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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

  • Leading article: There are better ways to protect trafficked women
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    The crucial point to bear in mind is that if it was possible to eradicate the sex trade through legislation and ratcheting up social stigma, it would have disappeared long ago. Prostitution has thrived in more censorious and judgemental eras than our...

  • Leading article: The US car industry is stalled on a road to nowhere
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    Credit crunch and recession between them have now confronted the US car industry with harsh reality. Sales of new cars have plummeted, as they have elsewhere. And when Americans do buy a new car, it is increasingly smaller, more economical – and fore...

  • Letters: Baby P and social services
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    My mother seriously abused me as a child, all under the watchful eye of the social services. I can remember sitting with my social worker, covered in bruises, and trying to tell him how I felt, and him replying, with hands clasped together and a nod ...

  • Leading article: Unfair competition from the BBC
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    Yet the knock-on effects of this plan threaten existing commercial local media outlets. Local newspapers, losing advertising revenues in the downturn, are struggling to invest in internet services. This new online competition will not help. Commercia...

  • Michael McCarthy: Finally, we can dare to hope
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    Barack Obama's statement of intent about the coming year's negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol suddenly raises an electrifying possibility: the possibility of success. When the world community meets in Copenhagen in December 2009 to try to agr...

  • Sophie Morris: Sorry, John – but it's right for you to go
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    How else could I justify tuning into what is called – mistakenly by the way – a "reality" show, were it not for the dancing? You won't find me camping out in front of Big Brother, and there's no chance I'll ever be able to tell one bland-with-a-big-v...

  • Dr Thomas Fingar: Education is vital to securing a stable future for the Middle East
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    It is the multiplicity of serious challenges that may be a defining characteristic of the region. The ability to cope with any one problem will be made more complicated by the interaction of problems. Actions taken on one will restrict opportunities ...

  • Ian Burrell: Strictly scandalous – Beeb short-changes viewers again
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    Sergeant's decision to quit the Saturday night prime-time show has, once again, thrown into confusion the whole notion of viewer participation in British television. Just as after the premium rate phone-in scandals of last year, audiences have been l...

  • Ellie Levenson: Politicians must dress to impress
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    The other guests put rather more effort into things but among the Scooby-Doos and the Barney Rubbles there was one who caused us much angst – a white man in a brown outfit and a "blacked up" face. He wasn't blacked up in the traditional sense, he tol...

  • Letters: A clash of stereotypes
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    Well, perhaps, her fear of certain people and certain areas was justified as she ended up being mugged – though this violent crime is brushed over by Hanks as if it is a trivial matter (rather than a frightening and defining moment that no doubt conf...

  • Leading article: This is our problem too
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    Mr Calderon informed his audience that drug production is causing environmental disaster in Colombia, with illegal cultivators destroying 200,000 hectares of forest each year to produce the coca plant. But his purpose was not merely to draw our atten...

  • David Mamet: The media must not allow government to proscribe free speech
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    Such a doctrine, rather than forcing open discourse, will tend to limit it, for those media organs with a limited budget will shy away from political speech as they may have to present opposing doctrine – offending their listeners and the advertisers...

  • Katy Guest: Pub quizzes: the answer to everything
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    As any ringer dedicated to questions about the quotations of Bill Shankly c.1975 - 1981 will know by rote, some people thought that football was a matter of life and death; he could assure them it was much more serious than that. But pub quizzes make...

  • Alexa Chung: Themed rooms! So will it be the Cadillac bed or the Cave with the cockroach?
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    The beauty of the sweeping ocean views in Big Sur was rivalled only by that of the looming mountains, which could easily be observed by those who weren't yet too relaxed to turn their heads away from the sea. The Post Ranch Inn, to which I had retrea...

  • Leading article: Stepping down
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    Peter Mandelson has been suggested by some commentators, who point out that he is "a fighter, not a quitter". However, we submit that the deputy Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, would be a smarter choice. His ballroom skills are renowned and, sh...

  • Guy Adams: Cowell is an export who shames Britain
    Thursday, 20 November 2008

    "I don't think any artist on earth could sing with that much metal in their mouth," he gleefully announced to 30 million-odd viewers. "You have so much metal in your mouth, it's like a bridge!" Ms Goodspeed failed to see the joke, though. Last week, ...

  • Leading article: Ball control
    Wednesday, 19 November 2008

    Take yesterday's press conference at Hampden Park ahead of Scotland's friendly with Argentina. Prodded by a journalist from south of the border on the notorious "Hand of God" incident that helped eject England from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the n...

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