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Thursday, 10 April 2008

  • Leading article: A damning indictment of business and government
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    The judgment is as disturbing as it is excoriating. The court found that the Saudis – as was widely mooted at the time – had threatened to end diplomatic co-operation with Britain and call off a future contract for BAE to supply Eurofighter aircraft,...

  • Christian Wolmar: Fragile industry with a difficult journey ahead
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    The reasons for the boom are fairly straightforward. Railways have always done well at times of economic growth and the big driver is commuting, as passengers with season tickets now account for half of all journeys. In particular, the economy of Lon...

  • Gary McKeone: The lesson of the peace process: terror works
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    Ironically, the Duddy family had recently moved out of our neighbourhood and crossed to the east bank of Derry's River Foyle for security reasons. But their place of worship was on the west bank, the time of service fixed and his commitment to his ch...

  • Leading article: The second wave of the revolution in universities
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    A revolution has taken place in higher education in recent years. The old universal provision of funding has been replaced with a system of variable tuition fees. This was always going to entail two successive waves of turbulence. The first wave was ...

  • John Curtice: Labour has little to lose in this poll
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    Held on the same day as the European elections, the 2004 local elections saw Labour record its worst local election performance since at least the 1960s. It lost nearly 500 councillors. There was just one striking exception to that dismal story – Ken...

  • Roman Ngouabeu: Let me escape from this terrifying limbo
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    As I write I am in the office of the Cameroon Support Network – a group which I set up to provide advice and support to my fellow Cameroonians. All of us were very happy to read in this newspaper yesterday that the four leading mayoral candidates hav...

  • Letters: World food markets
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    Recent price rises have proved this to be a high-risk strategy. Developing countries spend twice as much of their hard-earned foreign exchange on food imports as in 2000. It's the poor who suffer. Even farmers need to purchase some food. Any increase...

  • Leading article: On the right track – shame about the service
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    So should we be celebrating? Don't expect street parties any time soon. Few regular passengers will be fooled by these headline figures. Behind the talk of "record years" lies the uncomfortable fact that we have a third-rate rail system in this count...

  • Letters: Voting reform
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    The Liberal Democrats do, indeed, have a long-standing goal of replacing FPTP with a system of proportional representation. But what Gordon Brown is said to be "warming to", and what Peter Hain is urging, is the idea of replacing FPTP with the altern...

  • Leading article: The clear choice facing America
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    General Petraeus, as always, looked the part of the stern, ascetic military man. This time, though, his message was downbeat. He might be the author of the much-vaunted "surge", which reversed months of staged reductions in US troops, and this strate...

  • Sean O'Grady: What difference will the currency crunch make?
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    This was the colourful judgement of one unnamed foreign-exchange trader when the European single currency was launched in 1999, a phrase seized upon in Eurosceptic circles. The euro was dismissed as a "synthetic" currency that wouldn't be able to wit...

  • Ellie Levenson: A less than charitable approach by sponsors
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    Now I am grown up, the rules have all changed. Barely a week goes by without me being asked to sponsor an adult friend, and the past few weeks have seen several requests as the London Marathon approaches. If I were to say yes to them all, I would be ...

  • Leading article: Tone deaf
    Friday, 11 April 2008

    Mr Sokolov has been put off by the Home Office's new requirement that anyone applying for a UK work visa must supply their biometric data before entering the country. Mr Sokolov would prefer to stay at home than submit to this. This is Mr Sokolov's p...

  • Leading article: Aussie rules
    Thursday, 10 April 2008

    He has just been in Britain, where he held bilateral talks and delivered a packed lecture at the London School of Economics. Given Australia's geographical position, his past as a diplomat in China and the coincidence of the shambolic passage of the ...

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