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  • Leading article: A watershed for clean energy
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    There are no prizes for guessing which will get the most attention, but in 20 years' time the story may be very different, for the low-key event in Northern Ireland may then well be seen either as the beginning of something radically new, or as a tra...

  • Alexander Studholme: The spirituality of Tibet is a lesson to China – and to us
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    In his autobiography, Freedom in Exile, the Dalai Lama recorded his reaction. "I felt a violent burning sensation all over my face and I was suddenly very afraid," he wrote. On further reflection, though, this fear turned into confusion and even amaz...

  • Peter Hennessy: Blink and you'd miss it. Brown said sorry
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    "Overseas, our belief in the rule of law means we will support a rules-based approach to international affairs, under which issues are resolved wherever possible through discussion and due process, with the use of force as a last resort." Whitehall h...

  • Leading article: Teachers are right... class sizes matter
    Monday, 24 March 2008

    There are two issues driving the calls for industrial action – pay and class sizes. On both, the Government can fairly claim to have improved the situation in its early years. But on both they can now be accused of backsliding. Pay is the most immedi...

  • John Sauven: Brown must get a grip... we should be leading the pack on clean energy
    Monday, 24 March 2008

    government intent. There is a serious split in the Government over this issue. The disagreement centres on a technical detail but adds to a growing sense that the only way this problem can be properly dealt with is for the entire Cabinet to take a fr...

  • Simon O'Hagan: Cameron's gleeful cycle spies can just push off
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    Even though it's Tory hopeful Boris who rides a bike and Ken who goes by Tube, most cyclists will surely want to back the man who recently unveiled plans to spend £500m on equipping London with the infrastructure to turn it into "Europe's No 1 cyclin...

  • Basil Brush: Down with battery hens – so dashed hard to get at
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    Hello fox fans, Basil here. You might have heard that your favourite vulpine friend got in a bit of bother last week for an alleged racist remark about Gypsies. Tosh and piffle, of course, but for a while B Brush Esquire was in danger of having his c...

  • Jonathan Romney: Noises Off
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    As a director, he was universally respected, even if critics were sometimes wary of his work. It was possible to admire his ambition and integrity, while sometimes wishing the films were a little less monumental. His cameo appearance last year in Joe...

  • Leading article: A tale of two arguments
    Monday, 24 March 2008

    Charles Dickens, it turns out, was a figure in this mould. Early to spot the rise of a personality cult, he wrote in his will that he wanted to be remembered for his novels alone, and that "no monument, memorial or testimonial whatever" should commem...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    News last week that 'The Spectator' ran a bowdlerised version of Peregrine Worsthorne's review of the recent biography of Bill Deedes – because the article said Deedes had a low opinion of the title's owners – will have shocked defenders of free s...

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