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Sunday, 30 November 2008

  • Leading article: India and Pakistan have a common extremist enemy
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    This has already prompted the resignation of the interior minister and the national security adviser. It is quite right for Indian society to hold its leadership to account in this way. But at the same time it is worth remembering that, whatever the ...

  • Tales of the suburbs: 'What happened to the future they promised us on Tomorrow's World?'
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    Now, almost everyone to whom I have passed this on has retorted that they don't have any spare time. There are barely enough hours in the day to be stressed, without adding to your burden by trying to make a model of the London Eye out of Bulldog cli...

  • Leading article: Competent leadership badly needed
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    This affair also shines an unforgiving spotlight on the present sorry condition of the Metropolitan Police. The past three years have been truly wretched for the reputation of the nation's biggest force. It began when Sir Ian Blair became Commissione...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Spheres of influence are a fact of life
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    During the crisis in August, David Cameron won the prize for the least commonsensical words uttered by any politician when he visited Tbilisi and said Georgian membership of Nato should be accelerated even faster. But Senator John McCain, with his "W...

  • DJ Taylor: A Word to the wise
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Last week he popped up to offer his thoughts on reality TV, a phenomenon of which he apparently disapproves ("like watching a car crash") but is nonetheless absorbed by. Whether commenting on Arab-Israeli relations or appraising I'm A Celebrity Get M...

  • Tim Lott: If this is the end of the road, there must be a rainbow...
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    But the other day it occurred to me that I was being told that the yellow brick road was heading for ruin about 12 months ago, after Northern Rock collapsed. Even then we were being told that we were embarking on a new era of austerity, uncharted wat...

  • Kanishk Tharoor: This is an Indian atrocity – not the West's
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Just as they were calculated to do, the terrorists' unforgivable deeds drew unprecedented media attention to Mumbai. No attack in recent memory has so transfixed the entire nation or so catapulted India into the glare of the international spotlight. ...

  • Letters: Climate Change Act
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    The UK cannot buy its way out of the climate change crisis and CAFOD hopes to see a commitment to a reduction in dependency on buying carbon credits from abroad. To do this Turner will need to encourage the Government to transform the UK economy thro...

  • Leading article: Bonfire of the Bills
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    But it does prompt a thought. Could we not use this economic downturn to hold a bad Bills amnesty? This could be an opportunity to get rid of a heap of unwanted legislation and damaging plans, from ID cards and 42-day detention to a third runway for ...

  • Paddy Ashdown: Corruption and terrorism will flourish without global governance
    Monday, 1 December 2008

    Second, power is global and has shifted out of the institutions we created to make it subject to the rule of law, away from the national state onto the global stage. That is where big business is, where Citigroup is and that is where al-Qa'ida is as ...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (30 November 2008)
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Prostitutes and men who use prostitutes are individuals. If Jacqui Smith's brutal Act of Parliament goes through unamended, men who use prostitutes will suffer injustices similar to those suffered by homosexuals in the past. And they will be very sus...

  • Leading article: We can give Zimbabwe hope
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    The truth is that Mr Tsvangirai has been spending a lot of time in South Africa, engaged in tortuous negotiations over the allocation of ministerial posts. Progress was made last week, for example, in agreeing amendments to the constitution to put th...

  • Katy Guest: Grow up with the triffids and you'll fear GM
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Back in the mid-1990s, when the debate about genetic modification of plants started in earnest in Commons corridors and at editorial conferences all over the world, those with instinctive views split into two distinct camps: those who had seen The Da...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Duncan Davidson, the multimillionaire founder of Persimmon homes and a cousin of the Duchess of Cornwall, hit by the credit crunch, has decided to fell an entire forest he owns in Northumberland as a way of raising cash from the timber. If granted...

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