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Monday, 1 December 2008

  • Leading article: Conventional wisdom and terrible consequences
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    It is impossible to disagree. The report – jointly put together by Ofsted, the Healthcare Commission and the Inspectorate of Constabulary – catalogues weak management and rampant complacency from officials responsible for vulnerable children in Harin...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Terrorism, terrorists, them and us
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Each community refused to seek punishment for its own killers. When I was seconded as a Church of Scotland minister to work in Belfast, I heard a kind grandmother assure me that a group of Protestants were "only showing off their nice new guns" and t...

  • Leading article: Strength and experience
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    But then weight, experience and a centrist approach to issues could also be said of the Republican Robert Gates, who will be staying on in the Pentagon; General James Jones, former head of Nato, who takes on the job of National Security Adviser; Gove...

  • James Purnell: New Labour is not dead and buried – it's in rude health
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    For the Government, it is no different. As we face up to the financial crisis, the Government has a choice to make: do we consolidate what we now have or do we set out a bold agenda to make radical change. This week, Labour will set out its legislati...

  • Susie Rushton: A Swedish lesson in Abba-negation
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Last Thursday evening, I admired them all, showing my passport to the immigration official next to a picture of Roxette, and thought I must have missed the Abba group shot of Benny, Björn, Anni-Frid and Agnetha. But the Swedes, it turns out, are not ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Credits where credit is due
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Take Sunday's broadcast of Wallander – a lavish adaptation of a detective novel by Henning Mankell. The high-rolling bosses, Kenneth Branagh included, got lengthy space in the opening credits. As for the junior cast and crew members, audiences were a...

  • Podium: Animals should run free – not sit in cages for our entertainment
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    London Zoo has responded to this concern for animal welfare with its showpiece Gorilla Kingdom, an enlarged enclosure. But this is still a tiny fraction of the territory that gorillas would roam over in the wild. Moreover, it is not the gorillas' nat...

  • 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 ...

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