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Monday, 22 December 2008

  • Leading article: What the Metropolitan Police needs from its new chief
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    This sorry list of foul-ups was added to at the weekend by an outburst from the counter-terrorism chief, Bob Quick, who accused the Conservative Party of planting embarrassing stories about him in the press. It turned out that Mr Quick had not bother...

  • Leading article: Don't leave the poor prey to the loan sharks
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    As we know, when there is blood in the water, sharks are usually not far away. And there are few more vicious predators in the credit waters than loan sharks. An unlicensed Birmingham lender, Mark Washington Johnson, was jailed three years ago for ch...

  • Leading article: Good news from China
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    Yet the panda transfer that takes place this week is a special one, for the recipient is Taiwan. And the idea that Beijing would be donating not just one, but a pair, of giant pandas to the people of Taiwan – still less that Taiwan would graciously h...

  • Oliver Miles: Gaza has to be part of any Middle East peace
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    The answers are: yes and yes. The ceasefire in Gaza, always shaky, has come to an end. Even when it was on, the two sides played chicken, one using lethal modern weaponry including airstrikes, the other home-made rockets which mostly explode pointles...

  • Johann Hari: Tasers are an outrage we must resist
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    He didn't know what they wanted, but obeyed when they told him to approach slowly. "I then had this incredible jolt of pain on the back of my head," he explains. The electricity made him spasm; as he fell to the ground, he felt his teeth scatter on t...

  • Leading article: Obama's green machine
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    At the weekend, the President-elect appointed two of the world's most respected climate scientists, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco, to his team as scientific adviser and head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration respectively. Both ...

  • Letters: Banks and the poor
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    This proposal was deeply regressive in the context of the huge amounts of financial support that have recently been made to the banks, where it is taxpayers, rather than the banks' customers, who are providing support. The funding for expanding finan...

  • Leading article: Crashing boar
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    So, inevitably, it is with mixed feelings that we contemplate the explosion in boar numbers in the Forest of Dean and calls for a cull. If boars are being, well, boorish, they obviously need a bit of disciplining, but it would be a shame to wipe them...

  • Ellie Levenson: I hang on the Queen's every word
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    Please understand, this wasn't out of support for the concept of monarchy, but so that we could spend the rest of afternoon picking the speech apart and so that we could have a family sweepstake on what colour she would be wearing (last year was yell...

  • Condoleezza Rice: How the piano helps me deal with being the Secretary of State
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    I try to make time for my friends and my family. I try to make time for exercise – even if it does mean 4.30 in the morning to do it, I try to make time for it. And I try to make time for things that feed my soul, and music feeds your soul. It's not ...

  • Letters: Jaguar must not fail
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    Government ownership would ensure essential knowledge in the automotive trade is kept in this country and become a basis for rebuilding manufacturing. The strategy should be immediate state ownership, return the company to profitability and then put ...

  • Leading article: Lighten up
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    But, still, let us resist despair. The days are at least getting longer. And think what good use you could make of that extra daylight. You could settle down to listen to all 80 verses of Leonard Cohen's version of "Hallelujah" without having to fumb...

  • Barack Obama: Science can provide the answer to many of the world's problems
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    It is time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology. Right now, in labs, classrooms and companies across America, our leading minds are hard at work chasing...

  • Nicholas Barber: If it's January, it must be Kate Winslet
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    Blame Oscar. It has long been standard practice for Hollywood studios to release a batch of their heavy-hitters in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, so they will be fresh in the voters' minds when they're filling in their ballot forms. It h...

  • KaTy Guest: The sun has got his hat on down in SE23
    Tuesday, 23 December 2008

    In up-and-coming SE23 we set a vigil through the longest night with roast goose, hot spicy cider and some jumping over fires three times sunwise that showed a new grit and determination, as well as the usual pagan enthusiasm. It was a little bit of ...

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