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  • Leading article: The horror story that turned out to be a myth
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    There are problems, of course. It found that the rapid influx of foreign workers had caused blips both in types of crimes and in their varying geographical impact. Poles, who make up than half of the incomers, have a higher rate of drink-driving offe...

  • Michael Brown: Furious fishwives and a party in deep peril
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    I had been invited to address the Cleethorpes Conservative Association's annual dinner – a sell-out lavish black-tie event at the local golf club, the like of which I have not experienced since the Thatcher glory days. My line, "for five elections be...

  • Leading article: Africa must condemn Mr Mugabe's brutal coup
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    The strike was called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to press for publication of last month's general election results. The poll gave new meaning to the term "secret ballot" when President Robert Mugabe refused to announce the voter...

  • Ivor Roberts: Is Berlusconi the saviour that Italy so badly needs?
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    It may seem odd in Britain, where Sir Menzies Campbell was deposed as Liberal Democrat leader largely because he was perceived to be too old, but Mr Berlusconi, who has consistently rejuvenated himself with cosmetic surgery, has taken full advantage ...

  • Letters: Sustainable agriculture
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    It was disappointing to see you using the hoary old figure of 8kg of grain being needed to produce 1kg of beef, as it is based on US practices in the 1970s. The conversion ratio would be similar if cattle were fed chocolate cake or marshmallows. A be...

  • Leading article: A voice in the wilderness
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    Israel has resumed fuel deliveries to Gaza's power station, but the blockade on transport fuel continues; so does the ban on exports. Virtually all economic activity in Gaza has dried up. All that is keeping many Gazans from starvation are humanitari...

  • William M Gumede: Even his own party realises the solution must come from out of Africa
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    That is obviously an admirable and also the right sentiment. The problem is that, in the case of Zimbabwe, it has not worked. It has failed disastrously. That is what even his own party is now telling him. Mr Mbeki wanted more time but African Nation...

  • Letters: Biofuels
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    In burning woodland to clear an area for biofuels, as your front-page photograph showed, typically about 100-200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare are released into the atmosphere. The biofuel yield, conversely, is around four tonnes per hectare p...

  • Leading article: Myths and outdated attitudes
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    The Fawcett Society, in its meeting yesterday with the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, demanded government action to educate juries and to improve police evidence-gathering procedures. Anti-rape campaigners have been calling for such reforms for years....

  • Leading article: Second opinion
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    The explanation lies in the particular nature of prostate cancer. As one of the report's authors notes: "You detect a lot of prostate cancer if you look for it and much of it is indolent." Much of it is slow-growing and does not necessarily affect th...

  • Leading article: Same old song
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    Of course, it is not hard to see why London's two opera houses – ENO and the Royal Opera – often err towards the conservative. Opera is increasingly reliant on commercial sponsors. Corporate bigwigs do not tend to want untested, modern commissions. T...

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