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Monday, 24 March 2008

  • Leading article: A fresh start, and cautious hopes for a nation's future
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Yesterday saw three developments that many would have thought inconceivable. The country's newly elected parliament approved Yousaf Raza Gilani as the next Prime Minister. The former parliamentary speaker was the candidate of the late Ms Bhutto's Pak...

  • Leading article: Out of sight will not be out of mind
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Last summer England joined Scotland and much of Europe when the long-heralded law banning smoking in public places finally came into effect. We would have preferred a ban that was driven by the market, rather than by legislative diktat: one that pubs...

  • Letters: MoD and coroners
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    It is staggering that the main concern of the MoD is the criticisms at inquests rather than the substance of the criticisms, and sums up the mindset that places budgets first and personnel last, regardless of human cost. It is difficult not to conclu...

  • Leading article: Drawing the line
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    The extent of the challenge was demonstrated on Sunday. In an incident that was typical of many, Liverpool's Javier Mascherano was sent off for dissent during the match against Manchester United. As it happened, the Football Association had just laun...

  • Sarah Churchwell: The big issue in America is not race, it's class
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    "Will it win over the blue-collar white males who have been trending toward his opponent, or drive them away?" wondered Newsweek. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted "a top pol" who felt that the controversy over Reverend Wright's sermon had...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The past that we believe in is to others a myth
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Fair enough, but many libertarians who look for no gods in the sky remain prone to a modern form of ancestor worship. They tend to revere the historical events and characters that helped secure the liberties and dignities they praise: from Napoleon t...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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