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Thursday, 28 February 2008

  • Leading article: A farcical contest, and the need for a united stand
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    There is a temptation to smile at the Ruritanian nature of all this. But there is nothing funny about the decision of Europe's main election watchdog, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation, to pull out of monitoring the vote because of the r...

  • Professor Alan Smithers: Lessons of the Soviet Union should have been learnt
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    It may have sounded a very good idea in No 10. But the Government might have been warned by the collapse of the Soviet economy, which depended on numerical targets, strategies and sanctions. What has happened to primary education in England is not un...

  • Leading article: Our right to privacy, unless guilty of a crime
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    Since a change in the law in 2001, the police have been routinely fingerprinting and taking DNA samples from everyone they arrest - regardless of age, the seriousness of the alleged offence, or even whether the suspect is subsequently convicted. The ...

  • You Write the Caption - 29/02/08
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    Exercise your wit, insight and maybe even a tad of news knowledge. In short, and just for fun, post your caption using the comment form below - and see other people's captions below that. We'll reproduce the best on our winners page at the beginni...

  • Letters: Drug policies
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    The recovery of assets from key criminals, including drug traffickers, has been fraught with problems. Performance targets have been regularly missed, leading to the dissolution of the Asset Recovery Agency and its work being subsumed into the Seriou...

  • Leading article: A shattering failure for our masters
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    The criticisms of the intensive testing regime imposed on children since 1997 are by now familiar. Few outside the Department for Education defend it. But the attacks on the national curriculum and centrally mandated teaching methods are less common....

  • Letters: Obama's shining path
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    As a biographer of Sir Oswald Mosley, I noted the uncanny similarity between the character of the British fascist leader and a number of contemporary pathological narcissistic personality types, such as Tony Blair and the late Pim Fortuyn. Obama appe...

  • Leading article: A problem and an opportunity
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    It is a significant moment. There have been decades of close co-operation between the leaders of the two nations: De Gaulle-Adenauer, Giscard-Schmidt, Mitterrand-Kohl, Chirac-Schroeder. But relations between Sarkozy and Merkel have grown decidedly fr...

  • Leading article: People power
    Friday, 29 February 2008

    Such scepticism is misplaced. This week alone we have witnessed three striking examples of the power of the ethical consumer. At the beginning of the week we learned that the UK market for Fairtrade food products rose by 80 per cent last year. Then, ...

  • Leading article: Hooked on headlines
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    But this good work has been spoilt by some populist grandstanding by ministers. It is two particular ideas that rankle. The first is the proposal to seize the assets of suspected drug dealers on their arrest, rather than after conviction. The second ...

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