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  • Leading article: What a hypocritical way to run Britain's railways
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Rail passengers will recall the terrible disruption last New Year, when there were major engineering overruns in Glasgow, Rugby and London. Tens of thousands of travellers were inconvenienced. Network Rail was fined a record £14m by the rail regulato...

  • Adrian Edmondson: Is that a joke in bad taste? You'd better watch out...
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    With a huge effort that belied my 40 fags a day at the time, I managed to effect some kind of wiggly-lizard-on-hot-sand-type press-ups that got a pretty good laugh. Much later, after the show was broadcast, our producer was hauled into the controller...

  • Baratunde Thurston: Obama has tapped into hope – and triggered a backlash of fear
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    This campaign has been going on for nearly two years, and "change" has already come to America. In that time, I have changed jobs, moved homes and upgraded my marital status. For the country, all the complicated debt financing our consumer shopping s...

  • Leading article: The nemesis of the hedge funds – and a lesson to us all
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    It might also be noted that the whizz-kids of global finance and their super-wealthy clients have inadvertently ended up enriching the conservative investors in German pension funds and the citizens of Lower Saxony. No wonder schadenfreude is a Germa...

  • Letters: Self-centred fell-runners
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    But who did those who required emergency assistance expect to get them off the fells and out of trouble? The mountain rescue teams had to risk their own well-being to get casualties out of a pickle, effectively of their own making. And what outcry wo...

  • Leading article: Another bad day at the BBC
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Yet again, the BBC has been true to its exasperating self. As with Andrew Gilligan's Today programme broadcast, as with the mis-editing of "The Queen", as with the various phone-in scandals, the BBC has reacted late, and extravagantly, to a mistake t...

  • Sophie Morris: Men have such suspicious minds
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Ouch. Is this unfair? I'm only analysing the findings of this investigation with a slightly more critical eye than Paul Andrews, the academic who conducted the research at a US university. It turns out that nearly twice as many of the men questioned ...

  • Frank Furedi: When politicians try to be parents, families lose out
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Problems that were once associated with the failures of society are blamed on parents. The parenting deficit is blamed for problems such as that of low achievements in schools, low self-esteem, drug-taking, obesity, crime and mental health problems. ...

  • Letters: Moving Heathrow
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    The real mistake was to allow urban expansion after the war without attaching covenants (as is sometimes done around US airports), making it clear that by choosing to live in proximity to a major airport the house-owner was thereby disqualified from ...

  • Leading article: Ominous echoes of genocide
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    This latest outbreak of fighting follows a familiar pattern, for it has its roots in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which a minority of Hutus massacred 500,000 Tutsi in Rwanda under a Hutu-dominated military government. When that regime was ousted b...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: As the US right disintegrates, only one result seems possible
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    Although his team has been brilliantly organised in terms of mastering the internet, fundraising and motivating younger voters, Obama has fought an almost passive campaign. Some of what he has done this year has actually been dull or mediocre, from h...

  • Robert Verkaik: When clarity in the law does not always make the best policy
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    But clarity in the law does not always make for the best policy. Since Dignitas opened 10 years ago, 100 British citizens have taken advantage of Swiss laws that allow them to die with help from doctors and nurses. During this period not a single spo...

  • Sean O'Grady: Darling's credibility has been devalued as much as sterling
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    We've been ticked off by the EU for breaking the Maastricht guidelines on borrowing, as we no doubt will be again. Government spending is running way ahead of the targets set in the March Budget, as is borrowing. The split of regulatory functions bet...

  • Omar Waraich: A country on the brink must break from its troubled past
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    As the residents of Ziarat and other villages bury their dead, the country's nervous government is desperately casting about for the billions it needs within the next six days to stave off financial ruin. After being rebuffed by what it considered to...

  • Bill Emmott: The rise of Asia is not a simple matter of East versus West
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    In economic terms, these nations are becoming more integrated: trade between them is increasing as a share of their total trade, up to nearly 50 per cent now, which is lower than the EU's 65 per cent, but just above the intra-regional trade inside th...

  • Leading article: Long life
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    But the Office for National Statistics produced some yesterday. Life expectancy has increased significantly in all parts of the United Kingdom over the past 20 years, and the gap in life expectancy between men and women has narrowed by one and a half...

  • Steve Connor: Purple tomatoes sow seeds of doubt
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Now up pops another attempt. A team of British scientists announced this week that they had developed a purple tomato with health-promoting properties. They genetically engineered the plant's DNA by inserting a couple of genes from the snapdragon pla...

  • Leading article: Brand values
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    The comedian had already apologised to Andrew Sachs for his obnoxious treatment of the elderly actor on his Radio 2 show. But words, though they can be hurtful, can also be cheap. Mr Brand has demonstrated that his regret is genuine by making a perso...

  • Guy Adams: Trick or treat? No thanks, I'm British
    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    Most of the time, this kind of stunt would land someone in the slammer (imagine if a group of red-necks hanged a Barack Obama dummy from a tree). But right now, it's Hallowe'en week in Los Angeles – so, apparently, anything goes. As I write this colu...

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