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  • Leading article: The biggest tragedy for Burma
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The pity of all this is that many, if not most, of these deaths will have been avoidable. Burma's misfortune has been that it has suffered a natural disaster. Its tragedy has been to have a government so callous and so suspicious of the outside world...

  • Leading article: Alex Salmond's success is taking Scotland closer to independence
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The SNP leader's success has stemmed primarily from his ability to play the devolution game with consummate skill. Mr Salmond has managed to get both Edinburgh and Westminster to, as he puts it, "dance to a Scottish jig". Witness the stumbling perfor...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Balmoral embarrassment
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    Do we conclude from this that the "good Catholic girl" routinely flouts her church's rules on contraception? So the church, it appears, tolerates her sinfulness because she is famous and influential. She belongs to a pick-and-choose church whose theo...

  • The Weasel: Mission to Milan
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The company has commissioned a dozen toothsome nibbles from Giorgio Locatelli. The recipes are on the Peroni website and "will be available in a selection of bars and restaurants across the UK". Making it fashionable to have food with drink is surely...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Final straight
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    Mr Pistorius has blurred the line between disabled and the able-bodied sport through sheer force of will. It is simply astonishing that a double amputee is in a position to challenge for a place in the Olympic 400m event, even with the help of his no...

  • 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...

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