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  • Leading article: Mirrors that reflect the reality of regimes
    Wednesday, 14 May 2008

    Both countries have, in theory at any rate, welcomed material aid from abroad but declined assistance from teams of international aid experts. Yet one has been showered with opprobrium and the other accorded a sovereign respect. The reason for the di...

  • Michael Brown: It's far worse for Brown than it was for Major
    Wednesday, 14 May 2008

    Since the Second World War, three unelected prime ministers – Sir Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and John Major – went on to win the subsequent general election. Two others, Sir Alec Douglas Home and James Callaghan, were defeated at the polls when t...

  • Letters: The same old Tory game
    Wednesday, 14 May 2008

    There are the upwardly mobile, employed, thrifty poor who are married and therefore benefit from tax cuts. They are the sort of people who need a hand to lift themselves out of poverty. They don't need redistribution of wealth, they need to be allowe...

  • Leading article: A cynical stunt that backfired
    Wednesday, 14 May 2008

    Labour backbenchers cheered loudly when the former Chancellor made his announcement. But they did not scrutinise the detail; if they had, there would have been few cheers. Instead, the partisan nature of British politics triumphed over any constituti...

  • Leading article: Welcome back
    Tuesday, 13 May 2008

    Even those who have never watched the show will be dimly aware that it was about the romantic and professional tribulations of four single, professional, women in Manhattan. There have been plenty of strong female characters in TV drama serials befor...

  • Neal Lawson: Labour requires a different leadership
    Tuesday, 13 May 2008

    While hope must always spring eternal on the centre-left, the reality is that after 10 years as second in command to Blair – Brown was always going to struggle to represent change over continuity and therefore always carried the potential to be doome...

  • Leading article: History lesson
    Wednesday, 14 May 2008

    Mr Lansley also said this week that, while he is in favour of removing the requirement for the approval of two doctors for a termination, he will vote in favour of lowering the time limit for an abortion to 22 weeks. Such a stance by a prominent memb...

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