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  • Leading article: Malicious, misguided, and badly misinformed
    Wednesday, 2 April 2008

    If only it did. The report has been delivered with some staggering anti-immigration spin. Every statistical study that seems to suggest the negative effect of migrants has been emphasised and every piece of evidence that suggests a positive impact ha...

  • Peter Godwin: The desperate throes of a master election-rigger
    Wednesday, 2 April 2008

    Stage one is the skewing of the democratic environment. He has always done this. Even in the very first post-civil war elections in 1980, that brought him to power with an overwhelming mandate. Instead of moving all his guerrillas into assembly point...

  • Letters: Dickens' last words
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    His children, through their last survivor – the Old Bailey Judge Henry Fielding Dickens, who died in 1933 – gave the view that when they and Dickens's friends were dead, that request would cease to operate. From the number of monuments, memorials and...

  • Leading article: Water - a drinking problem
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    Water prevents headaches, improves skin tone, helps you lose weight and makes a person generally healthier. Doesn't it? Well, no, actually. Or, at least, not when drunk in great volume. Two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have paddled...

  • Leading article: Bertie Ahern - a successful politician, but a tarnished legacy
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    Although Mr Ahern was a Haughey protégé, he seemed at first interested in power but not money. He presented himself as a man of plain and simple tastes, a happy workaholic content to run the country and let his own financial future look after itself....

  • Leading article: No longer as safe as houses
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    After the HBOS episode two weeks ago, it would be irresponsible to speculate about the underlying health of the business. But, whatever the truth, this announcement is part of a clear trend. Bank lending has tightened up considerably of late. Mortgag...

  • Richard Garner: Betrayal of movement's founding principles
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    The result is that they are accepting fewer children who receive free school meals than neighbouring, non-religious schools in similar circumstances. As one education expert has suggested, there can only be one reason for that – to achieve better exa...

  • Letters: British architects
    Wednesday, 2 April 2008

    The schools of architectures' abandonment of practical areas of the subject dates back to the restructuring of university funding. At that time, medics, vets and dentists appealed to the government that their courses should be exempted from funding b...

  • Leading article: The withdrawal that never was
    Wednesday, 2 April 2008

    It is surely questionable, too, whether the troops would share Mr Browne's definition of "marking time" as a description of their enforced stay at the base near Basra airport. They have already returned to combat on one occasion; in support, it was s...

  • Leading article: Put women in the picture
    Wednesday, 2 April 2008

    It is true that, down the years, some of the most discerning and distinguished art collectors have been women. It is also true that some of today's most flourishing and innovative galleries are owned or run by women. Something similar could be said a...

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