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Friday, 25 January 2008

  • Leading article: Musharraf talks of democracy – but his real goal is hanging on to power
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    On Monday, Mr Musharraf was in Brussels to reassure the European Parliament that he is in control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. On Thursday, he addressed world leaders at the economic forum in Davos, promising that national assembly elections next m...

  • Leading article: A second-rate contest for a first-rate city
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    The institution of elected mayor has undoubtedly been good for the capital, as for most other cities where it has been introduced. It has given London a voice and a figurehead, although not always, or in every respect, the one voters might have wante...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Migrants and the NHS
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    I admire Dr Toosy's "ethical principles" and indeed, as a registered nurse, share them, but healthcare professionals also owe a duty of care to others, including the taxpayer – without whom there would be no welfare state. An NHS doctor or a nurse wh...

  • The Weasel: Around the world in a day
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    But pretty much everything else is in the work that claims to be "The Greatest Book on Earth". Moving to sunnier climes, we can find trousers (Jodhpur, Rajasthan), tinned meat (Fray Bentos, Uruguay), emotions (Mount Misery, Gibraltar), insects (Golfo...

  • Leading article: Arrivederci, Signor Prodi
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    In 20 months in office, Mr Prodi brought an unaccustomed sense of solidity to the complex business of governing Italy. Now, in all probability, the country faces new elections. At worst, this will return the Berlusconi circus to power – with deleteri...

  • 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...

  • 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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