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  • 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: A flagging quest in search of Britishness
    Wednesday, 12 March 2008

    Actually, there are some semi-decent suggestions in Lord Goldsmith's report, such as his call for a review of the present ban on asylum seekers taking paid jobs while they are awaiting their claims to be judged and that there be better funding for En...

  • Stephen Hale: We've reached the moment of truth on climate change
    Wednesday, 12 March 2008

    The really big climate event this week is tomorrow's summit of European leaders. It is the approach taken there by the Chancellor and Gordon Brown that will make the difference between success and failure. We should judge all parties on their willing...

  • 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: Children's happiness
    Wednesday, 12 March 2008

    Are children being treated as numbers to enable the nation to compete with developing nations such as India and China, rather than treating them as human beings? Mike Pictor Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Sir: I have recently registered as a childminder...

  • Leading article: The deafening silence
    Wednesday, 12 March 2008

    Contrast this with the behaviour of Western governments, which have wrung their hands in horror at the sufferings of the poor people of Darfur and yet have done practically nothing concrete to help them. It is now over two months since the United Nat...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Flight of reason
    Wednesday, 12 March 2008

    By allowing BAA to raise landing fees, the Civil Aviation Authority (most likely under gentle pressure from the Government) is bailing out BAA's Spanish parent company, Ferrovial. It is being claimed that the higher landing charges are necessary to g...

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