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Tuesday, 25 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: The world must hope that America gets it right
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    Mr Obama's economic team, led by the future Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is already at work on the scheme, which is likely to inject up to $500bn (£330bn) into the economy. Like Alistair Darling's package, it will greatly increase an already ...

  • Vince Cable: Warning: this economic crisis could drag on for a decade
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    On balance, it is better to be straight. And that means admitting that no one fully understands the scale of the complex but extreme economic crisis we face or has any simple, silver bullet, solution to it. The problems are partly international – the...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Israel and Gaza
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    The "peacenik" referred to in the report on the ship which broke the Israeli sea siege of Gaza was Jeff Halper, head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He was later arrested and held in Shikma prison, Ashkelon after he tried ...

  • Alexa Chung: 'Now I'm 25, the only shoes I can look forward to are slippers'
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    I have never lied about my age, and two weeks ago I... turned 25. There, I've said it. Sometimes, I think I'm the only person in my profession who is being honest about their age. I was pleased to reach 25, if only because, when I was at school, I lo...

  • Leading article: A state of degradation
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    Zimbabwe's health system was once the best on the African continent. But a decade of neglect has left it is unable to cope. Clinics and hospitals are under unbearable pressure. They lack the basic facilities to treat patients. Cholera sufferers are n...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Agencies should have picked up on the signs that would have revealed abuse
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    It beggars belief that abuse on such a scale, over almost 20 years, could go undetected. Did no one notice the children, abused from the age of eight, behaving strangely at school? Did GPs, nurses, midwives, health visitors and social workers never s...

  • Jacques Rogge: The London Olympics won't be worse than Beijing – just different
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    Each Games is unique. It is not the amount of money spent that determines how good a Games is, it is also the unique and inspiring atmosphere created within the city. I'm sure London will do very well there. The forthcoming Games will be the first to...

  • Dr Douglas Gwatidzo: Patients ask, but there is nothing we can do
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    It is not just the medical profession that one has to look at – there are many other factors. For example, there is raw sewage flowing on the streets, and this issue is not being addressed. There are suburbs where there has been no running water from...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Moral majority?
    Wednesday, 26 November 2008

    Ms Harman has called on conscientious members of the WI to pore over classified ads and make their objections clear to editors if they find anything suspect. Some might say an organisation which has made headlines in recent years for producing a nude...

  • 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...

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