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Monday, 10 March 2008

  • Leading article: Make the polluters pay, and give the others a break
    Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    Mr Darling has a chance tomorrow to show serious commitment to the principle that the polluter must pay. There is talk of a rise in fuel duty, higher taxes on heavily polluting vehicles, a replacement of air passenger duty with a tax on each flight a...

  • Leading article: This foolish rush into the arms of the dirtiest fuel
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    The Business Secretary appears to have bought into the arguments of the electricity companies that coal can, in fact, be "clean". E.ON, which owns the existing Kingsnorth coal plant, claims that preserving the environment is at the top of its agenda....

  • Leading article: A victory for moderation
    Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    It was a bitter and often nasty campaign in which the right of the Popular Party exploited every issue, from immigration to marriage, to attack the prime minister. It failed to get its man. In two other ways, as well, Spain's election is of clear ben...

  • Mary Bousted: Failure could be the best thing for children
    Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    We are some way from achieving this. We asked schoolchildren about their experience of education. They said they enjoy learning, but do not enjoy being tested. But we put our children and young people through a plethora of tests and examinations, and...

  • Letters: Racism in Britain
    Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    But now Migration Watch spokesmen are dictating the agenda because there is such an appalling lack of nationally recognised statistics. There was always an undercurrent of the less successful elements in British society who saw the massive sudden Pol...

  • Leading article: Bowler hats and bankers
    Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    Mention the "Square Mile" and older generations will summon to mind bowler-hatted bankers crossing London Bridge. Younger folk will think of Porsches and wine bars. Either way, in the popular imagination, the City of London has long meant finance. Bu...

  • Letters: Taxing alcohol
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    Sir: The Chancellor's Budget this week may well include a massive rise in the tax on alcohol, to combat binge drinking. There are likely to be two groups who will react to this. The moderate adult drinker will claim that they are being penalised for ...

  • Leading article: A president's shameful legacy
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    At the weekend, President Bush vetoed a bill that would have specified what CIA interrogation techniques can legitimately be used against suspected terrorists. The intelligence bill, passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress, would have limited CIA ...

  • Austin Mitchell: Enough Micawberism, we need a Keynesian cure
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    Yet it ensures two years of political Micawberism and, since things can only get worse this year, a further accumulation of the grievances and grumbles that hang round the neck of any party 10 years in power. Not an exciting prospect for the rank and...

  • Leading article: Good night
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    It will come as no surprise either to learn that the over-45s are getting the least sleep, while 18- to 24-year-olds receive the most. Our universities come in for a lot of criticism these days, but they are still managing to produce top performers i...

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