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  • Leading article: Nuclear power is a distraction
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    Mrs Thatcher promised a massive expansion of nuclear power. Originally she wanted to build 10 plants, one a year. By the time she published her nuclear White Paper in 1981, this had come down to five, at an indefinite rate. In the end only one saw th...

  • Asif Ali Zardari: My Benazir's hopes for democracy can live on... if Musharraf stands down
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    I married Benazir in 1987, and spent less than five years living with her in the Prime Minister's house over her two terms in office, interrupted by military interventions. I also spent more than 11 years as a prisoner in Pakistani jails without a co...

  • Martin Meredith: Another day, another crooked African election
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    Kenya, so often spoken of as a model of stability, has been no exception. Its first President, Jomo Kenyatta, started the trend, favouring Kikuyu businessmen and allowing his inner circle of Kikuyu advisers to make fortunes; his young fourth wife, Ng...

  • Leading article: One state down, 10 months to go, and a presidency still to play for
    Saturday, 5 January 2008

    By any standards, the Iowa vote constituted a setback for Hillary Clinton and the chances that the United States will elect its first woman president this year. Nudged into third place by John Edwards, though by the slenderest of margins, she suddenl...

  • The Weasel: Erotic enchantment
    Saturday, 5 January 2008

    Populated by beautiful creatures of indeterminate gender, bosomy grotesques, sooty-eyed femmes fatales and haughty dandies, Beardsley's drawings, still mostly in private hands, are a grown-up, sexually charged version of panto. His bare-breasted Lady...

  • Leading article: Wanted... new hands on an old trophy
    Saturday, 5 January 2008

    But the Cup is losing its cachet. Upsets are less common, while some top players and managers claim not to care about progressing in the tournament. The number of teams that has won the trophy in recent years can be counted on one hand. Between them,...

  • Leading article: Youthful pleasures
    Saturday, 5 January 2008

    We have known for some time, of course, that youth hostels were smartening up their act, trying to appeal to our pampered en-suite generation. But before we have even got used to hostelling without bare boards, bunk-bedded dormitories and floor-sweep...

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