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Tuesday, 23 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: There are still reasons for cheer this Christmas
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    Yet there will be a shadow over many homes this festive season in the form of a rapidly worsening global economic downturn. The spectres of unemployment, home repossessions and bankruptcy loom frighteningly large. And in the wider world too, ominous ...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: top in 2008
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    The more traditional prose items we ran on the opinion pages were topped by a piece that got huge traction in America - Dominic Lawson's question Why should anyone trust Joe Biden?, with his view that Joe Biden might be a less than impressive figure,...

  • Alexa Chung: 'As the youngest of my family, I think it's safe to say I'm the brat'
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    The reason for my dreary appearance is that I have had to pack for a trip to Australia. I've been forced to haul my suitcase full of goodies with me to my parent's house in Hampshire, ready for my departure straight from here in a few days time. Wate...

  • Marcus Berkmann: Punishment in a post office queue
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    In city centres, for instance, you now need a good sturdy pair of wellies to negotiate the pools of vomit that manifest themselves every afternoon, and grow in size and number until dawn the following morning. For should you slip and fall into one su...

  • Paul Vallely: Theological point that was lost in translation
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    The hapless pontiff has been reported around the globe as saying that saving humanity from homosexual or trans-sexual behaviour is as important as saving the rainforest. That is not what he said at all. In fact, his end-of-year address to Vatican bur...

  • Anne Penketh: The exception to the rule that francophone west Africa is on the road to democracy
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    Every west African country has faced twists and turns along the road to democracy following independence, including Nigeria, and its fellow English-speaking countries of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and Gambia. But now, Guinea's neighbours are beacon...

  • Michael D Griffin: I fear that we would not be allowed a mission like Apollo 8 today
    Wednesday, 24 December 2008

    With that in mind, I have long thought that the decision to send Apollo 8 to the moon was one of the most crucial in NASA's history, and might well stand first on the list. To decide to send people to the moon for the very first time would always be ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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