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  • Leading article: If newspapers had a vote, this one would put its cross beside...
    Thursday, 1 May 2008

    As the first elections of any kind to be held since Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair as Prime Minister last summer, they will inevitably be seen to an extent as a referendum on Mr Brown's performance. This has been, and will be, fiercely denied...

  • John Curtice: Cameron must show he can depose Brown
    Thursday, 1 May 2008

    But there will be a nagging worry in his mind as the polls close. Will his party do well enough to suggest that it really looks capable of deposing Labour from power? He cannot really be sure of achieving that. In part, his problem lies in history. M...

  • Leading article: High prices, huge profits and a logical response
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Prices are so high partly because of the low value of the dollar, which has inflated assets denominated in the US currency. But a bigger factor is that reserves are under pressure. Demand is spiralling because of the rapid economic growth of China an...

  • David Steel: There is no case for changing the Abortion Act
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    We did not create abortion on request, we created a state of law where there is a balance between the right of the foetus to develop to full life and the right of the women to have what I would call in the biblical phrase "abundant life". And that is...

  • Letters: Opium policy
    Thursday, 1 May 2008

    Oil on the fire for the insurgency, this disastrously futile strategy must be replaced by an effective, pragmatic approach that helps to win back the hearts and minds of the local population and drives a wedge between the farmers and the Taliban. The...

  • Letters: Climate catastrophe
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    No other newspaper can match The Independent's coverage of environmental issues, and thus Independent readers know better than most just how urgent is the need to tackle climate change. Cities contribute three quarters of world greenhouse gas emissi...

  • Leading article: Heinous crimes and national image
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    To conclude from this, however, that Austria and Josef Fritzl were somehow uniquely made for each other takes an exercise in national stereotyping too far. Of course, if you consider the shocking case two years ago of Natascha Kampusch – a young girl...

  • Leading article: Called to account (at last)
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Yesterday, though, he was right on the money when he called for an end to what he called the "unattractive" City practice of offering huge bonuses to often inexperienced staff, so encouraging them to take huge risks. His analysis was spot-on, too. Ap...

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