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Friday, 19 December 2008

  • Leading article: An economic morality lesson in a time of deep uncertainty
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, created a stir this week when he criticised the Government's efforts to alleviate the economic downturn on moral grounds. Asked about the encouragement for consumers to spend through a 2.5 percentage poin...

  • Letters: The 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    While not denying the truth of what he writes, my recent short trip to Cuba taught me that while the people want change, they are anxious that it is judicious change. They want to keep low rents, free healthcare which gives a better life-expectancy a...

  • Leading article: Lockerbie's unanswered questions
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. In the intervening period, the Libyan government has been blamed for the bombing; the families of the victims have received a $1.5bn compensation package authorised by Colonel Gaddafi, and Pan Ameri...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The reality behind Deep Throat
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    It was Mr Felt, with access to all FBI files, who met Bob Woodward of The Washington Post in an underground parking garage in Rosslyn, Virginia. He famously steered him and Carl Bernstein towards exposing the Watergate burglary of the Democratic Part...

  • E Jane Dickson: A lesson in having a non-nuclear family Christmas
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    The day after Boxing Day we'll scoop up the kids and take them to my parents' for Christmas Mark II. Santa, being a large-minded old chap, not much exercised by notions of social cohesion, doesn't mind organising a second drop. And if Santa can juggl...

  • Leading article: Help for Jaguar could set an expensive precedent
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    There are many questions that need to be asked here. Let's start with the obvious. Is the minister who has been talking to Jaguar Land Rover by any chance the same Lord Mandelson who played the uncompromising free-marketeer in relation to another, ra...

  • Leading article: Friends reunited
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    Talk about an awkward Premier League family reunion. The Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson makes a natural curmudgeonly grandfather figure. Inter Milan's Jose Mourinho plays the part of the arrogant son. Liverpool's Rafa Benitez is the unflappable...

  • Letters: Welfare reform
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    The idea that young children should not be separated from lone parents on benefit and, that if they are separated, those children will suffer, is naive in the extreme. Quite often good-quality childcare away from their homes would go some way towards...

  • Leading article: An incompetent police force
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    The investigation into the killing of Rachel Nickell, who was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common in 1992, and which Napper finally admitted yesterday, was botched from the start. The Metropolitan Police placed huge confidence in the judgement of a ...

  • Caroline Lucas: To stop the terrorists we must know the roots of terrorism
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    US President-elect Barack Obama has also pledged to withdraw troops from Iraq and I warmly welcome moves in this direction. My fear, however, is that a key motivator behind this approach is the desire to bolster troop numbers in Afghanistan. While th...

  • Nicolas Sarkozy: Without the Lisbon treaty reforms, the European Union may stall
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    We put a compromise on the table allowing us to assure everyone that they won't have to go through a new Lisbon treaty ratification procedure because there won't be any change to the Lisbon treaty. Second, I think that in the future the commission pr...

  • Leading article: Flat earthers
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    Yet there is something that troubles about the project. 3D is all very well for sport. Who would not want to admire their favourite athletes from as many angles as possible? But do we really want everything broadcast to be looming out towards us? Con...

  • Michael McCarthy: Enjoy cold winters while they last
    Friday, 19 December 2008

    If you follow the climate change agenda and you accept the science, you will need no convincing that cold winters in Britain will fairly soon be a thing of the past. Indeed, for the past 20 years, winters have been getting steadily warmer, with notic...

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