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Sunday, 27 April 2008

  • Leading article: The contest is local, the significance national
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Indeed, the capital has become something of a proxy battleground for the main political parties in recent weeks. Boris Johnson has been thrust forward as a representative of David Cameron's modernising Conservative Party; with its new emphasis on inc...

  • 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: The price of our oil dependency
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    The Forties Pipeline, which provides 30 per cent of the UK's daily oil output from the North Sea, has been shut because it relies on electricity and steam generated from Grangemouth. The Government fears a repeat of the politically damaging fuel prot...

  • Len Seymour: This is only the beginning of what gene therapy can do
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    The University College London/Moorfields study is a welcome step forward. It highlights the principle that gene therapy can be used to improve vision in some patients with Leber's congenital amaurosis, giving hope where there was none before. Hope is...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Saving the white rhino
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Professor Millar proposes a very ambitious but impractical solution to the extinction crisis facing this animal. While the chimera technique may have been successful with mice, it is an enormous leap to generalise this success to a large vertebrate l...

  • Leading article: Clearer view
    Monday, 28 April 2008

    Leber's Congenital Amaurosis leads to progressive loss of sight. It is caused by a single fault in a single gene. Now, by injecting a solution containing the normal gene into the retina at the back of a sufferer's eye, researchers from Moorfields hav...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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