact that he spent far more ...

  • Ailsa Cameron: When teenagers lose touch with reality
    Thursday, 24 January 2008

    There's a great ignorance in our society about "depression". In school and among young people the word "depressed" is frequently applied in a slangy light-hearted way to describe fleeting feelings of disappointment – eg "I'm so depressed, I'm grounde...

  • Letters: Pakistan
    Friday, 25 January 2008

    There are many quiet ways of stealing an election, which keep these activities under the "radar" of election observers, foreign governments and the media. A mosaic of different tactics brings targeted voters' numbers down, so stealing marginal seats ...

  • Leading article: The shocking truth
    Friday, 25 January 2008

    In part the gap between statistics and public perceptions is due to the nature of the crimes being committed. Burglaries and vehicle thefts may have declined sharply, but knife and gun crime have risen. The latest police figures show a 4 per cent ris...

  • Letters: Cooking
    Thursday, 24 January 2008

    However, I fear that food celebrities may have some influence in the planning of this initiative without knowing what happens at grassroots level. This was evident in Mark Hix's article (23 January). His recipes were far too expensive for the majorit...

  • Leading article: Living it up
    Friday, 25 January 2008

    This opens up new worlds of possibility. Forget the Prince Charles-style fears about life being reduced to "grey goo" by meddling scientists. If this technique works it could enhance human life in numerous ways. It could produce more effective antibi...

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