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  • Leading article: It's time for a more nuanced approach to the Kremlin
    Monday, 7 April 2008

    Mr Bush's decision to meet Vladimir Putin in Sochi yesterday was significant, entailing a long extra flight by Mr Bush from his previous stopover in Croatia. More important than the air mileage, perhaps, was the warm way the two leaders addressed eac...

  • Leading article: Privacy? Yes. Secrecy? No
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The Speaker and the Prime Minister tried to use the privacy argument in their doomed attempt to prevent full disclosure of MPs' expenses. Twelve days ago, the House of Commons Commission decided, at the last minute and against its previous legal advi...

  • Alex Vines: In a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, just what is to be done?
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The twists and turns since election day meant a meeting yesterday between the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and South African President, Thabo Mbeki, was first cancelled then hastily rescheduled, after Mugabe finally emerged to make it clear that he ...

  • Leading article: Reform in the wrong direction
    Monday, 7 April 2008

    But now, as MPs go aback to their constituencies for an uncomfortable recess, Labour has hanging round its neck a "reform" that clearly rewards middle-income earners and penalises the poor. As presentational failures go, this is as bad as it gets. Tr...

  • Norman Lebrecht: The clapped-out legacy of Karajan that impoverished classical music
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    There was a time, defined by dictatorship, to which Karajan provided the musical backdrop. He was ubiquitous in the 1970s and 1980s, a commanding cultural presence with admirers in high places. When he died in July 1989, I found myself on the Today p...

  • Letters: Carbon offsetting
    Monday, 7 April 2008

    Credible carbon offsets are already helping to fund the clean technologies the world needs, and creating millions of tonnes of carbon savings, nearly two million a year from Climate Care alone. This is why numerous experts and environmental groups su...

  • Joanna Briscoe: At the Sharp End
    Monday, 7 April 2008

    The new 26-part cartoon series features the offspring of Enid Blyton's original Five: tomboy George allegedly travelled to the Himalayas, met an actual man, and gave birth to a girl called Jo, short for Jyoti, while Anne turned Californian art dealer...

  • Leading article: Fanning the flame?
    Monday, 7 April 2008

    But we should be quite wrong to conclude that politics was only now being allowed to intrude into a laudable, ancient rite and into the once sacred arena of sport. There is nothing particularly sacred about the torch, essentially a fashion accessory ...

  • Stan Hey: A betting footballer is a dead cert
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    If you're a modern footballer, the chances are that, apart from playing golf, you will have a few bets on the races. And you know a bookie anyway. He's likely to be a working-class lad like yourself, who's earned himself a few bob. The nobs who rule ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Divas in their prime swap talent for tantrums
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    Then there was Mariah Carey, the singer whose stay in London has required simple add-ons such as a £50,000 antique table being flown in from New York to sign autographs on (one hopes she didn't sign the actual table), a £10,000 gym installed in her h...

  • Stewart Lee: Noises Off
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To be fair, it is true that there are fewer jokes on television concerning Islam than there are jokes concerning Christianity, but it is a leap of faith to assume this means such jokes have been removed to protect Muslim sensibilities and BBC staff. ...

  • Erick Morillo: The view from the decks
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    The partying and the clubbing have put the island on the map as a world-class destination. People think that TV show 'Ibiza Uncovered' is what it's like, but that show was the really bad side of Ibiza, and it should have been left in the dark. Ibiza ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    "In this digital age," she writes, "it would seem to be an easy task to update the wee pictures accompanying each article. It feels as if I have been looking at the picture of Simon Price, with those funny wing things on his head and heavy eyebrows, ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 6 April 2008

    To the Irish embassy for the launch of 'Great Hatred, Little Room', a well-timed account of the Good Friday Agreement by Tony Blair's chief of staff, Jonathan Powell. Chatter concentrated – not without relish – on the infighting among Gordon's sen...

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