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  • Leading article: Local authorities cannot duck their responsibilities
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    First, it emerged that as many as 300,000 Britons had kept savings in Icelandic banks, which turned out to be considerably less safe than houses. We then learned that several publicly funded organisations, such as the Metropolitan Police Authority an...

  • Leading article: A bold financial package – but not yet a market solution
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    Yesterday's financial package was as big and as bold as he claimed – £50bn to help recapitalise Britain's banks, £200bn of extra liquidity to keep the wheels of finance turning and an astonishing £250bn of guarantees of medium-term finance for the ba...

  • Nick Clegg: Britain needs tax cuts – not just a bank bailout
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    The Government action, pulled together early on Wednesday morning by a legion of exhausted officials, was unprecedented in scale. But it was necessary. These are extraordinary times. Dramatic, even heavy-handed, action is right. It is right to go fa...

  • Letters: Town-hall economics
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    Forty years ago our local council was administered by a handful of men in a small office, the remainder of the council staff providing the core services that taxpayers demand. Today, councils are huge, appear to be grossly overstaffed and spend vast ...

  • Leading article: Mud-slinging to little effect
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    Over the past few days, the Republicans have stepped up their efforts to portray Barack Obama as some kind of hostile alien in America's midst. Mr McCain's running-mate, Sarah Palin, accuses the Democrat of "palling around with terrorists", while Rep...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The best writers aren't all English
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    Made last week, the choice of Jean-Marie Le Clézio has merit on its own terms – as well as somehow looking like the topical reflection of a hunger for a world that spreads its benefits beyond a now-disgraced elite. True, the Academy's citation did pr...

  • Richard Harries: In this faithless age, we must be guided by great literature
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    However, I have to express a personal preference for writing that seems closer to the world in which we live, and clearly does illuminate it. When I was at school I saw a performance of Thornton Wilder's play Our Town. The only scenery and props were...

  • Michael McCarthy: A minister rooted in the natural world
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    It strikes me as unusual that the man who is in charge of the natural world in England, Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, managed to define its worth and meaning fairly comprehensively, and with notable eloq...

  • Letters: Banking bailout
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    Swingeing conditions must accompany the Government's financial support – a review of bonuses and remuneration can only be implemented by the Government placing their own men as executive directors on pay review committees. Currently they are staffed ...

  • Leading article: Libraries should be about books
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    The Society of Chief Librarians recently spelt out what this might mean in practice, citing the north London borough of Camden as a pioneer of "diversification". In Camden, a ban on mobile phones is being lifted and visitors will be allowed to bring ...

  • Dmitry Medvedev: Twenty years on, America must abandon its Cold War mentality
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    After September 11 2001, Russia – like many other states – instantly, without a second thought, stretched out a hand of friendship. And we did that not only to rebuff terrorism but also for the sake of overcoming the division in the world after the C...

  • Peter Inson: A considered smack is a parent's right
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    Smacking is not corporal punishment, or violence, or assault. It lies somewhere between insisting on changing the nappy of a resentful infant and the shrugging of one's shoulders when adult offspring embark upon some youthful folly. When plain words,...

  • Sophie Morris: Stop. Money never matters more than life
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    At some point between last Saturday evening and early on Tuesday morning, Rajaram chose to shoot his wife, three children and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself at the family home in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old American financier left a...

  • Leading article: A clarification
    Friday, 10 October 2008

    OFF-STAGE AT A RITZY PARTY: (a telephone rings). THE SERIOUS MAN FOR SERIOUS TIMES: I don't know or not if another bank has fallen! (CUE LAUGHTER) TSMFST: You'll be pleased I'll not be giving financial information this evening. (CUE MORE LAUGHTER) Al...

  • Guy Adams: Who are these limey creeps?
    Thursday, 9 October 2008

    The show – which puts Vicky Pollard at a Utah boot camp and Daffyd Thomas, only gay in the village, at a politically-correct Carolina university – debuted two weeks ago on HBO, after an expensive promotional campaign. Yet so far, it's bombed. Yesterd...

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