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  • Leading article: A valuable declaration of intent from Brussels
    Friday, 14 March 2008

    One of the topics under discussion in Brussels is EU energy policy. The presidents and prime ministers of member states are searching for an agreement on how to proceed with the liberalisation of the EU's energy market. This is an agenda very much in...

  • Leading article: A lacklustre Budget, in the shadow of Mr Brown
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    The word to which the Chancellor returned time and again was "stability". He intended it as reassurance. If maintaining stability is the Chancellor's priority, however, it rather presupposes that the enemy at the gate is instability. This inspires le...

  • Letters: Gay rights in Iran
    Friday, 14 March 2008

    Consistently, for the past week or more, The Independent has taken the lead in covering this story. You've argued this young man's need for British asylum with logic, with courage, and with heart. I hope and pray that Mr Brown's government is simila...

  • Leading article: Treat incapacity benefit with care
    Friday, 14 March 2008

    Even so, they are not having it easy. Last month the Health Secretary provoked some derision with his call for GPs to sign "well-notes" to replace what he called the "sick-note culture". In his Budget this week, the Chancellor drew the opprobrium of ...

  • You Write the Caption - 13/03/08
    Thursday, 13 March 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: Clean-coal technologies
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    In this country we are running out of choices; coal is becoming the only fossil fuel over which we have political and economical control. If we turn to gas-fired power stations, we will be increasingly dependent upon Russia and Central Asian countrie...

  • Leading article: An admiral and a self-serving administration
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    The official explanation for his resignation is that there was a damaging "perception problem" of a difference of opinion between Fallon and the White House. On the contrary, this departure was all about substance. It was an open secret in US militar...

  • Michael Brown: At last, the true heir to the mantle of Geoffrey Howe
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    The mantle of "Mogadon Man" that attached to Geoffrey Howe nearly 30 years ago now passes to Mr Darling. The crucial difference was that Sir Geoffrey had announcements of such historic proportions that we knew we slept through his speeches at our per...

  • Tony Juniper: Acts of populism cannot conceal a lack of leadership
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    The most recent modelling suggests that a cut in carbon dioxide emissions of some 80 per cent is needed by 2050. And although Mr Darling acknowledged this, and added that urgent action is warranted, he went on to announce only a weak mixture of measu...

  • Chancellor's Speech: 'Fairness and opportunity, founded on a stable economy'
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    Despite the slowdown in the world economy, in 2007 the British economy grew by 3 per cent – the fastest growth of any major economy. This year my forecast is that – as growth in the world economy slows further – growth in the British economy will be ...

  • Leading article: Boring, boring, boring...
    Friday, 14 March 2008

    To criticise the Chancellor for being boring, however, whether in his monotonal Scots presentation or in the downbeat, rather nit-picking contents of his Budget is to take negativity too far. Yes, it was a tad turgid, but boring is exactly what Mr Da...

  • Leading article: Liberal interpretation
    Thursday, 13 March 2008

    But perhaps a little has been lost in translation here. The American concept of the "liberal" is rather different from that understood by much of the rest of the world. In the United States it is used to refer to anyone congenitally in favour of a gr...

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