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Saturday, 26 April 2008

  • 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: Going to work on the egg
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    There are two obstacles. One is price; the other is simply maintaining awareness. On the first, the market is finally beginning to work. Free-range production has increased so much that the price difference has reduced. At Tesco yesterday it was 14 p...

  • 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...

  • Paul Vallely: If we prevent Africa feeding itself, no wonder there's a food shortage
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    The poorer you are, the greater percentage of your income you spend on food. The world's poorest people use more than 80 per cent of their daily wage just putting food in their children's mouths. That is why the current spike in global food prices is...

  • Isabel Hilton: Latin America: the leaders change but the injustice lives on
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    Lugo joins the lengthening list of leaders who have come to power in Latin America on the hopes of the dispossessed, the excluded, the poor and the landless. They are the marginalised majorities who have prevailed against corrupted electoral machines...

  • 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...

  • Micheal Williams: Readers editor
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    A: When it sells newspapers. Death, disaster, tragedy and crisis have been the staple fare of newsrooms since the dawning of time. And you can generally rely on a big event under one of these headings to put on sales. "Good story!" a news editor ...

  • Peter Stanford: Prisoners would not kill themselves if jails were cushy
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    Opening the latest cache, many full of despair and disturbing details about physical conditions in Britain's over-crowded jails, I tuned in to Friday's Today programme. Glyn Travis, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, was...

  • Jeremy Hardy: For once, Humph's sense of timing failed him
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    Humph was 40 years older than me, but when I saw him in hospital a few days before the surgery that we all hoped would keep him with us his restless energy was visible in every pore and whisker. For someone who could keep such a straight face, he was...

  • Joanna Lumley: Be a good egg. Join me as a free-range warrior
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    For the past two years, Compassion in World Farming has been engaging with the corporate world, persuading big players to abandon battery eggs and pledge to use eggs from more humane systems – at least from barn-kept hens, though free-range is best. ...

  • Nicholas Kent: Noises Off
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    Twenty years later, we revived the production. This time, the audience was completely different. As well as West Indians and whites, there were Afghanis, and Iraqis, and Somali Muslims, and they were all enjoying this Trinidadian play together. Londo...

  • 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....

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 27 April 2008

    The professor's work had been helpful to Boris in the past for at least one previous article, and so impressed was Boris with Hennessy's talk this time that he decided it should be represented in his piece. In his enthusiasm to spread Hennessy's word...

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