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  • Leading article: There are no winners in this farcical event
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    When one considers that the whole point of the ceremonial procession is that the flame is seen to burn continuously, one wonders why the organisers did not simply give up and go home, rather than struggling on to the Charlety stadium by bus. A number...

  • 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: Internal disputes and external problems
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    A string of high-profile departures from her campaign team has highlighted some significant internal disagreements. First, her chief of staff, Patti Solis Doyle, resigned in February as Mrs Clinton began to "go negative" against Barack Obama. Then a ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Closing post offices
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    Over the past few days, and equipped with my pass, my passport and a recent gas bill, I have queued at three post offices, for the sticker that will renew my Freedom Pass. None of them had stickers. It had not occurred to any of them to place a notic...

  • Leading article: Laid to rest
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    But it is equally true that Diana had written, only months before her fatal journey, that she feared some people were plotting her assassination and that it would involve "brake failure". That is hardly typical behaviour of those who die in car accid...

  • Vernon Bogdanor: The lack of democracy in our local elections
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    In many other English local authority areas, there seems little point in voting, since the outcome under the first-past-the-post system is a pre-ordained clean sweep, with one party gaining nearly all the seats on the council, even though its vote do...

  • Robert Verkaik: Why verdict will not silence the conspiracy theorists
    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    History shows that the legal process is inadequately equipped and was never designed to answer allegations based on rumour, hearsay or speculation. Mohamed Al Fayed's central accusation – that the Duke of Edinburgh ordered the murder of his son and 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 ...

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