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Wednesday, 9 January 2008

  • Leading article: A primary that promises a truly vintage campaign
    Thursday, 10 January 2008

    The outcome of the New Hampshire primaries is little short of stunning. The maverick New England state renewed its eight-year-old love affair with Senator John McCain, disregarding his advancing years to give him a convincing victory over his nearest...

  • 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...

  • Letters: US Election
    Thursday, 10 January 2008

    The Rev Dave Thompson Preston, Lancashire Sir: Mary Dejevsky is correct in every way ("Is it worse to be a woman than a black man?", 8 January) . I was the scheduler [diary manager] for Hubert Humphrey during his career and retired after 13 years as ...

  • Leading article: An anachronistic offence
    Thursday, 10 January 2008

    In any case, the laws are inactive. No one has been imprisoned for blasphemy since 1922. The legal community generally accepts the judgment of Lord Denning in 1949 that the blasphemy laws have become a "dead letter". Even the Church of England is not...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Hold the front page!
    Thursday, 10 January 2008

    To be sure, Mr Obama's journey thus far has been incredible. In his advance from modest and complicated circumstances to his promising start in this year's US presidential race, he has a story that rivals the inspirational narrative of "The Man from ...

  • 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...

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