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  • Leading article: A successful free market needs a watchdog that will show its teeth
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    The OFT is the first line of defence against anti-competitive practice. The way the organisation goes about its task makes a huge practical difference, not just to the interests of defined groups of consumers in the short term, but also to the long-t...

  • Leading article: Intelligence or propaganda?
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    American security officials this week presented members of Congress with evidence supposedly showing that Syria, with North Korean assistance, was building a nuclear reactor on the target site and that this facility was "not intended for peaceful act...

  • Leading article: Plane offensive
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    For an organisation still smarting from the debacle of Terminal 5's opening at Heathrow, the scandal of the mistreatment of a plane-load of passengers on a flight to Nigeria, and the loss of its stranglehold on transatlantic flights, the last thing i...

  • Leading article: A victory for common sense – and for customers
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    The judge was careful to note that his judgment does not necessarily mean the charges levied by banks are indeed unfair. And he rejected the OFT's argument that the banks' terms and conditions regarding overdraft charges were not written in sufficien...

  • Daniel Kawczynski: Poles in the UK are under attack. It's got to stop
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    From Question Time to Panorama, these attacks on the Polish community in the UK have been particularly prevalent on the BBC. For the liberal elite who now realise that immigration is an issue which must be discussed, Poles are a soft target. Were the...

  • Letters: St George's Day
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    An annual, nationally recognised public holiday that helps to boost pride in our unique national identity and increase patriotism can only be a good thing for social and cultural integration in this country. Shouldn't we have a regular celebration of...

  • The Weasel: London calling
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    When we arrive at our distant goal, either northern or southerly, we inevitably find that an essential item has been left behind. Or, equally galling, we receive tempting invitations to events near our other gaff. Like Lady Kitty Spencer, who found h...

  • E Jane Dickson: A generation that must control its expectations
    Saturday, 26 April 2008

    It's the kind of website that freezes a mother's blood. There's an awful, gothic glamour to the blades and barbed wire framing the image of a slender young woman, black hair fastidiously mussed, white skin badged with blood. It looks a lot like porn....

  • Letters: Bee colonies
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    In addition to the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA),which represents hobbyist beekeepers, the Bee Farmers' Association (BFA) represents the three hundred commercial beekeepers of the UK. We fully support the BBKA in their search for a sensible ...

  • Leading article: The limitations of the military
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    More recently all that has been forgotten. General Odierno, as deputy to the outgoing supreme commander General David Petraeus, was the first senior officer to insist publicly that more troops were needed. The resulting surge, together with the Petra...

  • David Prosser: Proof that the law is on customers' side
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    In public, the banks have presented a united front, arguing they were doing nothing wrong in charging £25 or more each time customers bust their limits, even by just a few pence. Their arguments were undermined by their own behaviour – every time a c...

  • Leading article: Birds of a feather?
    Friday, 25 April 2008

    In the sort of experiment that will set running the imagination of anyone who enjoyed the technical bits of Jurassic Park, US scientists have analysed the structure of tiny shreds of collagen harvested from a fossilised Tyrannosaurus rex thigh bone. ...

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