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  • Leading article: The Archbishop has stepped into a political and intellectual minefield
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The glaring problem with such an "accommodation" is that only Muslims would be bound by sharia. In a liberal and open society all citizens must be equal before the laws of the nation. There can be no laws which apply only to certain religious or cult...

  • Leading article: Another worrying sign of the times
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The number of people whose homes were repossessed last year has risen by 21 per cent. Some 27,100 homes were taken over by lenders after their owners failed to keep up repayments. And the number of mortgages in arrears rose by 8.6 per cent compared w...

  • Leading article: Wearing thin
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    Of course, it would be deplorable if this were to encourage eating disorders among boys, as the fashion industry's promotion of size-zero female models has in young girls. But, despite the fears of campaigners, it is hard to see the problem reaching ...

  • The Weasel: Matisse in Piccadilly
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    Far from being inappropriately dilatory about this astonishing whirligig of energy, colour and passion, I was one of the first to describe the work when it emerged from long isolation in St Petersburg. Back in 2000, Mrs W and I were fortunate enough ...

  • Leading article: An oppressive system that is failing our children
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    This is unlikely to surprise parents, who have long been complaining that their school-age children seem to be on a never-ending treadmill of assessments and exams. There are nationwide statutory tests for children at ages seven and 11. At secondary ...

  • Paul Vallely: Williams is snared in a trap of his own making
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    The error is assuming that the leader of a major church has the same intellectual freedom that he had when he was merely an eminent theologian. The cold fact is that the semiotics are entirely different. An academic may call for a nuanced renegotiati...

  • Letters: Religion and US politics
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    There are, believe it or not, a lot of citizens of the US who would like to think she is right. But, unfortunately, the obituary she wrote may have been premature. Most of the religious right in the US are more concerned with power than religion, and...

  • Anne Penketh: A statement of long-term aggression
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The Russian President laid down a marker, in case the West might think that his successor, the smiling Dmitry Medvedev, looks like a pushover when he takes over after next month's elections. In the presence of all the gilded trappings of state, Mr Pu...

  • Letters: Legalise cannabis
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    I have always defended cannabis as being a relatively harmless drug. However I do agree that it is increasingly becoming a problem particularly for the younger generation (The Big Question, 6 February). Skunk is a mix of the indica and sativa plants,...

  • Leading article: Hard hearts and soft targets
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    But he did considerably more than that at school. Mr Ajagbonna acted as mentor to many troubled children and became a role model for others. Mr Ajagbonna is credited by the academy's head teacher, Paul Sutton, with turning round the school's fortunes...

  • Michael McCarthy: 'Free lunch' that could cost the earth
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    Crops used to produce carbon-based fuels would suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere while they were growing, so when the fuel was burned, the CO2 that was then emitted was only the stuff that the crops had originally taken up. Result – no net ad...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    * Primary elections work like sporting tournaments, which explains their headline-grabbing power. Yet a real – and enthralling – continent-wide contest has been building to its climax through this week. On Sunday, Egypt will play Cameroon in the fina...

  • Leading article: All around the world
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    Under the proposal, cities in Asia, the Middle East and North America would bid to host the matches, which would count towards the final standings of the league. Premier League officials do not attempt to argue that their motivation is anything other...

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