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  • Leading article: A chapter ends, but the Chancellor's woes continue
    Monday, 18 February 2008

    It is easy, with the benefit of hindsight, to ask what took the Government so long. That this is the obvious question, however, does not make it either untimely or wrong. It was certainly the question Alistair Darling was most concerned to try to ans...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The right to violence
    Monday, 18 February 2008

    For 400 years, no bailiff has been allowed to force entry into our homes; they had to enter peacefully and, that done, they could re-enter by breaking in. In the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, they can now break in without a warrant t...

  • Suzi Feay: At The Sharp End
    Monday, 18 February 2008

    Then there are the eerie coincidences. You watch Ashes to Ashes, where Keeley Hawes goes to the Blitz club and dances with the New Romantics, then curl up with one of your assigned books. One page later, a character goes to the Blitz club and dances ...

  • 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...

  • 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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