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Thursday, 15 May 2008

  • Leading article: This debate over abortion is unwanted and irrelevant
    Friday, 16 May 2008

    The picture was complicated yesterday with the publication of a raft of amendments which MPs have laid down for debate next week. A large number might have been expected, given the range of contentious issues – from human-animal research embryos to s...

  • Leading article: The good, the bad and the gimmicky
    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    The national savings scheme for the low paid is also a sensible proposal. For too long, the incentives have been to load up on credit, rather than put money aside for the future. A cultural shift is necessary if we are to bridge the yawning pension s...

  • Letters: Football louts
    Friday, 16 May 2008

    There were broken glass bottles everywhere, not to mention gangs of so-called football fans charging round the public areas of our city, already completely inebriated but still with dozens more cans of lager yet to drink. Heading down one street, I e...

  • Leading article: How to weather the financial storms
    Friday, 16 May 2008

    So why is Germany bucking the miserable trend? The country seems to be benefiting from labour market reforms of recent years and a resurgence of exports. Unemployment has fallen and consumer demand has risen. Analysts are also arguing that the milder...

  • Letters: British nuclear power
    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    First, even nuclear power enthusiasts (I confess to being one) would surely doubt the wisdom of handing over both responsibility for safety and security of supply to any foreign government. Second, the playing field is not level: generation and suppl...

  • Leading article: Save the lungs of our planet
    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    It is easy for rich nations to condemn an emerging economy which succumbs to commercial pressures and abandons the environment. But this is not one country's problem. Climate change is the greatest market failure the world has seen; those who pollute...

  • Frank Kane: I still have nightmares about my son's brush with this terrifying disease
    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    I know many parents, relatives and friends will soon be about to suffer the anguish that my family and I went through in 1998, when my bouncing nine-month-old boy Patrick was struck down by a vicious form of meningococcal scepticaemia, the blood pois...

  • Leading article: Tone deaf
    Friday, 16 May 2008

    Think it can work to a politician's advantage? Consider the recent evidence. The Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, has been reprimanded by John Mellencamp for playing the musician's songs at his rallies. Here in Britain, Paul Weller has...

  • Leading article: The real injustice
    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    Here are the acknowledged facts surrounding the case: Baha Mousa was killed in Basra in 2003 after being arrested by a British army patrol from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and taken to a temporary army detention facility. A post-mortem examinatio...

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