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  • Leading article: The challenge ahead... how to feed the world over the coming century
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Staples such as rice, wheat and maize have risen 40 per cent globally since the middle of last year. Grain stocks have fallen to alarmingly low levels. We are feeling the effects here in the UK in the form of rising inflation, but the pressure is muc...

  • Sean O'Grady: Rich countries have ability to solve problem
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    One reason why so many governments in emerging nations such as the Ukraine, Syria and Egypt are turning away from world markets and embracing barter deals is because those world markets are so hideously distorted by a web of subsidies and tariffs con...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Pop festivals
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Glastonbury, V, Reading and the rest are suffering because for years fans have been ripped off by high ticket and food prices, paying hundreds of pounds to watch bands on a stage a mile away from where they sit, often in the filthiest conditions imag...

  • The Weasel: Mr Deedes goes to Waugh
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Later I discovered that the £65 Mrs W coughed up for Evelyn Waugh's Scoop was pretty much the going rate. On the Internet, you can pay £71 for the same volume in the same condition ("Very good. No jacket. Cloth binding has marbled design in black and...

  • Leading article: The return of a political comedian
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    In the run-up to tomorrow's general election, Mr Berlusconi has again dipped into his old bag of populist tricks, suggesting fantastic policies such as the introduction of a tax-free month, and calling for mental health tests for prosecutors. He has ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Big Lucian
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    No doubt there are a few investors of both varieties milling around the world's top auction rooms. But which one will pick up Lucian Freud's Big Sue, which goes under the hammer at Christie's in New York next month? It is believed by Christie's that ...

  • 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...

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