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  • Leading article: The case for an inquiry is stronger than ever
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Mrs Gentle and Mrs Clarke contend that the second article of the Human Rights Act, which guarantees the right to life, obliges the Government to take reasonable steps to ensure that its service personnel do not face the risk of death except in lawful...

  • Leading article: Rising prices should give us all food for thought
    Wednesday, 13 February 2008

    According to the ONS, this week's rise is attributable to soaring oil and food bills. We know all about oil, but it is becoming clear that food is potentially just as serious a driver of inflation in the 21st century. The United Nations' food price i...

  • Leading article: A European Union call to arms
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    It is a well chosen battle. A text sent from a mobile phone while abroad costs around 21p, compared with 5.6p in Britain. And downloading one megabyte of information can set a user back £4.11 on the Continent, as opposed to £1.50 in the UK. There is ...

  • Paul Vallely: Clumsy maybe, but not sorry
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    The first task was a relatively easy one, as was demonstrated by the intense warmth of the applause which greeted his arrival at the Synod. Looking uncomfortable, he waved his arms to quieten the clapping but had to do so twice before he began to spe...

  • Letters: Khmer Rouge killers
    Wednesday, 13 February 2008

    As the Americans pulled out after the disastrous war in Vietnam ,which included the illegal bombing of Cambodia in an attempt to destroy Viet Cong supply routes, they provided the social and political environment for the Khmer Rouge to leave their ju...

  • Leading article: The courage to right a historic wrong
    Wednesday, 13 February 2008

    In the few weeks since he led the Labor Party into office on a landslide, Mr Rudd has brought a liberating breath of fresh air into Australian politics. Before the end of his first day in office, he had reversed Australia's policy on climate change b...

  • Letters: MPs' expenses
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    There are costs that people encounter when they have to stay away from home. Many organisations provide an overnight allowance and leave it up to people to work out how to spend this. If Parliament paid for a one-bedroom furnished flat for each MP an...

  • Leading article: Two wheels good
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    This will apparently be spent on a massive network of "cycle super highways" to cut across London and a "hire-and-ride" bike scheme (based on the extraordinarily successful Paris "Velib" example). It all sounds excellent. But one cannot help wonderin...

  • Robert Verkaik: A threat to US relations with Britain
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Britain is opposed to capital punishment and has been increasingly critical of the treatment of prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. Both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have called for the closure of the prison camp at the US naval base in Cuba which still...

  • Robert Verkaik: Dispensing with your lawyer can prove costly
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Most unrepresented members of the public fall at the first hurdle and fail to prove they have an arguable case. In the majority of first-instance cases, there is little flexibility in law and a judge's hands are tied by clear statutes. To try to over...

  • Anne Penketh: Nobel winner and voice of protest throughout years of oppression
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    His first appearance before the UN Security Council was in 1975, before the annexation of the territory the following year which was never recognised by the UN. I met Mr Ramos-Horta in the 1990s, when he was still lobbying the UN for a referendum on ...

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