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  • Leading article: We must not succumb to a counsel of despair in 2009
    Thursday, 1 January 2009

    The global financial system remains in a fragile state. The banks will continue to cut back their lending and the shadow banking sector will continue to collapse, accelerating the downturn. Governments have thus far been haphazard in their response t...

  • Leading article: Ten years on, Europe's single currency is vindicated
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    A project that had once been a mere gleam in the eye of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing had materialised into European monetary union. Without it, the notes and coins, now taken almost for granted across so much of Europe, would not have come into circulati...

  • Sean O'Grady: We're at a turning point for capitalism
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    If in doubt, it's usually a good rule to go for the most pessimistic forecasts. At least that way you might get a pleasant surprise, though it is fair to add that even the gloomiest Cassandras this time last year look absurdly upbeat in the light of ...

  • Leading article: Test of resolve
    Thursday, 1 January 2009

    And we all know precisely how bad our habits are because, perhaps with the exception of gambling, the Government spent much of 2008 telling us. Barely a week seemed to pass without a ministerial pronouncement urging us to lay off junk food or requiri...

  • Sophie Morris: Children and alcohol: tough rules required
    Thursday, 1 January 2009

    Still, a morning when half the country is nursing sore heads, fluffy mouths and somersaulting stomachs is as apt a moment as any to give our drinking culture some serious consideration. Two stories involving children and alcohol have come together th...

  • Simon O'Hagan: 'Let's watch Mamma Mia!' said my wife. I didn't fight. I was outnumbered...
    Thursday, 1 January 2009

    OK, it wasn't a terribly original idea. But it would have been the same if it had been, and once my daughters started groaning and my wife came in with a counter-proposal that we watch Mamma Mia! on the DVD that the cat had given her for Christmas, t...

  • Nick Lezard: Adults don't just act like children during the holidays
    Thursday, 1 January 2009

    But there is something that strikes me with increasing force about this whole season: it's getting more childish. This could be simply because I'm getting older and grumpier; but I don't think so – if only because I recognise that I'm not particularl...

  • Letters: The free market
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    Markets may "correct" over the long term but if they are only able to operate by violently oscillating through a series of ruinous overshoots and undershoots, laying waste to the lives of millions in the process, the free market could hardly be descr...

  • Alexa Chung: 'I don't care about my sunburn. I'm so happy to have cheated winter'
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    My Christmas Eve was spent in the village "Pub With No Name" It's actually called the White Horse but the sign fell down years ago and I guess the owners felt no compulsion to replace it. Over time its new name became no name at all. There we sang al...

  • Leading article: Honours earned and omitted
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    That all Olympic gold medal-winning athletes will receive an honour is equally unsurprising, given that the Prime Minister assured us in August that they would. We do not yet know why this rule seems not to apply to Paralympians such as Nigel Murray,...

  • Boris Yeltsin: I want you to know that I never said this would be easy
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    Dear friends, my dears, today I am wishing you New Year greetings for the last time. Today, on the last day of the outgoing century, I am retiring. I have done the main job of my life. Russia will never return to the past. Why hold on to power for an...

  • Fares Akram: As waves of F-16s swoop, Gaza is no place to be nine months' pregnant
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    On Saturday, when the first strikes started, I was at my office. I tried to call Alaa's mobile but the network was down. My mother, who lives next door, reassured me that my wife was fine. In fact, Alaa was not fine at all. The impact from an explosi...

  • Leading article: Good news – for some
    Wednesday, 31 December 2008

    This will be scant consolation to existing home owners, who see the value of their biggest asset continuing to fall. But the knock-on effects could still be beneficial, bringing more mobility to the market, allowing some to move to a bigger home and ...

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