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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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

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