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  • Leading Article: There must now be no return to military rule
    Thursday, 21 February 2008

    Meanwhile, the two biggest parties to emerge from the vote, Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League and the People's Party of the late Benazir Bhutto, are ready to do a deal, which would give them control of a majority in Parliament. The new government will hav...

  • Leading article: Cheap drink, violence, and an outbreak of moral panic
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    We cannot argue that Britain does not have a drink problem. We may not be the biggest consumers of alcohol in the world but the manner in which we drink is particularly unhealthy. Few nations binge-drink quite as enthusiastically as the British, and ...

  • Shami Chakrabarti: The excuse that America didn't tell us doesn't wash
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    While I welcome Mr Miliband's admission and apology to the House of Commons – tardy and not entirely unsurprising though it may be – it certainly raises the question as to why it took us so long to get to this point. Liberty first wrote to the Foreig...

  • Philip Cullum: An exciting example of what consumers can achieve
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    The question of whether consumers are able to exercise informed choice is also a concern. The evidence suggests that a significant number of people switching companies end up with a worse deal, suggesting that the market may not be working as well as...

  • Leading Article: Clumsy steps in the wrong direction
    Thursday, 21 February 2008

    So what exactly does this mean? A Home Office Green Paper proposes a hike in visa application fees to create a "transitional impact" fund. The details are unspecified but we are told that the purpose of this fund would be to "ease the pressures" caus...

  • Letters: Secondary-modern education
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    Like most of my council-estate contemporaries I did not attend a grammar school. Nor, for that matter, did I go to an Oxbridge college. However, I do remember our saintly English teacher introducing Keats, Jane Austen and Henry IV Part I to us for ou...

  • Leading article: The alarming spectre of a new arms race
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    A supplementary argument, not broached by the Pentagon, was that the military technology loaded on to the satellite was not anything that America wanted another country to find on its territory. Be that as it may, it made complete sense for the US to...

  • Letters: An invisible group of Muslim women suffers under sharia law
    Thursday, 21 February 2008

    Some of the most aggressive and misogynist views I have heard are from women wearing the headscarf. The first question likely to be asked of girls or women suffering domestic violence in the Muslim community, is what they did to cause their family/hu...

  • The Third Leader: When the going gets tough...
    Thursday, 21 February 2008

    Post-poll analysis showed that she lost ground among less educated voters and lower earners, and had only a bare majority among women. Mr Obama had made serious encroachments into her hitherto most reliable support. Is it curtains, then, for the Clin...

  • Leading article: Switch (or switch off)
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    Now it should be no secret to anyone that energy prices overall have soared. Higher consumption in the emerging economies, a global shortage, and the tardy development of new gas fields and oil pipelines can all be blamed. But British Gas customers h...

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