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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...

  • Leading article: In search of some wind in their sails
    Friday, 2 May 2008

    This is not merely bad news for investors. The sale threatens to derail Britain's entire renewable energy strategy. The Government has signed up to the European Union-wide target of generating 20 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by the e...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Organic farming
    Friday, 2 May 2008

    For some time the apparent "killer question" to organic farmers, researchers and evangelists has been: can organic farming feed the world? The other key element of the new order of food production is the shrinking availability and rocketing price of ...

  • Leading article: Russia is acting like a colonial bully
    Friday, 2 May 2008

    Russia has now upped the ante, announcing that it intends to increase the troop contingent it keeps in Abkhazia under a 15-year-old agreement. It said the move was a response to Abkhaz fears that Georgia planned to reintegrate the region by force. Tw...

  • Nigel Morris: A result that puts Cameron on course for Downing Street
    Friday, 2 May 2008

    The party was picking up about 44 per cent support yesterday, enough to produce a comfortable overall Conservative majority at the next election. During the turmoil of John Major's Premiership in the mid-1990s, the Tories slumped to about a quarter o...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Costs, benefits, and the right to know
    Friday, 2 May 2008

    That said, the appeal court victory for the licence-holder of the Alzheimer's drug, Aricept, is a useful warning shot across its bows. The judges found that the process by which Nice decided to restrict NHS funding for Aricept to moderate sufferers w...

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