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  • Leading article: White House race could yet turn into a real cliff-hanger
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    In so far as politics has become a sporting event, that is to the good. All the surveys suggest that the public is most put off politics when the outcome seems most certain. Give voters a tight contest and they sense their power and their interest. I...

  • Diane Abbott: Obama can transform the world's image of America
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    What it has revealed about the attitudes to race of many white British pundits and commentators is not to their credit. Obama had barely won his first caucus when one commentator devoted his column to complaining that it was harder in politics for wh...

  • Leading article: Google needs a competitor – even if it is Microsoft
    Wednesday, 6 February 2008

    In 1995 only a handful of Microsoft programmers were working on a web browser as the corporation failed to spot the potential of the new technology. When Mr Gates woke up and assigned the project his highest priority, the victim was Netscape, which h...

  • Letters: Plastic pollution
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    Waste plastic is a good feedstock for such things as plastic wood, which is an excellent building material. It does not need painting, does not rot and therefore attracts a premium price. The increasing price of wood is only likely to increase the de...

  • Leading article: The lesser of two evils
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    The potency of the civil liberties argument is bound to be diluted at a time when many in the West believe we are engaged in a "war on terror". The argument from the security services has long been seriously weakened by the fact that many other count...

  • Adam Scorer: Structure of market snuffs out any real competition
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    It is easy to see why people would believe that. Since 2003, gas bills have increased by 86 per cent and electricity bills by 64 per cent. Annual energy bills of £1,000 are commonplace. Energy companies will point to the volatile wholesale price of g...

  • Letters: Children of the Cold War
    Wednesday, 6 February 2008

    He asks why it is that my generation turned out to be baby-Führers, neurotically supervising every moment of their children's lives and demanding that teachers do the same. There is a theory that the boomer generation, while young, internalised the w...

  • Leading article: The beginning of the end
    Wednesday, 6 February 2008

    This represents a pretty unambiguous attack on Mr Mugabe. It was always likely that the first serious challenger would emerge from within the Zanu-PF Party. Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsv...

  • Katy Guest: Kylie deserves to be so lucky in love at last
    Wednesday, 6 February 2008

    It seems incredible that even before Sex And The City, before Desperate Housewives, before every little girl grew up longing for her own Richard Curtis movie ending (she nearly misses the train, there's a stage, he loves her after all, it snows...), ...

  • Leading article: Across the universe...
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    John Lennon wrote the song "Sexy Sadie" ("you made a fool of everyone") about him, claiming he had made sexual advances to their friend the actress Mia Farrow. The guru denied it, saying the pop stars had left in a huff when he reprimanded them for t...

  • Leading article: Remember them
    Wednesday, 6 February 2008

    Among the casualties was a young man from Dudley called Duncan Edwards, who has been described by Sir Bobby Charlton (who survived the crash) as "the best player I ever played with or against". When one considers that Sir Bobby himself went on to bec...

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