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  • Leading article: Seven days that made a nominee, if not yet a United States President
    Saturday, 16 February 2008

    In part, the shift is about delegate numbers – but it is not only about numbers. It is also about momentum and mood. The role of "super-delegates" at the Democratic convention means that Mrs Clinton could prevail there even if the numbers are close. ...

  • Leading article: Kosovo: a triumph for intervention
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    The pessimists have had free run of the Balkans recently, so let us for one day at least join in the celebrations of most of the Kosovar people and reflect on why their statehood is a good thing. Of course, as the nay-sayers point out, Kosovo is a ba...

  • Martyn Gregory: The death knell tolls for the Alma tunnel fantasists
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    If Fayed thought for a Harrods nanosecond that his previously reported views would remain unchallenged by what he perceives as the establishment, last week would have been deeply disappointing. Fayed watched glumly as Lords Jay, Fellowes and Stevens ...

  • D J Taylor: Youth needs to look up to a higher plane
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    And now, as a searing counterblast to all these years of low-level philistinism, comes the news that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, in the person of its incoming Secretary of State, Andy Burnham, is planning to bring five weekly hours of...

  • Leading article: A verdict that means business as usual
    Saturday, 16 February 2008

    In fact, that report was far worse than they could have imagined. The commission came to the conclusion that the main problem in the UK grocery market is not the untrammelled power of the large chains but the constraints on their expansion. In other ...

  • Lord Lucas: Councils are using bailiffs far too readily
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    The councils are being chiefly irresponsible in using bailiffs far too readily without any sense that they are responsible, as the creditor, for making sure that things are done properly. Politicians have allowed this situation to develop, neglecting...

  • Farzana Shaikh: Pakistan's army will still be the final arbiter
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    Pakistan has been convulsed by catastrophic events over the last four months that have transformed these elections from a carefully stage-managed show for the benefit of President Musharraf to an ominous-looking referendum on his performance, which t...

  • Leo Docherty: Pakistani elections in the Punjab; a feudal issue
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    But for many villagers in the Punjab, casting a vote has more to do with feudal allegiance than expressing a political opinion. Despite the fact that national polls suggest the two main opposition parties, the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawa...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    Now, the 'Independent' titles are against many things – for example, we're famous for controversial views on the Iraq War, climate change and civil liberties, for starters. But anti-Islam? Cor blimey. You'll probably recall the page. A life-size pict...

  • Letters: Examination nation
    Saturday, 16 February 2008

    The first was commercialisation. The presenters worked for a company that made its money by selling exams to schools. Schools, in turn, are targeted with achieving levels of passes. The presenters discussed the need to write an exam that people could...

  • Leading article: Taste the difference
    Saturday, 16 February 2008

    The public snaps up offerings from Nigella, Jamie, Gordon, Hugh and all the other "celebrity chefs" because it enjoys looking at pictures of magnificently crafted meals. But for all their popularity, we rarely try to emulate the efforts of these expe...

  • DJ Taylor: btw
    Saturday, 16 February 2008

    I was very struck by the definition of "consultation" offered by Simon Carr in his column the other day – a PR exercise undertaken to validate a decision that has already been made. One sees it everywhere. Last year, my son's school spent several m...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 17 February 2008

    Tory MPs no longer have personal assistants. According to sources inside the palace they are now referred to as executive assistants, or EAs. How grand. The measure is thought to be a way of boosting morale among staff following the Derek Conway a...

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