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Thursday, 20 March 2008

  • Leading article: The urgency of the crisis demands radical action
    Friday, 21 March 2008

    Last week, the value of shares in Bear Stearns dropped from $61.58 to $54.28 in one day, as the market sensed trouble in one of the US's largest banks. When its staff turned up to work on Monday morning, the crisis was over. Their stricken bank had b...

  • Leading article: Generals still fighting the battles of the past
    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    Some individual ingredients may prove enriching. If Britain is to be serious about helping other people tackle their emergencies, then we need to be equipped to do this properly. To have a 1,000-strong civilian task force on standby, made up of emerg...

  • Letters: Greed of the City
    Friday, 21 March 2008

    However much the damage done by such greedy "financial services experts", events such as the dot.com bubble and the sub-prime scam don't seem to be crimes at all, or most of those caught doing it don't go to jail – just perhaps get sacked or receive ...

  • Leading article: A hawk lands in London
    Friday, 21 March 2008

    However, Mr McCain's foreign policy credentials may be less sound than he thinks. In Jordan he expressed concern that Iran had been training al-Qai'da forces in Iraq. One of his travelling companions, Senator Joe Lieberman, had to whisper a correctio...

  • Letters: The credit bubble
    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    Many of those involved will suffer, namely those who have shareholdings in the collapsing financial institutions or who lose their jobs; shareholders in Bear Stearns have lost 99 per cent of their holdings while Northern Rock is not far behind. In th...

  • Leading article: A healthy start in the search for a cure
    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    From April, patients will be able to choose to be treated at any hospital in England. This should help tackle the hospital postcode lottery. It should also offer improved services for patients, especially for those with rare conditions which are ofte...

  • Tony Juniper: Conditions for life on Earth are changing
    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    This kind of unusual sighting in the depths of winter is becoming more and more commonplace and is of more than passing interest to naturalists. It is a sign of basic changes taking place in the conditions for life on Earth. A blurring of the seasons...

  • Leading article: Money, money, money...
    Friday, 21 March 2008

    Participants in an experiment were given money and told to either spend it on themselves or give it away. When the day was done, those who gave it away felt much happier than those who indulged themselves. "How people spend their money is at least as...

  • Leading article: Status symbols
    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    The Jag/Rover brigade is led by the Business Secretary, John Hutton, who in turn is flanked by heavyweight Brownites, Jack Straw and Ed Balls. They would not dream, of course, of defending their choice on the grounds of a smoother, roomier ride, stil...

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