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  • Leading article: One over-egged pudding...
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    The celebrity chef's latest attempt to whip up publicity for his television programme is a call for British restaurants to be fined if they serve fruit and vegetables that are not locally sourced or are out of season. Mr Ramsay says a law to this eff...

  • Leading article: After another fine mess, Mr Brown needs to show signs of conviction
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    And if the Prime Minister is tempted to blame circumstance or bad luck for his predicament, he should think again. This week's confusion over a Scottish referendum on independence is only the latest in a long line of disasters for which Mr Brown is i...

  • Letters: Israel at 60
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    Ibrahim Hewitt, Leicester Ofsted asserts that the new system of slimmed down and "no-notice" inspections was introduced because "the old system of giving a term's warning had created too much stress" ("Ofsted accused over deputy heads' inspection fea...

  • Leading Article: Brown: the case for the defence
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    If he's lucky, the story goes, he might just lurch on for two miserable years to inevitable defeat at the general election. If his colleagues are brave enough to get their act together, they'll dump him sooner, probably for a caretaker such as Alan J...

  • Kerry Brown: Why won't the Chinese make Burma accept the aid?
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    But the military junta in Burma has so far resisted accessing help from international donors and aid agents. Pressure has been applied through the UN and the EU, and the US has called accepting help at this time a "no brainer". But Burma's government...

  • Old Scotland took the high road. New Scotland is upwardly mobile
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    The first puzzle is to consider why Robertson's prediction of the inevitable death of nationalism has gone so badly wrong. Instead of the demise of the SNP it is now the governing party of Scotland, committed to the independence of the nation from th...

  • David Canter: Fritzl, like Fred West, believed he was a good man
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    They are reminiscent of more than one rapist who has said to his victim, without any irony, after he had assaulted her, "you should be more careful because someone nasty may have attacked you". These men do not see themselves as criminals. To them, t...

  • Noises Off: casting director Nina Gold on English roles going to foreigners
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    I think we, the British, feel very proprietorial about Jane Eyre, and the fact that people associate Page with a very young culture is another hurdle for them to get over to allow her to be a classical heroine – but I reckon she's got a lot more than...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 11 May 2008

    By the next day, as the scale of the crisis in Burma worsened, so did much of the press coverage. Only 'The Independent' (and uncharacteristically, but to its credit, 'The Sun') thought it worth leading on. "And tens of thousands dead," said my frien...

  • Letters: Independent Scotland
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    In the unlikely event that Scotland kept the monarchy, William will in fact be William III. I guess you forgot about the great Scottish 12th-century monarch William the Lion. You talked about oil revenue, but didn't mention that malt whisky is an eno...

  • The Weasel: From Canton to Croydon
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    In an atmosphere lightly perfumed with soy sauce, Mrs W and I surveyed the seemingly infinite cornucopia of Asian provender in the Wing Yip superstore, one of four around the UK. A swift exploration of the vast library of sauces endowed our trolley w...

  • Leading article: The business
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    Where would The Apprentice be without Nick and Margaret's raised eyebrows, their fierce frowns, their arch put-downs? Margaret's jibe this week about slipping standards at Edinburgh University was the latest, exquisite example. Every workplace needs ...

  • Christopher Hirst: A serving of double standards
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    When I ate at Verre in autumn 2006, diners could choose from Scottish salmon, foie gras de Landes, line-caught halibut from the North Sea, Red Label chicken from France and monkfish wrapped in Parma ham. The experience of eating "West Country pork ch...

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