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Thursday, 17 April 2008

  • Leading article: The longer the contest, the better – for Obama
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    So far as the debate went, Mrs Clinton was judged to have won viewers' minds without conquering their all-important hearts. That pretty much sums up her biggest difficulty throughout this protracted campaign. Even before Wednesday night's duel, howev...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Colonel Gaddafi
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    In his otherwise excellent article (Comment, 5 April) he includes Libya as being among the "repulsive dictatorships" in the Arab world. Why he describes it as such I find difficult to understand, having spent several years living and working in Libya...

  • Leading article: Fads, and a sense of failure
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    In line with previous instalments, the conclusions are somewhat less than heartening. One report argues that the National Curriculum and the twin National Literacy and National Numeracy strategies have "decreased teacher autonomy". It reports the com...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: High spirits
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    Next month will see the repeal of the Fraudulent Mediums Act and its replacement with new Consumer Protection Regulations. Anyone who promises to summon up the dead, like Glendower, or to discern the future with the help of enchanted Tarot cards, wil...

  • 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...

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