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  • Leading article: This foolish rush into the arms of the dirtiest fuel
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    The Business Secretary appears to have bought into the arguments of the electricity companies that coal can, in fact, be "clean". E.ON, which owns the existing Kingsnorth coal plant, claims that preserving the environment is at the top of its agenda....

  • Leading article: Every child matters
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Indeed, so all-encompassing has Labour's concern seemed that the charge of nanny-statism is often made. Our children seem to be tracked, tested and monitored to an unprecedented degree. And yet, for all these professions of concern, and for all this ...

  • Tim Lott: White, working class – and threatened with extinction
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Why do we allow ourselves, even in the privacy of our own heads, to wield such hateful terms towards this particular minority group? The BBC's new White season which began last Friday is unlikely to provide any answers. It lacks a polemic in defence ...

  • Cole Moreton: Forgetfulness is what keeps fathers going, too
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    There is, new dads can now reflect wearily, a scientific reason for all this. Mumnesia, a phenomenon as old as Eve, analysed and validated by the University of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Women suffer memory lapses after chi...

  • Letters: Taxing alcohol
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    Sir: The Chancellor's Budget this week may well include a massive rise in the tax on alcohol, to combat binge drinking. There are likely to be two groups who will react to this. The moderate adult drinker will claim that they are being penalised for ...

  • Leading article: A president's shameful legacy
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    At the weekend, President Bush vetoed a bill that would have specified what CIA interrogation techniques can legitimately be used against suspected terrorists. The intelligence bill, passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress, would have limited CIA ...

  • Austin Mitchell: Enough Micawberism, we need a Keynesian cure
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    Yet it ensures two years of political Micawberism and, since things can only get worse this year, a further accumulation of the grievances and grumbles that hang round the neck of any party 10 years in power. Not an exciting prospect for the rank and...

  • Alison Shepherd: Our young don't grow up too soon, Dame Jackie, but too late
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    But this time she has got it wrong. Childhood does not die at 11, it marches remorselessly on into the twenties and can still be spotted in some thirty-somethings. It has been stretched so far that some of the things that pre-teens do are identified ...

  • Melanie McDonagh: The only public space left is the market place
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    It closed, as did 4,000 others, in 2006. The post office then moved to a branch of Costcutter which, however convenient in terms of opening hours, had little obvious civic dignity. Then a branch of Tesco Express opened next door, and when, as a resul...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Was Channel 4's Jon Snow right to think that viewers and readers might never want to trust the media again? Or were you cheerleading the prince, alongside the head of Sky News, who said: "News blackouts happen all the time, with kidnaps and the PM's ...

  • Leading article: Good night
    Monday, 10 March 2008

    It will come as no surprise either to learn that the over-45s are getting the least sleep, while 18- to 24-year-olds receive the most. Our universities come in for a lot of criticism these days, but they are still managing to produce top performers i...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    The Liechtenstein whistle-blower has prompted much nail-biting in Europe's other funny money havens. Residents of Monaco have been reassured their banking secrets will remain protected, but there is another growing cause for concern. The principal...

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