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  • Leading article: This rate cut is not just about credit, but confidence too
    Friday, 7 November 2008

    The size of the cut is testament to how concerned the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which decides rates, has grown about the health of our economy. The outlook has deteriorated drastically over the past month. Consumer spending is falling. ...

  • Leading article: A new President for a new American age
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Until the Democratic nominee arrived to address the vast crowd in Chicago, having passed the crucial tally of electoral college votes, it had been just possible to believe that victory would somehow elude him; that America had, after all, not been re...

  • Jay McInerney: We New Yorkers have others to thank
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    In many ways, this moment feels like the obverse of that terrible morning after. And it feels like some sort of vindication for those of us who feel that our country lost its bearings not long after that. In 25 years I have never seen the kind of mas...

  • Leading article: Threat – or opportunity?
    Friday, 7 November 2008

    This may be a correct reading, at least in part, but it is no reason for panic. For a start, Mr Medvedev had other, rather more friendly things to say. He had already sent his congratulations to Mr Obama, along with his hopes for co-operation and imp...

  • Alan Latham: The French intellectuals are wrong: running is good for the mind
    Friday, 7 November 2008

    In a similar vein the daily newspaper Libération wondered, "Le jogging est-il de droite?" (Is jogging right wing?). There is a prejudice towards sustained physical recreation activity that is deep-seated in the European intellectual tradition. If you...

  • Letters: Obama and the economy
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Companies have not suddenly started to declare unusual profits, the so-called toxic investments are still there, and the banks are still sulking and not lending. Investors are caught up in the moment and imagine that government efforts to ease credit...

  • Leading article: The fun's over
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    It was a fitting final note, because the 2008 presidential election has delivered some first-rate entertainment. And not just in America. The spectacle of our own politicians jostling to attach themselves to the victorious Mr Obama yesterday was remi...

  • Alan Davey: The arts are here to provide the strength to overcome despair
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    The way to maintain the confidence of audiences and private sector funders is to be bold and ambitious, and not retreat into 'safe'. We know from previous hard times that if standards of aspiration and ambition fall, audiences don't engage and organi...

  • Sophie Morris: Lessons in life that only a pet can give us
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    No: it's the low growl dogs emit if you disturb them while they're eating. In dogspeak, this means: "Come back in seven seconds, by which time I'll have seen away this bowl of bland dry biscuits and be ready to accept titbits from the kitchen table."...

  • Sean O'Grady: A speech with echoes of Lincoln and Nixon
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Yet while much of Obama's address was more or less an echo of the concerns of worried Americans repeated back to them by a man who sought to reassure, other words and phrases reverberated down the years. Most explicit was his graceful obeisance to Ab...

  • Baratunde Thurston: We rejected so much history and so many rules that have bound us. We rejected fear
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    I am in South Dallas, Texas, being hugged by the elderly black election judge I met during the primaries. I am six years old and have just learnt to swim. I am cheering with my Dominican barbers. I am being called a nigger by white children on a camp...

  • Michael Brown: Under Reagan's gaze the faithful despaired
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    The writing was on the wall an hour before the polls closed when I addressed two dozen politics students at the American University. Only two had voted for Senator McCain, and no warnings from me that expectations and high hopes were likely to run fa...

  • Leading article: Indian runner
    Friday, 7 November 2008

    What this diminutive cricketer has achieved in his 19-year Test career is remarkable. Last month he became the highest scoring player in the history of test cricket, passing 12,000 runs. Tendulkar has accomplished all this while being subject to the ...

  • Michael McCarthy: Yes we can... build the smart grid
    Friday, 7 November 2008

    The smart grid is a national electricity distribution grid which is as light and mobile and responsive as the internet, working from consumer to supplier as well as the other way round. Got more charge in your electric car than you need? Sell it back...

  • Guy Adams: Another kind of seismic event...
    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    It has nothing to do with the election. The inhabitants of Los Angeles have been coming to terms with a seismic annual event that strikes at the very fabric of their lives: the start of the "rainy" season. This being Southern California, it's importa...

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