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Monday, 24 November 2008

  • Leading article: A gamble that will decide Britain's political future
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    There is economic logic behind the measures outlined by Alistair Darling yesterday. A strong case has been made for injecting money into the economy in the form of tax cuts, especially as the impact of recent rate cuts has been so reduced by the bank...

  • Leading article: Putting money in the pockets of the consumer makes sense
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    Bold would appear to be the operative word. Leading off with a sharp cut in VAT by up to 2.5 per cent, the total size of the package of tax cuts will probably account for as much as 2 per cent of GDP. As tax revenues are falling, the chasm that this ...

  • Leading article: Talking sense on immigration
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    Behind this bluster, however, lies the fact that the present Government policy towards irregular migrants manages to be inhumane and economically inefficient. Migrants are left without access to basic health services and the Treasury is denied their ...

  • Michael Brown: The most irresponsible budget I have ever heard
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    Every cabinet minister will be under orders never to mention the "election" word. But it is inconceivable that Gordon Brown will want to risk losing the short-term advantages given by this pre-Budget report, before unemployment rises relentlessly to ...

  • Leading article: The folly of spurning the Dalai Lama
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    It is five decades since Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled the country after an aborted revolt against Chinese rule. Since then, he has consistently foresworn violence and urged a negotiated settlement, accepting the reality of Chinese s...

  • Letters: Obama and Zimbabwe
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    For years, Robert Mugabe has maintained that "neo-colonial" powers, that is, the "white" governments of the UK and US, have been plotting to usurp him. But with Zimbabwe slowly sliding towards civil war, beset by cholera, with five million at risk of...

  • Letters: Fighting in Afghanistan
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    The British Army knocked down the walls with artillery, expelled the inhabitants, stole the precious doors of the Ghazni tomb, blew up the famous bazaar of Kabul, introduced prostitution, hanged Afghans before the city walls, tied tribal leaders to f...

  • Leading article: A quick absolution
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    One wonders what prompted this sudden change of heart – the sound of Hey Jude or Eleanor Rigby floating through the open window of Benedict XVI's apartment, perhaps? Galileo's ghost must be fuming. Accused of heresy in 1633 for suggesting the earth d...

  • Susie Rushton: My carefree car-free life has gone to L
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    Secondly, driving anywhere in London is basically pointless. The brave may prefer bikes, but my internal sat nav is hardwired to the Tube map. I can't go anywhere in the city without first gauging the distance via a fat spaghetti strand of brown, ind...

  • Christopher Meyer: Newspapers should beware of wishing for a privacy law
    Tuesday, 25 November 2008

    The Human Rights Act, of course, gets up the noses of a lot of people, and often rightly so. But it's a fact of life. It is the basis on which the courts rule when the principles of privacy collide with those of press freedom. Even if the Act were ab...

  • David Miliband: 'We must restore belief in the efficacy of liberal interventionism'
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    Afghanistan and Iraq show how difficult it is to re-build the authority of states following a military campaign. The danger is that, as a result, the international community grows increasingly reluctant to intervene in countries scarred by conflict a...

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