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  • Leading article: A tale of greed and fraud from the financial Wild West
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    When hedge funds first appeared on the financial scene, they were high-risk and high-yielding investment vehicles for the super-wealthy. But in recent years all manner of supposedly conservative investors, from pension funds to insurance firms, began...

  • Leading article: The wrong moment to be strutting the world stage
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    Wilson fell victim to an obsessive conviction that his own country was too small for his talents, and only a world stage would do. Britain's Prime Minister may be making the same mistake as he hurtles round the globe on his various missions. One day ...

  • Leading article: Treat our armed forces fairly
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    The Government's treatment of those people disabled by their service, in particular, has been shaming. So meagre has been their compensation that the Ministry of Defence even paid more to a civilian typist who strained a wrist in the course of work. ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Keep out... a message for foreign leaders
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    Official press conferences of any kind seldom produce real news, but the worst are usually those given by foreign leaders on trips abroad in which they and their local ally suggest that they are in control of events and all is going according to plan...

  • Letters: Menezes affair
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    The only person who comes out of this scenario with credit is the Mayor of London, who told Ian Blair that he had no confidence in him, presumably recognising the principle, adhered to before New Labour politicised the Civil Service, that the horror ...

  • Leading article: Ach mein Gott!
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    But now the Germans are standing up for their much-maligned tongue. The Christian Democrats hope to add a line to the national constitution affirming that "the language of the Federal Republic of Germany is German". Quite right too. Think of the joy ...

  • Letters: Don't lose hope over ME
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    Though her illness was not as severe, our daughter also suffered from ME. Like Lynn, she was an active and able 12-year-old, a very competent musician and athlete. She became racked with aches and pains, suffering headaches which blurred her vision f...

  • Leading article: Strictly speaking, a disappointment
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    People don't watch these shows in search of motherhood and apple pie, and they certainly don't vote in order to learn later that "everyone's winning prizes". No, they want to see blood, sweat and tears in the form of a gladiatorial battle for the top...

  • Mark Serreze: Impact of melt may extend beyond the pole
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    Projections of how the climate will change in the 21st century, as humans load the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, are based largely on numerical models. Even our early climate-change models developed in the late 1970s told us that the Arctic would...

  • Nick Clegg: Optimism serves children better than worries for the next Baby P
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    Karen Matthews, who had her own daughter kidnapped, drugged, bound and imprisoned to try and make some money. The mother and step-father of Baby P, who beat their child to death. The father in Sheffield who raped his daughters for 20 years. How on ea...

  • Susie Rushton: There's no magic in the mail now
    Tuesday, 16 December 2008

    Walking through the little craft market at St James's church on Piccadilly earlier this month, I found myself picking up packs of Christmas cards with scratchy drawings of snowmen and angels, only to realise that I don't know a single friend's postal...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Silence descends on the noisiest city
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    When I arrive, it's something of a surprise then, to discover there's nobody here. The roads are all but empty of traffic, there are no queues, no noise. The journey from the airport takes barely 20 minutes rather than the hour or so I'd expected. It...

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