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  • Leading article: Benazir Bhutto's divisive legacy to Pakistan
    Saturday, 27 December 2008

    For all the despair of one year ago and the doom-laden forecasts for Pakistan that followed, the balance sheet has not been all negative. Ms Bhutto's death, in the midst of a keenly fought election campaign that her party had looked set to win, did n...

  • Leading article: Nice – with a touch of humanity
    Saturday, 27 December 2008

    When Nice was established almost 10 years ago, a central part of its brief was to end the so-called postcode lottery, according to which patients in some parts of the country received treatment or drugs free that had to be paid for or were simply una...

  • Jonathan Heawood: For Pinter, the outsider came first
    Saturday, 27 December 2008

    Yet this anger was underscored by a fervent belief in justice. From his early psychological dramas to the late political plays, the imaginary world he created is unspeakably unjust. His characters say and do horrendous things to each other and get aw...

  • Leading article: A dramatic departure
    Friday, 26 December 2008

    The death of this most anti-Establishment member of the Establishment was announced just as the whole country, so it seemed, was settling down to the most conventional of our festive meals. What is more, Pinter's broadcast obituaries preceded the day...

  • Kathy Marks: From Australia ... an epic let-down
    Friday, 26 December 2008

    All of this was faithfully covered by the Australian media, in whose eyes "our Nic" could do little wrong. Kidman's compatriots even forgave her for dabbling in Scientology, for Cruise's fame meant she was constantly in the spotlight, which reflected...

  • Robert Winder: The untimely dismissal of a most singular figure
    Friday, 26 December 2008

    Among his more famous accomplishments – the vivid and original theatre, the world-spanning production schedule, the screenplays, the political fury, the Nobel Prize – there is a fraternity of cricket-lovers who will raise a glass and remember him for...

  • Leading article: On the carpet
    Saturday, 27 December 2008

    The first half was not a happy experience for the visitors. "Rubbish" was at the mild end of the invective hurled in their direction. So did Brown then give them a pep talk about how wonderful they were, just unappreciated and misunderstood? Not a bi...

  • Leading article: Pessimism and the pulpit
    Friday, 26 December 2008

    As often, some of the strongest words came from the Archbishop of York, who lambasted bankers for pursuing "ruthless gain". His Manchester colleague was close behind, and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster expressed "shock" at the way some of tho...

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