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  • Leading article: The need for pay restraint in the entire public sector
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    Old-fashioned, however, does not mean irrelevant. At a time of considerable uncertainty in the national, as in the global, economy, it is sound planning to reduce the number of variables. Gordon Brown's New Year message, like his interviews in recent...

  • Peter Stanford: David Cameron, disability, and the nasty party
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    One of the achievements of recent years has been the nurturing of a more realistic view of disability. Issues like access to buildings have been tackled. But then along came David Cameron yesterday with plans to address what he calls the "something f...

  • Leading article: There is only one real way to improve public health
    Tuesday, 8 January 2008

    But does the introduction of screening for at-risk patients constitute the kind of "hard choice" that is necessary to promote the nation's health? It is difficult to argue against a strategy of detecting disease early, when the chance of cure is grea...

  • Letters: China
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    China refused high-level contact with Japan during the premiership of Junichiro Koizumi (2001-6) because of his repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine houses the remains of Japan's war dead, including the graves of convicted war criminals...

  • Leading article: A revival of democracy
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    Predictions of steadily growing apathy among American voters are beginning to seem somewhat misplaced. A few years ago it was being said that Americans cared more about television talent contests than national elections. Not any more, apparently. Of ...

  • Tom Lubbock: Let the public in on the madness
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    Of the six new proposals for the Trafalgar Square fourth plinth, five seem to me highly, and perhaps deliberately, implausible. Antony Gormley's scheme for a succession of volunteers to stand as living statues on the plinth-top, 24 hours a day, for a...

  • Letters: No-go areas
    Tuesday, 8 January 2008

    His ill-chosen language threatens to undo years of careful interfaith conversation, dialogue and joint action for the good of the whole community. The real issue is the crisis of identity at the heart of a culturally Christian nation which has sudden...

  • Leading article: The jigsaw falls into place
    Tuesday, 8 January 2008

    When In Rainbows was released online in October, many fans confounded the expectations of the cynics by volunteering to pay for the record, rather than simply downloading it for free. No official figures have been released, but the band claims that p...

  • Leading article Public gallery
    Wednesday, 9 January 2008

    Five years ago the London Mayor Ken Livingstone backed the proposal for the empty plinth to be used as an ever-changing artwork display. The results have been a great success. The space has given us critically-acclaimed works such as Mark Wallinger's...

  • Leading article: Pecking order
    Tuesday, 8 January 2008

    Perhaps so, but ultimately it is hard to regard this as anything but a sideshow. What matters is the awful treatment of Britain's 800 million broiler chickens and ensuring that measures are taken to improve this. Encouragingly, there has been some pr...

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